Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Craft Tutorial: Make Hair Bobbles with Fabric Decoupaged Beads

The forecast for St. Patrick’s Day this Thursday looks rather gloomy. Knowing my girls, they won’t take their jackets off at school, thus not revealing the green part of their St. Patrick’s Day Dresses, thus increasing their pinch vulnerability!



So I created green hair bobbles by decoupaging wood beads with green fabric scraps and hair elastics. I based this on my previous tutorial on how to make Decoupaged Kids Art Beads and Dress-Up Necklaces.hairbobbles

{Please note that around here, the technical term for any hair accessory with an elastic a “Hair Boingy”. Why? Because elastic goes “boing boing,” of course.}

How to Make Hair Bobbles, I mean Boingys, with Fabric Decoupaged Beads



  • Fabric Scraps (dimensions below)
  • Fabric Mod Podge
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Jar and skewer with a rubber band (your 3rd hand when decoupaging the beads)
  • Another skewer or two (to act as a drying rack for the beads)
  • Thin hair elastics


Please see the Decoupage Kids Art Beads tutorial first for specific directions, otherwise this may not make sense!

The methods are very similar to my previous tutorial in which I used paper to cover the beads, with a few little changes as fabric seemed to be a little less forgiving than paper. I’m by no means a decoupage expert but here were my observations and changes:

  • I cut the fabric scrap smaller than the measurements for paper. Fabric is a little bulkier, so if there’s any excess fabric it will stick up. So using the same sized beads as in my previous tutorial ,the dimensions for the fabric scrap are 2 inches long by 5/8 inches wide. hairbobble2
  • I used Fabric Mod Podge to adhere the fabric to the wood beads. I had tried Matte Mod Podge first, but the fabric didn’t seem to stick as well.
  • I tried cutting little slits along the edges as I did with paper, to help the edges lay down along the curvature of the bead. This didn’t work as well, again because of the bulk of the fabric. So I merely trimmed the fabric away with scissors if I couldn’t flatten it down.
  • I put a thicker coat of Fabric Mod Podge on the fabric scrap to adhere to the bead. After drying for two hours, I applied a much thinner coat on top to seal. I used a thinner coat because it gave the fabric a shiny look if I used too much, and I wanted to preserve the fabric look to it. I also tried using a thin layer Matte Mod Podge for the sealant, and that worked well too. hairbobble3

Then allow the seal to dry. I let it dry overnight as it was still quite sticky after a few hours.


Now we’ll attach the beads to the hair elastics. This is a good time to use old ones that have been stretched out. Actually, the longer it is the better! It will give you more length to work with. Thread both of the beads onto the hair elastic by forming a little loop and shoving it through the hole. With these wood beads (from Michaels) the hole is large so it should fit. If you need help, use the crimp on the elastic as a “needle” and push that through the hole.


Take one bead and put it through the loop on the opposite side.


Repeat with the other bead.

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If your elastics are too short, you can knot two together. Not sure what kind of knot this is called, but you just pull them in opposite directions. The extra length can also accommodate bigger beads.

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And you’re done.


And it’s easy to untie them, so if you don’t have a lot of hair elastics, you can interchange the beads.

The hardest part of this tutorial is waiting for the glue to dry! And hearing the question “Where’s my new hair boingy?” over and over and over again.

I am assuming that the majority of you know how to put these on (wrap both elastic strands around the ponytail and insert one bead through the other loop). I’ve had short hair since 1983 so this was all by memory! I’ve had fun living vicariously through my girls’ long hair!


Can’t believe this was them at around 1 year old, when they had barely enough hair for a barrette.





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  1. These are super awesome! I'm an adult and I want to make a bunch for my long, annoying hair. Can't wait to try it out :D

  2. They're so cute, I'm definitely going to have to try this! And your daughters are adorable!

  3. Those are super cute! Thinking ahead... birthday gifts for cute little girls with long-ish hair -- boing, boing!!!

  4. I love these! Now I need to find a little girl to make them for!

  5. These are SO cute! Thanks so much for linking them up :D

  6. So adorable! very nice tutorial!

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  7. what a clever idea! hello! i am your newest follower from the blog hop. your site is so cute and i look forward to reading more posts. i would also appreciate if you took some time to check out my blog and followed me too! thanks & have a great day!

  8. these are so cute!!

  9. Great idea! Thanks for the tutorial! And what adorable little models!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!

  10. What a cute project and a great tutorial!!

  11. These are so pretty! What a clever thing to do.

  12. They're so pretty! I remember wearing that style of hair elastic as a child, but never ones as cool and stylish. I love how you've updated a classic!

  13. I'd love for you to link up at Inspire Me Mondays!

  14. Steph-

    So sweet. This is why I need a daughter soon..

    Thanks for linking this project up at Creative Juice...

  15. that is SO creative- i love the fun bright spring colors used. looks darling on your little darlings ;) thanks so much for linking up! happy monday!

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    Thanks for your contribution and keep up your great craft ideas!

  17. soo soo sooo cute love them :) and an excellent up cycle i have entered it into my to do list if i make any i will show you
    i am hosting a lil giveaway of a beaded wrist band spring theme i would love you to enter too .take care

  18. Love this idea! I am always looking for something simple to put in my girls hair. These are perfect. We will be featuring you on our blog ziggycrafts.blogspot!

  19. These are so cool - and those babies are too cute for words!

  20. My girls still don't have enough hair for these yet. But, when they do, I'll order some from you, yeah?! Do you sell them? --YY


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