I got the idea in my head to try stiffening lace, and I just had to try it on something. I think the idea came to me when I was making this Easter bunny craft, and I thought it would be neat make some pretty butterflies out of stiffened lace. I attached them to some bobby pins to make beautiful hair pins for my girls.
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To make some stiffened lace butterfly hair pins, you’ll need:
- lace fabric
- freezer paper (or wax paper)
- paint brush
- fabric stiffener (I used this Mod Podge Stiffy.)
- bobby pins
- needle and thread OR hot glue gun
- butterfly template
Lay your lace on top of a piece of freezer paper. Follow the instructions on your fabric stiffener to stiffen the fabric. I used Mod Podge Stiffy, brushed on a coat, let it dry, and then repeated the process to add a second coat. Put the lace out in the sun if you want it to dry faster. It will dry clear, so don’t worry if it fills in the holes of the lace.
Once the second coat is dry, use the butterfly template provided to cut out some butterflies. Use tape instead of pins to hold the pattern in place.
Fold the butterfly’s wings up to create a crease in the middle. Use a needle and thread or hot glue to attach the butterfly to a bobby pin. If you sew it, the butterfly will slide around a little. Hot glue will keep it more secure, but you have to be careful not to glue the pin shut.
The pins look so pretty and feminine in the girls’ hair, and they love wearing them! Also take a look at these fun tween and teen craft ideas!
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