These cute and colorful sea shell barrettes are easy to make and perfectly on trend for summer! You can make your own beautiful hair clips in any color combo you like with this fun and simple DIY project.
Barrettes, hair clips, and bobby pins are all back in a big way, and I have been really enjoying getting into this trend, so it was definitely time for some DIY hair accessories. Since summer is upon us and I’m dreaming of pool days and sandy toes, I decided to create some mermaid-inspired, beachy sea shell barrettes.
Ready for some adorable new hair clips? Here’s everything you will need to make your own.
Sea shell barrettes supplies:
- Darice Natural Shells
- Darice Barrette Blanks (I used both clear and nickel colored barrettes)
- Studio 71 Paint Brushes
- Studio 71 Bristle Brushes
- Darice Acrylic Craft Paint
- Permanent Adhesive
- Small Pearl Beads
Step One. Paint Base Coat on Seashells.
Start off by painting your seashells with a solid coat of your favorite colors. I chose lavender, teal, peach, and coral Darice acrylic paints. You may want to do two coats of some colors.
When you are done painting, set the shells aside to dry.
Step Two. Add Some Color and Dimension.
Next, I decided to add a little dimension to the shells with a slightly darker, complimentary color. To get this look, take a dry bristle brush (rougher brushes work great for this) and pick up just a little bit of that darker color. Wipe the brush off on a scrap piece of paper so there is only a small amount of paint on the brush.
Finally, rub the brush along the edges of the shell to create that shaded look.
Step Three. Glue on Sea shells.
When all of your paint is dry, it’s time to assemble our barrettes! Simply use a strong permanent glue, and adhere the seashells to the barrette blanks.
This is the only part of this project that may be just a little bit tricky. Because the shells aren’t perfectly flat on the bottom, you may have to play around with them a bit to find the best position to adhere them to the barrette blanks.
Step Four. Finish with Pearls.
Finally, if you like, you can add a few mini pearls to your barrettes. They work well to fill in any little gaps or holes on your barrette.
Use the same adhesive to attach the pearls. Tweezers or little pliers can be useful for placing your pearls.
And that’s it! Once the adhesive has cured, your barrettes are all ready to wear!
Press play below to see exactly how I made them!
What do you think? Will you be making some sea shell barrettes this summer?
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Alexis Middleton is a lifelong crafter/DIYer and blogger at Persia Lou. She started crafting at a young age. As a girl, she spent summers with her grandmother crocheting baby doll afghans, making coasters out of plastic canvas and yarn, and canning apricot jam. Today, Alexis spends a lot of time dreaming up and working on projects for her family’s home. She loves mixing traditional crafting techniques with a more modern aesthetic.