Jan 24, 2011

Hair Pretty Holder - Dollar Store craft

I needed an easy and inexpensive way to display hair pretties (clippies) for a craft fair (and for my daughter’s room). I wanted it to be light-weight, so it could be hung on the wall and portable, so I could line the clippies up and transport it to a craft fair. I found many awesome ideas on different blogs and I really like this one by My Magic Mom. Then while in the Dollar Store buying more ribbon for more hair pretties – I found what I needed.

Gather Materials & Supplies:

  • 11x14 frame ($1 – you could choose whatever size you’d like. I looked for the biggest one I could find. Or recycle an old frame in your stash)
  • Grosgrain ribbon ($1 each, $2 total): I used 5/8” white and 7/8” purple (again you can choose the size & colors you have on hand)
  • 12” x 15” (minimum) Scrap piece of fabric (free, on hand)
  • Scissors
  • Staple gun (I ended up using a regular stapler) or hot glue gun



  • Open up frame and remove glass (discard or reuse on another project)
  • Take out the cardboard insert
  • Measure and cut fabric so hangs a ½-1 inch over the frame insert on all sides
  • Pull taunt around insert and staple (or glue) fabric as close to the edge as possible. I was able to use my regular stapler because the cardboard insert was fairly thin
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  • Decide how many & where you want to place your ribbon
    (I pulled out a hair pretty to use as a reference.)
  • I cut 3 white and 4 purple pieces about 12 inches long
  • Mark the middle of the frame at the top and bottom
  • Center the first ribbon using the mark
  • Pull the ribbon around the frame insert and staple as close to the top and bottom of the insert


  • Evenly space the remaining pieces of ribbon, stapling at the top and bottom
  • Place insert back into the frame and admire your work
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I planned on adding a long piece of ribbon across the top and bottom on the insert to hide the staples, but due to the design of the frame, you couldn’t see any staples. I think I can fit like 75 barrettes in my Hair Pretty Holder and I'm pretty excited!!!

You could hang it on the wall just like any picture frame, but I was planning to hang it using a ribbon and bow at the top. (After I used it for the craft fair.) I also felt it needed something more, so I hot glued some fabric rosettes I had whipped it. You could really embellish it with anything like buttons, beads or even a name or initial.
NOTE: I found these cool big paperclips that I’m planning to hot glue to the bottom corners of the frame. I needed something to hold pony tail elastics in addition to the clippies.


Keeping It Simple


  1. Good idea! Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!


  3. Very cool!
    Thank you.
    Kisses from Brazil!!

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