Make these recycled hair clips by re-purposing bottle tops, nespresso capsules, buttons and more !
Here are a few simple ideas to make your own recycled hair clips by using different re-purposed materials for decorative effect. There are many items from your day to day lives that can be used to create original, colourful and beautiful creations. The bottle tops from your favourite drink, the colourful capsules used to make coffee, old buttons, and even odd pieces from games or toys.
What you need
All you need to complete this project is a glue gun, some good glue sticks suitable for use with metal, some hair clip bases, and some recycled materials for decoration. I used bottle caps, nespresso capsules, wine corks, old buttons, and wooden game pieces. You may also want some additional basic tools like a cutting knife and pliers.
Bottle top hair clips
Metal bottle caps come in many different colours and patterns and can provide a great decorative element for a creative project. One of the problems with using them, however, is that they are not flat, so can be difficult to glue onto another object. To solve this problem, I simply cut a recycled wine cork into slices about as thick as the bottle cap, and glue one inside each before gluing the whole thing onto the hair clip base. I find that 3 bottle tops fit perfectly onto a 8cm long base.
Nespresso capsule hair clips
Nespresso capsules can be flattened to make colourful circles of aluminium – just remember to clean them out first! These can be glued directly onto a hair clip or rolled up to create a sort of bead that can then be glued to the base. I used 8 rolled up capsules in rainbow colours to create one 8cm hair clip.
Button hair slides
Old, new, recycled or found buttons are always a great decorative element to add to projects like this. Try layering them up on their own, or mixing with nespresso capsules or other materials to make your own design.
Don’t stop here! You can also try using odd pieces of games or toys, recycled paper, or any other pretty objects you can find to make interesting recycled hair clips. These are just a few ideas to get you started, but there are many other materials you could use to make these kinds recycled hair accessories. Check out my post about how to make a decorative hair accessory from an egg carton, for example. You can also use nespresso capsules to make brooches or other jewellery.