I’m always trying to think of easy tutorials for Pagan families to do together, especially projects that help people learn and perfect useful skills like sewing. This one is to celebrate Beltaine. During this season we delight in the new life bursting forth everywhere. It is also a time to be flirty and sensuous. The ancient Celts were described by historians as wearing colorful clothing and a lot of jewelry. They were a people who appreciated art and wore it proudly. In the spirit of their showy nature, the lusty month of May, and the blossoms outside, I came up with this floral garland hair clip.
|The finished piece worn in the back of my hair.|
|Step 6: Add your buttons. Make sure they’re fully secured by stitching through the holes several times. Little ones might benefit from two holed buttons to simplify the process.|
Step 7: Repeat steps 4-6 for as many times is necessary. Attach the flowers at desired intervals. My garland ended up having 5 flowers but this will vary depending on the size of your flowers, the number you make, the space you utilize, and the length of your ribbon. To make them even, I suggest using an odd number of flowers.
Step 8: Securely stitch the hair clip to the most central flower. As with the button, pass the needle and thread through the openings several times.
Step 9: Wear and enjoy! You can pull strands of hair to the back of your head and wear it as I did, or you can clip some hair on the side of your head and wear it so the ribbons hang closer to your face.
I think this project is a fun way to get into the spirit of the warm season. Most of the time, you see ladies and girls wearing floral circlets. For work and school, where you might not want to stand out so much, a clip like this is just the ticket to add some floral flair to your look while celebrating Beltaine. Besides changing the colors of the felt, thread, and buttons, other possible variations include: shorter ribbons for people with shorter hair or who don’t want something quite as showy; leaves rather than flowers; one leaf or flower with a garland of bells.