Saturday, August 25, 2012

Tutorial: Sequined Sugar Skull Hairclip/ Pin

 It's been a while since I've written a tutorial, but I thought with Dia de los Muertos right around the corner now was a good time. I LOVE shiny, sparkly things. Sequins is #1 on my list of favorite sparkly objects. Growing up my mom use to make sequined pins for every holiday. I loved to watch her make the pins. Every now and then she let me help out. I must say I've improved over the years. (Last year I made 2 giant sequined pieces.) Once you've gotten past the first few sequins it gets super easy, you can zone out in front of the tv for a while and just keep going.

 To make your own sequined hairclip/ pin you'll need the following:

White pre stiffened felt
Black sticker felt
Extra fine beading needles
Clear seed beads
Thread- black & white
Ball point pen
Pin back
Hair clip
8mm white
8mm black
5mm black
5mm purple
5mm teal
5mm orange
Glue gun

 Step 1: Draw the image onto white felt with a ball point pen. (Ball point pens are best for drawing on felt because they write smoothly and do not bleed.)

 Step 2: Cut out skull shape.

Step 3: Start beading. Push needle through from back side of felt. P
Step 4: Place sequin first, then seed bead. 

Step 5: Pull thread through. Run needle back through sequin and felt.

Pull tight.

Step 6: Continue around the edge of the entire skull.

Step 7: Sequin mouth line with black sequins and thread.
Step 8: Build your way up adding colored details and filling in white spaces.

Finished sequined skull.

Step 9: Trace skull shape onto black sticker felt.

Step 10: Cut skull shape from sticker felt and stick to back of sequined skull.

Step 11: Glue hairclip and pin back.

Step12: Wear on your favorite cardigan or in your hair :)



  1. Beautiful! I'm featuring it on my blog this Saturday,linking over to this post!!

  2. Thank you Kathy. Wait to you see the current project I'm working on. It's similar to this but way bigger :)

  3. Thank you so much for sharing! I love this!