In 2 days, I will be here:
That’s right, week 1 of COACHELLA! And you can’t be prepared for Coachella without feather clip ins, right?!
I have 2 tutorials, and both are pretty simple. One requires a little more work with pliers and bending wire rings, but they both require feathers (obviously).
I found the best way to find cheap, cool feathers was to go to Forever 21 and buy some earrings. They have a plethora of various colors and feather types at very reasonable prices (ranges from $2.80 to $6.80 per pair). Plus, once you take the earring hook off, you already have a loop for attaching the string or chain.
For the hair clip, I got mine at Nigel’s Beauty Emporium ($1.99 each). If you don’t live in LA, I would imagine you can find them at most wig stores or online (these seem close to what I bought). These clips tend to be used for attaching to clip to hair extensions, so they can hold some weight and they have little holes on the side that are perfect for attachments.
- Snazzy Feather Earrings (or Necklace)
- Hair Clip
- 2 Sets of mini Jewelry Pliers
- Wire Cutters
- Thread Skeins (Looks Like This) [String Clip Only]
- Jewelry Chain [Chain Clip Only]
- 4-6 Jewelry Loops (These can be found at any crafting store in the jewelry section… these are little metallic loops with a cut in the loop so that you can open and close it wit pliers) [Chain Clip Only]
String Clip Tutorial:
STEP 1: Remove Feathers from Earring
For the earrings I bought, all I had to do was take pliers and pull back the metal earring backing, and the feathers (with the loop still attached) slid right off. If the earring is somehow sealed around the feather loop, carefully use wire cutters to cut the earring part. Make sure to keep the loop attached to the feathers intact so you can tie string through it!
If you are using a necklace, slip it right off the chain. If there is a piece stopping it from coming off the chain, use wire cutters to snip off the end of the chain.
STEP 2: Cut String
Measure from the top of your head to where you want the lowest feather (1) to start; I suggest having the actual feather end about an inch above the bottom of your hair. Take that length, double it, and add an extra 1/2 inch, and then cut the string. (Who knew you’d be getting math lessons in crafting?!)
For the second feather, you’ll want the base of the feather (2) to start about 2″ to 2.5″ above the feather 1. Double that (so 4″ or 5″) and subtract it from whatever length of string you ended up for feather 1, and then cut that piece of string.
If you have any more feathers, add another string, always subtracting a few inches, so the feathers don’t end up clumped together.
STEP 3: Add Feathers to String
Fold the string in half and make sure the loose ends meet exactly.
Take the other point (non-loose end), and slip it through the feather loop part way. Take the loose ends and pull them through the string loop, so that it makes a knot around the feather loop and looks like the picture above.
Repeat for each set of feathers.
STEP 4: Tie String to Clip
Pull the two loose ends through the hole in the top of the clip. Tie it around the hole and double knot. Cut off any extra ends (leave a little bit so it doesn’t fall out).
Chain Clip Tutorial:
STEP 1: Remove Feathers from Earring
Same thing as above. Take off the earring part so that you just have the feathers on a loop.
STEP 2: Measure Chain
Take your first set of feathers and figure out where you want them in your hair (I suggest they end an inch above the end of your hair).
Measure from the top of the feather loop to your part. Using wire cutters, cut this chain length.
Cut another chain about 2 – 3 inches shorter than your first chain (exact length depends on feather length and personal preference).
If you have any more feathers, add another chain, always subtracting a few inches, so the feathers don’t end up clumped together.
STEP 3: Attach Feathers to Chain
Take the jewelry loop and open it slightly using 2 sets of mini pliers to pull apart.
Slip the feathers through the open jewelry loop.
Close it securely using the pliers. Test to make sure the feather loop cannot slip out.
Repeat for each chain.
STEP 4: Attach Chain to Clip
Open another jewelry loop slightly using the 2 sets of mini pliers.
Slip the jewelry loop through the hole in the clip.
Before closing, slip the last loop on the chain through the jewelry loop as well.
Close the jewelry loop using the pliers and make sure neither the chain, nor the clip will slip out.
Repeat for each feather chain.
And ENJOY looking like a little hippie child at Coachella. I know I’m going to!
I'm a little (okay.. a lot) excited for Coachella.