Repurposed Barrettes into Easy DIY Flowers

DIY flowers using repurposed barrettes

It’s so easy to create fun and easy DIY flowers from repurposed barrettes from the dollar store.

dollar store metal barrettes

A few weeks ago I was picking up some pony tail holders at my local dollar store and I saw these pretty barrettes right beside them.

These colorful barrettes immediately made my think of flower petals. Yes, I do tend to see flowers everywhere. It’s just how my mind works.

So I had to get six $1 packs to create some fun and easy garden art flowers, which could easily be displayed indoors too.

What you’ll need to create repurposed barrette flowers

  • Small metal barrettes (1 1/2″ long)
  • glue gun
  • glue sticks (exterior use)
  • misc buttons
  • wooden skewers
  • green spray paint

Assembling flowers from repurposed barrettes

arranging repurposed barrettes into flower shape

STEP ONE: Do a dry fit of the barrettes that you want to use. I’m using 12 barrettes for a nice full flower, and I decided to mix solid with pattern for this flower for some added interest.

That’s the nice thing about a project like this. You can create so many different looks depending on the barrettes you use and how you mix them.

gluing barrettes onto back of button

STEP TWO: Glue the barrettes onto the back of a button. The easiest way to do this is to think of a clock and glue the twelve, three, six, and nine spots first.

If you’ll be displaying your flowers outside like I am, make sure to use a hot glue that is meant for exterior use. Many are great for both interior and exterior, but some are only meant for interior use. I’ve never used hot glue for an outdoor project before so I’m curious to see how it works. I’ll post an update in a month or so.

gluing remaining barrettes onto back of button

STEP THREE: Fill in with the rest of the barrettes. If you’re alternating the barrettes pattern like I am, make sure to keep looking so you get them in the right order. Don’t ask me how I know. lol.

DIY flower from repurposed barrettes

Here’s my first finished repurposed barrette flower.

Easy DIY flowers created from repurposed barrettes

I went ahead and created four more flowers.

The blue one in the top right only has 10 petals because I didn’t notice that one of the blue patterned ones was replaced with a pink one in the package until I got home. But 10 petals works great too.

And I didn’t have a patterned barrette that went with the solid purple barrettes so I went full on purple with that one. There are so many great combos that you could play with.

backs of DIY flowers created from repurposed barrettes

Here are the backs of the five flowers.

Creating stems for repurposed barrette flowers

green spray painted wooden skewers

STEP FOUR: I needed some stems for my barrette flowers so I decided to spray paint some wooden skewers green.

To do this easily you just poke the skewers into the side of a box. This allows you to turn the box to get all sides of the skewers with the spray paint.

Adding stems to repurposed barrette flowers

gluing skewer as stem to barrette flowers

STEP FIVE: Glue the skewers onto the backs of the flowers.

gluing metal button to back of barrette flowers over skewer stem

STEP SIX: Add a bunch of hot glue into the middle area to secure the petals and the stem, and place a button on top. This gives the whole thing some extra stability, and also gives some protection to the glue from the outside elements.

backs of DIY flowers from dollar store barrettes

Here’s what my finished flowers look like from the back. Adding the buttons not only adds stability, but it looks great too if your flowers are visible from both sides. You could use colorful buttons if you like, but I opted for silver ones for a completely different look than the front.

Easy DIY flowers from repurposed barrettes

And here are my finished repurposed barrette flowers ready to be displayed in the garden.

Displaying repurposed barrette flowers in the garden

Repurposed barrettes into garden art flowers

Last year I displayed these repurposed badminton birdie flowers in this very same greenery, which was left over after the spring passion flowers finished blooming.

Garden art flowers created from repurposed barrettes

Now, this foliage makes a nice backdrop for my barrette flowers.

backs of repurposed barrette flowers

The backs look pretty nice too.

Easy DIY repurposed barrettes into garden art flowers

But since I’m a gal who loves color, I have to display the fronts.

These repurposed barrette flowers were so much fun to create, and the possibilities are endless as to the color and pattern combos.

I hope I’ve inspired you to create some of these sweet and colorful flowers for yourself.

It would be greatly appreciated if you would pin this project to your favorite Pinterest board, and also share it with your friends.

Easy DIY flowers from repurposed barrettes from the dollar store

Thanks so much for reading and until next time,

keep on keepin’ on!


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  1. Hi Tuula!! Wow! These are great…..easy and all parts are easy to find!!! I have so many of your projects pinned…..or should I say ALL of your projects! I’m hoping that I can do some of them when I get moved, probably next spring. Then my life should settle down. In the meantime, I’ll keep saving your ideas and keep cheered up by your posts! Thanks so much!

  2. MaryEllen says:

    These are adorable! I kept picturing them on headbands to wear for spring and summer.

  3. Wow! Love the barrette flowers. Pinned!

  4. These are the best of all repurposing. Sooo cute. Will be making these that’s for sure. Thank you for such a creative mind. You are a bright spot in my often dull emails.

  5. Debra Hubbs says:

    You are so creative. Theses are so cute.

  6. First, congratulations to your husband…and to you, because now you have an assistant. LOL The dollar store barrette flowers are so cute! You are the DIY Flower Queen, Tuula. Enjoy those scrabble games!

    1. Thanks so much Marie! I do love creating flowers, and my hubby does make a great assistant. 🙂

  7. Absolutely adorable! You are very clever and so generous to share your talents with us all!