Easy Flower Hairclip w/ Covered Button

I have been making Kate’s hair accessories for years, using silk and paper flowers with brads or buttons in the middle.  My options have been pretty limited, until I saw a fabulous tool on TT&J last week.  Jen had written a post about some really cool crafting tools that she saw at CHA, and I immediately knew that I had to have this one…
It’s an i-top, and is made by Imaginisce.  What is does, is take a any piece of paper or fabric, and helps attach it to a cover button.  I make and sell monogrammed ribbon flip flops with cover buttons, but have always had to cover them by hand…this tool is a life saver!!!  I rushed to Michael’s yesterday morning and grabbed one up with my 40% off coupon…woot woot!  Their is an entire line of supplies that go with it, so I bought some buttons and hair clips that actually screw together.  I had tons of these paper flowers at home, so I ran home and put this adorable flower clip together in 5 minutes…
Michael’s sells a stencil set that goes with the i-top, for $2.99, so I bought it.  I traced and cut out the stencil for a 22mm (medium) button.  I am going to go back and buy the punches instead, since I know I will be using it a ton!
Then, I followed the super easy instructions, and placed the paper and button in the i-top, and gave it a squeeze.
And out popped my paper covered button.  I think I prefer fabric, but this was the pattern I wanted for her hair clip.
Next, I flipped the button over, and slipped my flowers over the screw.
Finally, I screwed it onto the alligator clip.
Super, ridiculously easy and gorgeous!
I cannot wait to make more!  I love that I can put whatever I want on the button.  You can use a picture of someone, a letter, or anything!  I am going to make her a headband next, then myself a cute necklace!
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