A Trip Back to the 80s and Braided Ribbon Barrettes

I had an altogether different post in the works for today, but seeing as Blogger apparently hates me, and my daughter claims I don’t share enough crafty fun on here….I thought you might enjoy a trip back in time. 

Welcome back to the 1980s!

I think we could all agree that most styles from the 80s should be left there……

That was one hideous decade fashion-wise!  Just about the only trend I can think of that shouldn’t be left in the 80s is one of my favorite styles when I was a girl – ribbon barrettes.  I had every color ribbon known to mankind and used to make them endlessly with my friend Seona, one for every outfit.  Sweats by Ebe, anyone???  You know, with the coordinating stripe down the side of the pants?  I had ribbon barrettes to match all my Sweats by Ebe.  It was a sweeeeeet look.

Hannah and her friend Meghan set to work making a bunch and modeling them for me while I belted out tunes from Olivia Newton-John and Rick Springfield (Jessie’s Girl is a classic!  Go ahead and listen, you know you want to!)  PS, I delight in embarrassing my kids with my horrible singing voice. 

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The 80s fashion was an eyesore, but the music was wicked awesome!

Um, where were we?  Oh yes, ribbon barrettes.  So fun and nostalgic to make!  I taught the girls to braid the ribbon from a technique that I found deep in the recesses of my brain, but this tutorial at Wee Folk Art explains the process really well.  We all felt a bit like butterfingers at first but eventually got the hang of it.  And I am serious when I tell you some 80s music really helps to get into the groove of braided ribbon barrette making!  I highly recommend it for any and all craft projects.

Get yourself some 1/8″ ribbon and double-bar barrettes.

I had giant spools of ribbon left over from a Girl Scout project…..
…so we made some St. Paddy’s Day barrettes too. 
The wider 1/4″ ribbon gives the barrettes this smooshed-up look that I think is cute. 
Oh to be 10 again!

Talking about the 80s makes me want to have a random 80s themed party in the worst way!  Pegged pants, “coaching shoes”, neon paint-splattered jeans, big hair – how much fun would that be???

I hope this trip back in time brought a smile to your face! 
Have a great day!

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