How to Make Adorable DIY Candy Hair Clips Using Foam & Glue

Nina's Ideas
by Nina's Ideas
6 Materials
30 Minutes

What little kid (or big kid) wouldn’t love these DIY candy hair clips? They are so much fun, and super easy to make. Follow this tutorial to learn how to make a variety of candy hair clips and then get started making your own!

Tools and materials:

  • 2-millimeter (0.08-inch) thick foam or felt
  • Metal hair clips
  • Stretchy fabric hair elastics
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Superglue or hot glue
Foam candy pattern

1. Make a foam candy

For each candy hair clip, cut 2-millimeter (0.08-inch) foam or felt from two different colors.

Cut a 1 x 30-centimeter (0.411 x 11.8-inch) strip from each color, then cut two 4 x 3-centimeter (1.6 x 4.3-inch) circles and a 3-centimeter (1.2-inch) diameter circle all from one color.

Placing two foam strips on top of each other

Lay the two strips of foam one on top of the other, with the top one slightly in from the bottom one.

Rolling the foam strips into a circle

Tightly roll the two strips together, patting down the top so it stays flat.

Snipping the excess foam

When you get to the end you will have excess foam on the inside layer. Just snip it off so that it’s slightly shorter than the bottom layer.

Gluing the spiral closed

Use superglue or a hot glue gun to glue the foam spiral closed.

Hot gluing a small foam circle to the spiral

Glue the small foam circle onto the top of the spiral.

Making the candy wrapper out of foam

2. Make the candy wrapper

Fold one small foam rectangle in half widthwise and then fold each side back in half on the outside. Put a dab of glue in the center of one edge and pinch that edge closed in the middle.

Gluing the two flaps together

Now glue the two flaps to the middle the same way as you glued the center together.

DIY foam candy

Repeat with the other small foam rectangle, and then you’ll have the ends of a candy wrapper!

Gluing the wrapper ends to the candy

Glue the wrapper ends to each side of the spiral foam candy.

Foam lollipop pattern

3. Make a foam lollipop

Cut three different colors of foam in the measurements indicated in the image above. You can use any colors for the lollipop candy but stick with white for the lollipop stick.

Make the lollipop candy the same way you made the spiral candy in Step 1. Glue the small foam circle to the top of the spiral.

Rolling the white foam into a lollipop stick

Roll the white foam square into a tube and glue it closed.

Gluing the foam stick to the candy

Glue the foam stick to the lollipop candy.

Folding a yellow piece of foam

Fold the larger foam rectangle in half lengthwise and then fold each side back in half again to the outside.

Gluing the center of the foam to make a bow

Put a dab of glue in the center of the rectangle and pinch the sides closed in the middle.

How to make candy hair clips

Then glue the two side flaps to the middle the same way as you did for the center, to make a bow shape.

Applying hot glue to the bow

Wrap the small foam rectangle tightly around the middle of the bow and glue the ends together. Trim off excess foam from the end.

Gluing the bow to the stick

Now glue the bow to the stick, just below the lollipop candy.

Making a three-colored candy piece

You can also make a 3-colored candy from three strips of 1 x 24-centimeter (0.04 x 0.94-inch) foam using the same spiraling technique.

Making candy clips for hair

4. Turn your candy and lollipops into hair clips 

Cut a piece of white foam a bit longer than the flat back of a hair clip and glue them together with the excess foam on both sides of the clip.

Making the candy hair clips

Fold the end of the foam over the open end of the hair clip and glue it onto the clip. Make sure you keep the clip above the foam.

Gluing the end of the hair clip

On the spring end of the hair clip, trim the corners of the excess foam and then fold it over the end of the clip and glue it in place.

Gluing the candy pieces to the hair clip

Now, just glue the clip to the back of the wrapped candy or lollipop.

Gluing the candy piece to elastic hair ties

5. Make a candy hair elastic

Instead of gluing a hair clip to the back of the candy, put a bit of glue into the center of the candy and attach a stretchy fabric hair elastic.

DIY candy hair clips and ties

DIY candy hair clips tutorial

Who are you going to give these DIY candy hair clips to? Have fun making them for someone or with someone! Leave me a comment to let me know if you tried making candy hair clips and how they turned out for you.

Suggested materials:
  • 2-millimeter (0.08-inch) thick foam or felt
  • Metal hair clips
  • Stretchy fabric hair elastics
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