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Merry Christmas, Everyone! To celebrate, I’m sprucing up a refashioned dress with homemade accessories, just like they might have done in the 1940’s! I searched my craft store for vintagey silk poinsettias and holly, shoe clips, pin backings, hair clips, felt, and glue!
I tackled the shoe clips first! I started by trimming the poinsettia “stems” so that the flowers could be glued to the shoe clips. I then applied E6000 glue to the clips, placed them on the back side of the flowers, and allowed the glue to dry for several hours.
Next, it was time to make the corsage! (1940’s ladies loved their corsages, both those with real flowers and the homemade kind!) I cut two ovals of coordinating felt to act as the base of the arrangement. The two ovals were glued together to make them sturdier.
Once the base was glued together, I trimmed the holy and poinsettias to fit the base. I used hot glue to attach first the holly and then the poinsettias.
Time to attach the pin backing! First, I used hot glue to glue the backing to the felt base. Next, I glued a small piece of felt across the backing and onto the base behind to add stability.
No 1940’s gal would have ended this project without making a matching hair accessory! The process for hair clip creation was very similar to making the corsage, only with a smaller base.
I paired my new accessories with a favorite dress I had refashioned in our DIY Fashion: 1980’s to 1940’s Dress post! (Check out the before and after pictures!!)
My snood hair net was another fun project from our DIY 1940’s Snood Hair Net tutorial! Those adorable wreath earrings are a thrift store score!
I think gals in the war years of the 40’s would have done projects alot like this in order to refashion old clothes and then use accessories to fancy them up!
Time to get out your swingin’ holiday style! 🙂