A barrette is a simple pin that is used to hold the hair in place, making it much easier to keep your hairstyle together throughout the whole day. There are several different styles of barrettes. Smaller ones are usually used at the front while some larger ones are best for the back. They can be used for different things: they are useful to avoid getting the hair in front of your eyes and they can also be used to secure the hairstyles (as mentioned before). Some are even used as an accessory without any real specific use for it other than looking good.
Since these are made from simple metal or plastic, it is easy to make them on your own. These versatile accessories are used by girls and women of all ages.
As far as basic styles are concerned, these can consist of a simple clip or two side pieces. These can hold different portions of hair. The bulkier ones are easier to work with, but if you are thinking about doing these on your own, then you should consider the purpose. If it is going to hold a lot of hair, then you should aim for a larger type of barrette. On the other hand, for a young wearer, a smaller style is usually recommended. Obviously, larger clips need a bigger effort when decorating.
A simple trick to create your own is to use glue or twine to add new pieces together. You will be adding several different smallish accessories to the main barrette, making for a nice overall effect. One of the main issues is that most of the time, these have color and may not look too good.
Ribbon loops that run through the whole barrette are a simple way of adding an extra sparkle to your custom barrette. Try to vary in terms of what you use. Mix and match for the best effect. Do not be afraid to add some color here since this is where your own creative vain can go a bit lose.
If you are trying to create your own barrette then you should know that it is not all that easy to create a really fashionable item. While these items may be fairly easy to make, you will always need to buy a good amount of items to make it fully work. With all the different styles out there, the best options may be to actually buy a pre-made one. It is not as original and perhaps as fun as creating your own, but it just looks better and professional made.
There are many people who have been selling these types of accessories that are handmade and if you can get someone to create a custom one (or even ask them to let you help them choose exactly what you want) then it is a nice alternative when comparing to making one from scratch without any previous experience.
After all, this is an accessory, so it does have significant importance in an outfit and you can ally its use to its look to create the missing piece on your wardrobe.