Zipper Flower TUTORIAL

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Here’s how I made the zipper flower for my Zipper Flower bracelet.  

I used a 7″ black metal zipper and my flower ended up being 2″ in diameter. For a bigger flower, you’ll want to use two zippers or one longer zipper. All you need is scissors, hot glue gun, and a small piece of coordinating felt.
First snip at the bottom of your zipper, around the end cap, and then cut in between the very first two segments of the zipper.
Separate your the sides of your zipper and take off the zipper “pull” tab.
Take one end of one side and fold over and hot glue in place.
Should look like this. This is will be your Starting Point in a second. Remember that.
Now take the other zipper side and cut off the excess fabric on one side (pictured above on the right)
Then splice the two sides together and hot glue in place. Line up the zipper segments to hide the splice and make sure the spacing is the same. (My dad will be so proud that I used the word “splice”:)
Now take your Starting Point and bend around and hot glue in place.
Keep wrapping the zipper around and hot gluing in place until you get to the end. Then glue the end that has extra fabric under the bottom of the flower.
Hot glue a small circle of felt on the bottom.
Add a little bling to the center and you have a rockin Zipper Flower!
Then add your flower to a bracelet, headband, necklace, etc. I put my flower on 3 thin ribbon wrapped bracelets. Pretty stylin, eh?

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Hi! I'm Linda, the craft addict behind Craftaholics Anonymous®, a craft blog. Crafting is cheaper than therapy, right? When I'm not DIYing something, I can be found taxiing around our 4 crazy kids or working out. Or shoe shopping... because you can never have too many shoes! Happy crafting! ♥

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  1. 1
    pk @ Room Remix

    I still can't get over how you did this. Such a cute and creative idea!

  2. 2
    Lisa@Pickles and Cheese

    Thanks for the great how-to!! I love this. So "Anthropolgie" looking to me!

  3. 3

    Thanks for the directions, very cute. I am planning to make one to cute-ify a cargo bag that my daughter and I made.

  4. 4
    Mama Thompson

    I SO love this bracelet…thanks for sharing!

  5. 5
    Deals, Steals and Heels

    i love these!! a trip to hobby lobby is in order soon….i think they'd be so cute bunched up on a long ribbon necklace!

  6. 6
    De Javu Crafts

    how cute, what a good idea, and i love the bracelets, im going to have to make some for me, my girls and my neices!!

    ps. thanks for featuring me yesterday..SO cool!

  7. 7
    Anna W

    Yay! Here I was thinking this one was out for me because I am a no-sew girl. This looks like a weekend project to me!

  8. 8
    Clements Family

    Right after you posted this, I had to google how to make it, that is my weekend project!! Thanks!!

  9. 9

    This is very similar to the zipper rose tutorial I did a few weeks back.

    What a fun and easy project, huh?!

  10. 10

    just found your blog and love it! thanks for sharing cute stuff!

  11. 11

    super cool TFS :D

  12. 12
    The Fifes

    that is CUTE – what a neat idea!

  13. 13

    This is just adorable! What a fantastic look!

  14. 14
    sara's art house

    I love the zipper flower!

  15. 15
    Andrea and Casey

    Thank you for this! I was hoping you would post how to make the zipper flower! I really really love it!

  16. 16

    I can't get over how cute this is. I'm going to have to put this on my "to make" list. Thanks for the inspiration.

  17. 17

    I've got my zippers ready to go, can't wait! Woot!

  18. 18

    uber cuteness!!! I love it.

  19. 19

    Quite clever!

  20. 20

    This is fabulous! I couldn't resist adding you to our link luv roundup today, come by for a peek! hanks for sharing!

  21. 21

    Fabulous bracelet and the tutorial is wonderful! Thanks so much!

  22. 22
    The Robinson Bunch

    where do you find the bamboo bracelets at? I got the zipper, gems, and ribbon, but i cant find the bracelets….thanks for the help…Tiffany

  23. 23

    Wow, that is SO innovative, and just totally blew my mind! I want one! I'm just thinking if I have a zipper at home to try it!! Thanks for the rockin idea!

  24. 24

    This is really cute. I have invisible zippers, I'll have to get some regular ones with sliver teeth !

  25. 25

    I just saw this over on MADE. Very cute!

  26. 26
    Timeless Barbara

    SOOO cool, thanks so much…zippers…who knew? LOL!

  27. 27
    A Forest Frolic

    Really really sweet…I'm going to have to try this! Thanks for sharing the idea.

    Jamie :)

  28. 28

    Very clever Linda! Never would have thought of that in a million….The shoes with the zippers are awesome too!!

  29. 29

    Wow! That is so cute! I can't wait to see the rest of your blog!

  30. 30

    That is a great idea. I love the bracelet. I am going to have to make one for myself and my friends.

  31. 32

    great tutorial and awesome craft! can't wait to try it… popped over from Kimba's… :)

  32. 33

    Great tutorial. I was looking at my box of craft stuff and realized I have so many zippers that I know I will never use. This is a wonderful idea. Thanks for the inspiration!!

  33. 34

    i live the zipper flower you insipre me. I just posted a link from my little craft blog to yours. thanks for the tutorial and inspiration!

  34. 35

    you have the cutest ideas! i am going to go get the stuff to recreate! (if i can follow directions….) lol….also, how would you attach to a headband? hot glue or do you recommend something else?

  35. 36

    I love your blog! I've linked this tutorial along with the zipper daisy and how to make our own header to my blog. I hope you don't mind :) I tried making my header following your tute and it came out great! Thanks so much! And now I'm making the zipper flower. Hope it comes out cute as yours.

  36. 37

    This is a really cool idea! Thanks for sharing the tutorial! I will be linking to


  37. 38
    The Beading Gem

    One pretty tutorial! I have linked it in my blog post

  38. 39
    Flowers Thailand

    Thank you for your cool ideas. I will try to do some of them.

  39. 40

    !!Muchísimas gracias por publicar tantos y tan maravillosos tutoriales .!!!

  40. 41
    singapore florist

    never thought zippers can make an awesome accessory like this.

  41. 42
    singapore florist

    I think the zipper is a ribbon at the first time. You have a unique idea and implement it with just a simple materials. Great work

  42. 43
    Life is fun Here

    I'm sure I'm missing it but where did you get the bracelet portion, or how did you make it?


  43. 44
    HJC Editor

    Your tutorial is an awesome inspiration! Many thanks for sharing.

  44. 45

    This is sooo neat! My 14-year-old daughter flipped when she saw this — "just my style, Mom!". And NO-SEW is the way to go in our home! (Hint, hint!) ;) Thank you!

  45. 46

    I love this flower tutorial, so cute and clever! Thanks!

  46. 47
    Shannon @ Creative Catalog

    Cutest ever! Love your blog. Featuring this project on my blog tomorrow. Love it!

  47. 48

    hello, I’m from Spain and I really like your blog, you have another fan, I invite you to my blog when you have a while, hope you like it. Greetings

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  49. 49
    Ana S.

    I like the way you did your bracelet you are so talented. but what is it that you put it on to make it into a bracelet. I have 2 boys too and I always like to watch videos on girls hairstyles and I always like to go to the little girls section weird (:

    1. 49.1

      Hi Ana,
      I wrapped 3 thin bracelets with black ribbon and hot glued in place. Then I glued the zipper flower on top and glued a strip of felt underneath to hold the flower and bracelets in place. thanks for stopping by!
      happy crafting,