Hi friends! I’m Erica from Dwell Beautiful and since it’s 3rd Thursday of the month, that means I’ll be sharing an easy craft tutorial with you all! Summer is wedding and party season, and I always like dressing up and doing my hair. One easy way to add flair to your ‘do is to throw in some cute decorative bobby pins! And you don’t even have to go buy some – you can make them yourself with leftover beads and some old bobby pins! Try making your own DIY Beaded Bobby Pins in a few easy steps!
These are super easy and quick to make and I love how you can customize them to go with any outfit you’ll be wearing this summer based on what color and style beads you choose! Let’s get started shall we?
Beaded Bobby Pin Materials
– Thin jewelry wire
– Wire cutters
– Beads in your choice of color and style
– Jewelry pliers
– Old bobby pins
Cut a short piece of jewelry wire (probably about 3-4 inches) and thread a bead of your choice onto the wire, press down the sides of the wire on either side of the bead to keep the bead in place in the middle.
Loop your wire through the top of the bobby pin and then use your jewelry pliers to grab both pieces of wire right underneath the bead and then twist. By twisting the pliers you create a twist-tie effect under the bead, which holds it in place to the head of the bobby pin.
Take the remaining wire, clamp the very ends of both pieces in the jewelery pliers and then wrap the wires in the same direction around the top of the bobby pin right underneath the bead. This adds extra stability and keeps the bead from jiggling around. Push the ends of the wire in towards the center so they don’t stick out and snag your hair! Repeat for as many bobby pins as you want.
And here are mine all finished!
I picked aqua and red since they were my wedding colors and looking at them just makes me so happy! I also love the different styles and shapes of the beads. You can mix and match for truly endless combinations! I had my hubby snap a few pictures of the back of my head with the bobby pins in (as it’s basically impossible to take a picture of the back of your own head!) and I really like how they look.
I just love how pretty they are and I know that I’ll be wearing these a lot with the all the shindigs I’ll be going to this summer! Thanks so much to Susan again for having me along and I’ll see you next month! In the meantime, don’t be shy and come on over to Dwell Beautiful to say ‘hi!’ if you have the time!