My hair has been short for a while so I haven’t been able to get it into a pony tail. I’ve relied heavily on bobby pins to add flare. But bobby pins are so boring, right?
I wanted to spice them up a bit. Add more color or excitement to them and I’ve always been a fan of wire wrapping, so I combined the wire wrapped jewelry design that I’ve always loved with the bobby pins for a neat hair accessory.
They’re super easy to make and only took about 15 mins altogether. The supplies are cheap too (wohoo)! Want to make your own? Follow the tutorial.
Wire wrapped bobby pin supplies
jewelry pliers and wire cutters
Step 1: cut the jewelry wire
Pull your wire out and straighten it as much as possible. It should be about the length of both of your pliers.
Step 2: Thread the wire through the bead and bobby pin
connect the bead to the bobby pin by threading the wire through the bead. Then criss-crossing the edges through the bobby pin.
Step 3: wire wrap the bobby pin
Begin to wrap the wire in a circle around the bobby pin. Be sure to leave a small amount of wire. Wrap that up inside the wrapping to keep from exposing the sharp edges.
If you need to clean up the wire, use your pliers to squeeze everything together a bit.
Repeat until you have as many designed bobby pins as you’d like. Use them when your hair is up or down or gift them to a friend.
A year or so ago, a friend bought me some wine glass charms. My first thought was I bet I could make that. So, this week, I dug them out of the kitchen drawer and took a good look at them. Yep. I can do that.
It was actually pretty simple. You can choose to use tools or not, but they make the process a bit easier. Your call. You can get the charms and wire at any craft store. Be sure to pick up some wine on your way home. You know you’ll want to test your charms!
Note: Pick beads with a large hole through the center. There are some beads that are meant for very thin wire or string. You want beads that will slide freely on whichever wire you choose.
Things You Will Need:
Put a small loop at the end of your wire. You can use pliers for this or find a small object to wrap it around.
Wrap your wire around a larger, round object to make it about an inch in diameter.
Add your charms and/or beads.
Then, twist the end of the wire without the loop upwards (or sideways, whatever works best for you) so that the extension fits inside the loop and holds the two ends together.
You should have something like this when you’re finished. I really loved making these and might have gone overboard…
I made some with thin wire and some with thick wire. I prefer the thin wire because it makes the charm look more dainty. There are a few of each in the image above so that you can see the difference. Which one do you like?
This is such an easy DIY project! This one is very similar to my Easy DIY Bookmarks. They can be so cute 🙂
You can find all of the materials at any craft store. If you want to budget a bit more, check your local Dollar Tree, Dollar Store for the glass accents. If you do this make sure you really look at the glass and make sure it isn’t scratched or broken.
Things You Will Need:
Clear glass accents
Place your glass accent on your choice of scrapbook paper. Using your pencil, trace around the bottom of the glass.
Cut out the circle your made on the scrapbook paper. Flip the glass accent over so the flat part is facing up. Add a bit of Diamond Glaze to it.
Press the scrapbook circle to the back. Make sure the glaze gets pushed to the edges of the glass accent.
Add another dot on top of the glued scrapbook paper.
Place the magnet on the glue dot and lightly press it into the glue. Let the magnet dry. This will take a few hours. To be safe, I would let it sit while you are at work, over night, or at school.
After they dry, you can add your magnets to the refrigerator (or wherever)!
I made these for my dish washer! I really needed these.