DIY Bobby Pins – Neon, Glitter & Sparkle

DIY bobby pins

With so many fun bobby pins floating around (see here or here) I was determined to DIY some colorful ones for myself. For those of us with crazy short hair, blinged out bobby pins is where it’s at.

When spray paint didn’t work I used Anna’s idea of painting with nail polish. Voila! And one you get started painting these little guys, you get addicted! So I made three versions – neon, glitter and sparkle.

how to make DIY bobby pins

Instructions are super easy.

For neon:

1. Slide the bobby pins onto cardboard or paper to make them easier to paint. Otherwise they fall over pretty easily, making them hard to paint. Learned this one the hard way.

2. Paint two coats of neon nail polish, drying in between.

3. Apply top coat (optional).

4. You don’t need to to paint the back of the bobby pin – once it’s in your hair no one will see that part.

diy bobby pins ideas

For glitter:

1. Paint the top of the bobby pin with clear polish. Or you can use Mod Podge.

2. Make a little pile of glitter and dip the top of the bobby pin in.

3. Let dry and apply another coat of polish or Mod Podge.

bobby pins

For sparkle:

1. Glue on a strip of rhinestone trim the length of the bobby pin. I used Tacky Glue because it dries clear.

2. Wind any kind of trim between the rhinestones. I used what I had on hand – neon rope from Home Depot and mint colored crochet thread.

3. Glue the ends of the thread and snip off any excess.

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  1. Jenn says

    Hey, I love these ideas, and I found your site via Pinterest, and I have been looking at your site all afternoon, so many great ideas!

    Only thing is, the bobby pins are backwards, the correct way to wear a bobby pin is to put the wiggly side inside, you get a more secure grip that way! Don’t feel silly for not knowing this, I only learned this about 6 months ago, but it does hold better that way.

  2. Gaylyn Shoemaker says

    Cute idea! Thanks for sharing your talents! I am going to make some of these for my grandkids~ God Bless~

  3. Susanna says

    These are great and I love when you use Caroline or yourself to model your creations :) What beautiful girls!

  4. says

    Great idea! I love the neon bobby pins : ) I think the new tool for customizing accessories is nail polish. So many colour options available at a great price.

    Thanks for sharing your great idea!

  5. says

    I think I need to create a Henry Happened pinboard because you are totally taking over the one I have devoted to DIY. I have a stash of bobby pins that this would be perfect for!

  6. says

    How cute Stephanie! I’ve been wanting to do some for Emelia and you’ve inspired me. Have plain bobby pins and nail colour. Will do! (PS I had to look away quickly when I saw those roots! LOL Not. You should see mine sometimes! LOL)

    Anne xx

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