DIY Copper Hair Accessories, Because This Copper Nail Polish I Have Isn't Cutting It for Manicures

You can make these in less than five minutes (if you don't count drying time for the glue).
Publish date:
March 24, 2016
DIY, hair accessories, bobby pins, barrettes, nail polish

One of my New Years resolutions was to DIY/craft something at least once a week. Like every other resolution ever, I haven't exactly kept up with this one, but I've been doing a lot more fun projects than last year, so I'll give myself the W so far.

On my "to make list" were some hair accessories that I would actually wear. There's a lot of stuff you can pretty easily do to bobby pins to magically turn them into full-fledged accessories, but not many that I would actually use to adorn my head.

I put together a few hair accessories you can make in less than five minutes (if you don't count drying time for the glue) that are cute, and wearable, and copper, because it's spring now and it just looks good with my hair.

You will need some accessories to glue to hair pins. I went for plain copper disks and copper chain for a sleek look, but if you wanted to shake it up, you could glue just about anything on and give it a good coat of nail polish to match.

Speaking of nail polish, Essie Penny Talk is, by far, the best copper nail polish I have found, color-wise. Not gonna lie, though — it is abysmal on the nails. It rubs off or chips in hours if not minutes after painting it on, even with a good top coat. Honestly, it's so frustrating to keep looking nice on the nails that I've relegated it for crafting purposes only.

So first things first, paint the back (bumpy side) of the bobby pins. It really only takes one coat with the Penny Talk, but if you want to make sure you get a really even color, go for that second coat. This nail polish dries particularly quickly, which is great, but if your polish color of choice doesn't, be sure that it dries all the way before applying the second coat.

Repeat on the front (flat side) of the bobby pin. For the pins you plan on gluing things to, leave a space polish free so the glue can properly adhere to the bobby pin. It's not a bad idea to use a nail file to abrade that area as well, so the glue really has something to hold on to.

Being careful not to get glue all over the effing place, add a thin line of E6000 glue to the pin and place your copper plate (or bead, or shark's tooth, or whatever) on the pin and make sure it doesn't tip over while it's drying.

Drying all depends on how much glue you use, but give it at least an hour before trying to put them in your hair, just in case.

And that is the brunt of the work done! To attach the chain, I simply cut a few pieces to length and looped the chain through the end of the pin. I wouldn't get a chain any smaller than the one I've chosen because it was a pretty tight squeeze to get over the plastic nub on the end.

This is a super-subtle look depending on where you place the chains. If you did a bunch, I think this would look super cool in a braided updo.

For an easy but high-impact look, style your hair with the bobby pin showing. I like using an oversize bobby pin meant for a French twist when pinning the hair away from my face because it reminds me of hair combs without the fuss of using a hair comb.

You can also make a few shapes depending on the size of and how many bobby pins you painted. I want to see something awesome like a hexagon or a star made out of bobby pins, but you may need a friend to help. I had a hard enough time getting the points of the triangle to match up.

For the pins with the added bling (ugh) I simply placed three of them into a braid for a little more pizzazz.

  • Are you a hair accessorize-er?
  • What are your favorite hair accessories?
  • Can we have a group effort to have late-'90s butterfly hair clips become A Thing again?