Gilded Bug Barrettes: A DIY Hair Accessory That Will Get You More Compliments Than Shrieks

I happen to think that insects are super-duper cool, so I picked up a couple packages of plastic bugs from the dollar store, painted them gold, and stuck them in my hair.
Publish date:
May 6, 2014
DIY, hair accessories, barrettes, bugs

Once upon a time, during my high school years, I was quietly sitting alone in my bedroom when I heard a blood curdling scream from outside my door. It was a scream I was all too familiar with, but nonetheless, it kickstarted a panic-mode-emergency-level response that made me scramble to my feet and rush to see what was happening.

The source? My sister.

The cause for such maniacal screeching? A bug.

My poor sister was contorted into a haphazard fetal ball atop our coffee table, pointing and sobbing uncontrollably at a multi-legged critter across the room that was probably already half dead from the shrieking. I shook my head, per normal, laughed a little bit (also per normal) and ushered the poor fella outside.

Perhaps fear-induced screaming is the kind of response a lot teenage girls have to bugs, but I've always been kind of the opposite. I happen to think that insects are super-duper cool, and that's why I decided to pick up a couple packages of $1 plastic bugs from the dollar store, and it's exactly why I painted them gold and stuck them in my hair. (For what it's worth, I will not be sending any of my handcrafted, gilded buggy barrettes to my sister. )

Here's what you need:

• Plastic bugs (I found mind at Dollar Tree, but I'm sure you can find them inexpensively elsewhere)

• Gold spray paint

• Barrettes

• Hot glue gun and glue

First, select all the bugs you want to spray-paint. Then, head outside and coat those babies with your gold spray paint. You could do it inside if you're careful, but you're better off venturing into the outdoors. If anyone asks what you're doing, just tell them you're King Midas and demand they bow or else.

Apply hot glue to a small barrette.

Finally, press your gilded bug onto the barrette and hold until it cools.

I also decided to make one giant barrette with bugs galore. Before I started gluing, I picked out a nice assortment and did a few test arrangements just to make sure everything felt even and equally weighted.

I glued each bug onto the barrette one at a time, thoughtfully rotating them until it looked right.

How you wear them is up to you. I think they're perfect for spring and summer, though. I decided to pair them with a really natural eye, flushed lips and cheeks and a bright pink dress.

Are you into bugs as beauty accessories? Or would you freak out if you saw someone wearing these?