Small Projects

Upcycled Bobby Pins

Flower Bobby Pin 3

Keep finding bobby pins around the house? Well here’s some easy DIY’s that’ll make you want to keep hold of them!

Flower Hair Pin

Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

  • Bobby pins
  • Small scraps of felt
  • Sewing needle
  • Thread
  • Buttons
  • Fabric shears (normal scissors will work just as well)
  • Glue gun

Let’s get started with the flower pins. Cut a small piece of felt roughly 10cm x 2cm.

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Now fold the piece of felt into five. This will make a flower with five petals. The amount of times you fold the felt equals the amount of petals you’ll end up with.

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Using your scissors shape the top of your folded square into a curve. I just cut the corners off then shaped it up.

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When you unfold the shape you should have something similar to this:

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With a needle and thread, sew a running stitch along the straight edge. Don’t worry about the colour of your thread because this won’t be seen at the end.

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Holding onto the needle and thread, bunch up the fabric by pushing it back on the stitches and the felt will start to make a sort of spiral shape.

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Secure this shape by sewing both of the ends together.

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Now for the centre of the flower. I have sewn on a small button. If you’re unsure how to stitch a button on, have a little look at my tutorial!

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The last step is to dab a small bit of glue onto the centre on the back and position your bobby pin.

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There you have it, a quick and simple flower hair pin!

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Button Hair Pin

What you’ll need:

  • Thread
  • Needle
  • Buttons
  • Bobby pins
  • Glue gun


Our first step is to thread up our needle and knot the other end of the thread onto our bobby pin. I did quite a few knots just to make sure it was secure.

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Now we’re going to thread our button onto the hair pin. To do this sew through one of the button holes from the back of the button and then back through the other hole. Loop the needle through the end of the bobby pin.

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Keep repeating this process until the button is sewn securely onto the bobby pin.

Flower Bobby Pin 2
Flower Bobby Pin

And if you don’t feel like doing any sewing, you can just glue the buttons onto the pin!

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Painted Bobby Pins

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A piece of paper
  • Nail varnish
  • Bobby pins


Firstly fold your paper in half and then in half again. Fold back the top layer by half.

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Now we can slide our bobby pins onto the paper fold.

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With our bobby pins in place we can now paint them! I have chosen blue and pink nail varnish. Load the brush up with varnish and just paint along the top of the pin and leave to dry for about 10 minutes.

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Once they are dry, take them off of the paper and they’re ready to wear!

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If you have a go don’t forget to share your makes with us on Instagram @aboxofbuttons or on Twitter @aBoxofButtons! See you next time!

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