Hobbies

Hobbies: How to make a garden of hairpins

Scripps-Howard News ServiceJuly 12, 2013 

This terra cotta pot filled with a garden of hair pins is a great gift or party favor, and also a fun project to do with young girls.

SHNS FILE PHOTO COURTESY OF DENA FISHBEIN — Newscom

Summer updos, beautiful braids and high buns are all in style right now, so this is the perfect time to create sweet and elegant hair accessories to set your look apart.

Not only is this project a quick and fun way to make new hairpins, but you’ll also be crafting a wonderful display for them. This terra-cotta pot filled with a garden of hairpins is a great gift or party favor, and also a fun project to do with young girls. Make many and display them along a window sill like colorful blossoming buds.

Supplies

• Small terra-cotta pot, 2 to 2 1/2 inches tall

• Five or more bobby pins

• 1/4-inch-wide decorative ribbon

• Millinery flowers

• Fabric-covered buttons

• Shaped buttons

• Scissors

• Hot-glue gun

• Moss

Step by step

1 If you’re like me, you may already have a stash of odds and ends like fabric flowers, sparkly notions and vintage buttons. Gather some you would like to use in your hair. Simply hot-glue them to the end of your bobby pins, let dry and voilà! You can create a multicolored bouquet or stick to one color.

2 Grab a thin decorative ribbon to wrap around the terra-cotta pot. I used a chartreuse velvet ribbon. Measure and cut enough to wrap around the top of your pot and tie a bow, plus a few inches extra just in case.

3 Starting from the middle of the ribbon and working out toward the ends, hot-glue it down just about 1/4-inch below the top of the pot. Then tie the hanging ends in a pretty bow and secure that to the pot with a tiny drop of glue. Trim the ends of the ribbon to finish off the bow.

4 Now fill the little pot with garden moss, and stick the pins into it so they stand straight up, and arrange a beautiful display.

This is a fun, girlie project for anyone old enough to operate a hot-glue gun. The pins and pot can be customized to many styles. You can even paint the terra cotta first or cover it with fabric.

Fishbein: denadesigns.com

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