This design tutorial expands upon the summer seashore theme. Creating your own gifts, jewelry and mementos gives you both more personalization options, as well as a deeper sense of connection to the relationships, emotional bonds, and memories we share. This easy crystal hairpin design is perfect for bridesmaids, friends, and younger girls alike.
For each barrette, you will need (a) plain bobby pin, (b) 3x 4mm bicone crystal beads (shown here in aquamarine satin), (c) 3x 6mm beads (you can use bicones or rounds; in this image, Czech crystals in light turquoise), (d) colored wire (gauge small enough to string beads), and (e) jewelry pliers (not shown).
Step 1: Twist the wire around the looped end of the bobby pin to create a secure connection for adding beads. Twist wire around several times to ensure durability.
Step 2: Slide coiled wire onto the “top” (bumpy/wavy) side of the barrette. Add the first 4mm bicone bead to the wire.
Step 3: Twist the wire around the hair pin to secure the bead. This step only requires one pass over the arm of the pin.
Step 4: Add the first 6mm bead, repeating the same steps used to secure the previous bead. Do not forget to secure it with a single loop before adding another bead.
Step 5: Repeat previous steps, alternating between the 4mm and 6mm beads, until the barrette is finished. Complete the end with several more loops, pulled tightly into a coil (same as Step 1). Use pliers to clip off excess wire and trim any sharp ends.
To further personalize, cut out a circle of printed paper in a coordinating color. Use decorative paper punches to cut out themed motif if desired (shown here, starfish).
Use a pen to write a personalized message, monogram, or to add details – like a person’s name, a special date, or an inspirational quote.
Coming up next: Bracelet tutorial.
And later… Table place and name cared tutorials!
Summer celebrations are about family, friendship, and the beauty of nature. Adopt a DIY lifestyle to infuse your life with both a greater sense of meaning, as well as a more sustainable, eco-friendly philosophy.