Lacquered Message Hairpins

lacquered message hairpins

So, maybe I have a little thing lately for some European salutations.  Or, maybe after the ‘Bonjour’ doormat, I felt compelled to redeem myself!  Regardless, I’m not usually one for sweet, girly things, but something about the warmer weather and the impending summer makes me yearn for more bright, cheery, feminine details in my life. I have had these hairpins on my editorial calendar forever and kept pushing them back because I didn’t want to take that next step into wearable DIYs (read: fashion), but after such an amazing response to my little Hong Kong fashion challenge, I am so excited to share with you a sweet accessory DIY today. This project takes just a few common items and can be done for less than just a couple cents each.  That’s right… a couple of cents.

These lacquered message hair pins are made from just a few really simple things… alphabet pasta and nail lacquer.  That’s right.  This is mature pasta art at it’s best.

message bobbipins

A lot different than the noodle art you made back in school, right?  I’m thinking that the possibilities could be endless here!  Monograms, names, funny words… unfortunately, pasta art doesn’t come with hashtags, or else I would have definitely done something with those.  A nice, classic LOL would be darling however (can you hear my sarcasm?)

Keep on reading for step by step photos and steps to complete this darling DIY. 

bonjour lacquered hairpin tutorial

ONE place just a dab of superglue (enough for just one letter) on the straight side of the bobby pin, near to the curved edge. TWO using tweezers, place a letter into the dab of glue.  Repeat with all of the letters in your word.  Pin onto the side of a pieces of cardboard or poster board to dry. THREE after the glue is very dry (about an hour), paint with the lightest layer of nail polish.  It’s best to do 2 very thin coats instead of one thicker one.

The darker, brighter colors worked best.  I actually tried a round with the very light pink shade photographed below, but it didn’t look great.  The coral and magenta turned out well though and really showed off the letters!  A mint green or yellow would also be amazing!

lacquer word hairpins message hairpins

It’s just a tad tedious, but I think the end process is worth it!  They turned out cuter than I’d anticipated and I can’t wait to make a couple more.  I think I’m going to do a few funny words, maybe a little swearing, but with the sweetness of the end product, a little curse word will be ironic and humorous.


Enjoy this one, and have a great hump day, guys!

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