Tutorial: Swarovski Pins

Three Pins completed
Finally home (and with me, many bags waiting to be unpacked).

The hair pins above are quick and easy and an excellent way to make a special gift. I’ve seen beaded pins made with wire, but while traveling found that thread works equally well if not better. To make your own, here’s how:

- bobby pins
- beads
- needle and strong thread
- scissors

Tutorial 1
String your beads, roughly the same lengths as the pin.

Tutorial 2
Pull the needle through the eye of the pin and tie.

Tutorial 3
Separate the first bead on the thread (leaving the others) and tie it securely.

Tutorial 4
Thread the needle back through the bead and tie in front. The following picture illustrates this very well.

Tutorial 5
Continue going through the beads one by one.

Tutorial 6

Tutorial 7
Once all beads are attached to the pin, it’s time to finish and “hide” the two ends of thread.

Tutorial 8

Tutorial 9

Thread the needle back through the first and/or second bead, through the knot and cut it.
Three Pins completed
Done. Placed on a small piece of cardboard they make wonderful gifts for little and not so little girls.

Enjoy your week!

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  1. Tara says:

    So pretty. Thanks for the tutorial.

  2. Maite - vitoma says:

    Estupendo paso a paso, quedan bellísimas.

  3. shanique says:

    WOW lovely tutorial this looks pretty easy to follow

  4. Melissa Lynn D says:

    Cute! I have a TON of bobby pins lying around from updos for weddings the past few years, and now I know what to do with them! Thanks!

  5. Conny's Cottage says:

    Hallo Anne,

    ich freu mich sehr deinen Blog gefunden zu haben mit so vielen Inspierationenn.

    herzliche gruesse Conny

  6. silvermoon says:

    I really love your ideas!! Thank you!

  7. MissKoolAid says:

    Very cute. Thanks for another wonderful tutorial!

  8. Kate says:

    Hello! I'm a new follower of your blog. :)

    These are so pretty and I can't wait to try to make some! Thanks for the great tutorial!

  9. Shelley Noble says:

    So lovely! I love this idea. Will make will make! Thank you for sharing it!

  10. Anita says:

    What a cute idea, I'm going to show this to my daughter, I know she'll want to make some.

  11. CraftCrave says:

    Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [11 Jan 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  12. Heather says:

    beautiful!! I am going to have to try this. It looks sooo easy and turns out cute.

  13. Kelly says:

    I love how easy to follow these directions are!

  14. Aiyeshah says:

    Wow! I love this tutorial! Thanks a lot :)

  15. vfg says:

    Such an "of course!" moment: I have always found that my hair gets caught by the wire & not really loved the ones I've made. Since I usually turn to thread to attach everything else, I'm surprised I didn't think….

    simple brilliance, as always.

  16. veryberryhandmade says:

    So pretty – & what a lovely clear tutorial. Thanks.

  17. Ninette says:

    Great idea! My daughter will definitely love that. Her hair is kind of difficult to work with, so I am always looking out for new ideas for hair decorations to keep her motivated when we braid. Thanks!

  18. boatx2 says:

    My friend Kelly would love this! She has such pretty dark hair now and this would look lovely peeking from braids or chignon. Or let's face it, hanging down. However, I'm so impossible–I'm having a hard time understanding the steps 3 and 4. Help?

  19. annekata says:

    @boatx: Thanks for bringing this to my attention. There's one image, I probably should have added. Let's see: First, tie the bead to the bobby pin. Then take the needle back through the bead and tie the second knot after the bead. Each time a bead is pushed forward (remember, they are all strung) the needle goes though the next bead in line and tied.
    Hope this helps.
    By the way, loved your post on the Osborne shoes. I'd never heard about them before. Thanks.

  20. Anonymous says:

    Love these- my friend Laura has really long and pretty brown hair, and these would look really nice on her. If I could find good beads like that. Where did you get yours?

  21. annekata says:

    My beads were bought in a small shop in Berlin, Germany, but Etsy also sells pretty glass beads. http://www.fusionbeads.com is another source.
    Hope this helps.

  22. Nancy Ward says:

    Wanted you to know I posted a link to this tutorial today on my blog.

    Nancy Ward

  23. CREATIVE MIND says:

    I love this simple easy & cute creation..awesome camera work my dear :)

  24. Anonymous says:

    Great way to rip off someone else´s designs…
    First off, making them this way, they are not going to last… Secondly, those beads are not swarovski beads…

  25. BinksandBubble says:

    simply elegant! perfect little accessory to add to any outfit – thanks for sharing :)


  26. lucia says:

    What a fonderful idea !
    Thanks so much for sharing :)
    Call me Mimì

  27. cristen says:

    i've done this with wire before and it pulls your hair out when you try to take them out. thread is so genius! thank you :)

  28. Carol Carneiro says:

    Nossa! Tão simples e tão lindos! Adorei! bjs: Carol Carneiro

  29. flo says:

    so nice! I’m going to make that one sometimes, I put it on my to-do-list.


  30. It’s actually easier to use wire and bead on the flat side which is what is meant to be the top of the hair pin. When you put them on the wavy size is supposed to be on the bottom to help grip more.
    The wire also helps keep it in your hair more secure then thread.

    Just a heads up for people who are wanting to make them.

  31. kathrin says:

    So sorry to hear that you had trouble figuring it out. Your are right that initially you will have a “tail” with beads on it, not two strands of thread. Make sure you choose beads whose holes are big enough to handle two threads though, because you will go through the beads one by one tying the thread after each AFTER you secure the first bead at the end as in the fifth image. See which thread is most useful to you. Buttonhole worked well for me, because the knots don’t slip. After tying the first bead, thread the needle back through and tie in front of the bead gripping the wavy part of the pin. (Now the bead has two threads going through its hole). Thread through the next one, and tie in front until all the beads are tied to the wavy part of the pin. Unfortunately I don’t have a bigger image to show, but I hope you can figure it out?
    Best regards, Kathrin

  32. Linnellbelle says:

    I am a lefty and I had problems figuring it out too…. but eventually I figured out something that worked for me. I’m sharing in case I’m not the only lefty in this crafty world ;) I tied the knot on the end and ran the needle back through starting from the opposite end of the bobby pin. This worked for me and although I was worried that I would run out of bead or bobby pin it all worked out just fine. Thanks for a great idea! I love the close up pictures of this tut! And my bobby pins have turned out bee-u-ti-ful!

  33. er cannon says:

    these are cute, but a nightmare~!~ the beads don’t stay put the thread slides on the pin. I agree the tutuorial is great but they slide around.

    what is the secret to keep the bead in place while you knot it?

  34. kathrin says:

    Hi, there is really no secret the making these pins other than making sure the knots are as tight as can be. You can also try using wire, if you still have difficulties.

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