Retro-Upgrade: Metal Pin Headbands

Hey all,

This was a craft, once again, inspired by mi familia! I was very fortunate to receive all of my great-aunt’s metal pins. I couldn’t imagine, in their original state, what I could possibly do with them. I’m not a pin or brooch kind of gal, so I certainly wasn’t going to wear them as-is. But I also wasn’t willing to part with them. It became quickly apparent that though I’m not a brooch kind of gal, I am a headband wearing fiend. I love outlandish, fascinator-eque headbands with flowers, pearls, and feathery fluff. It’s rare that I go anywhere without a bun and a headband. So why not make a few of my own out of these awesome, adorable pins?

During my run for Christmas crafting supplies, I stopped in the beading/adornment section of my local craft store. I zeroed in on the satin covered headbands. Though I do have a few headbands with the metal base, when I wear these with my glasses, my head hates me for it. So I figured I would go with the most comfortable option. After choosing two thin (about a half inch wide) and one wide (one inch wide) bands, I headed home and got to work.

Seems easy, right?

Seems easy, right?

At first, I thought this craft would take me less than ten minutes. But of course, nothing is as it seems. I used the pin back and stuck in into the headband. It seemed to work, and in the above picture it looks fine, but I wasn’t impressed. Wearing the headband, I could feel the pin slide about and shake whenever I moved. Not happy with that, since I would be in constant motion at work wearing these. AND, if you look closely, you still see the shiny gold pinbacks. Not impressed. Needless to say, I had to change my strategy.

I took the pin off of the headband and thought for a bit. I wanted the headband to fit flush against the headband, as to remove any moving or shaking. This required my hand strength to twist and move the pins, pulling off the clasps without harming the actual pin. You have to be VERY careful because sometimes they are assembled as one piece, so you break one part, the pin disintegrates. But after you remove the pin clasp, a simple application of a TON of hot-glue and some stable holding, you’ve got some great new headbands.

And voila! Adorable headbands that are sure to make all my little girl students jealous.

And voila! Adorable headbands that are sure to make all my little girl students jealous.

I decided to group a few of the pins that were smaller and similarly colored. They’ll go great with my super colorful outfits. The black and white headband has a HUGE flower, so unless I wanted to feel like I had a massive amount of weight on top of my head, I wasn’t going to add anything to it. I’m pretty excited about these guys, but now I can’t decide which to wear first!




PS- The headband bases cost less than $5 (coupons, coupons!). So with glue and the pins, this was a really easy, affordable project!


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