A Nest for All Seasons A Nest for All Seasons: Simple and Sweet Batty Hairpins (for PENNIES!~)

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20 October 2014

Simple and Sweet Batty Hairpins (for PENNIES!~)

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Everybody welcome our jewelry girl Aki back for another fun and simple tutorial!!
 Make sure you check out Minted Strawberry where Aki has LOADS of fun tutorials like this one!

Easy Batty Hairpins

I love repurposing Halloween items into wearable accessories - these plastic skull earrings and dainty insect earrings are among them. Today, I'll be showing you how to make these batty hairpins to adorn your mane.


  • Plastic bat rings
  • Wire cutters
  • Glue gun
  • Felt
  • Spray paint
  • Hairpins
  • Scissors

First, get some plastic bat rings. These run for a dollar a bag at the dollar store. 
The ones from above I got at Target's dollar spot.

I also had ones from Dollar Tree leftover from the skull earrings craft years ago. As you can see they do look a bit different from each other - I guess it's up to you if you want to go for the cutesy one (Target) or the more batty-looking one. I don't know which one I like more so I ended up making them both into gold hairpins!

Get your wire cutters and cut the ring part - it's really easy with wire cutters, but if not, 
scissors would work too, you just have to do some sanding after to completely flatten the backside out. 

Now get some spray paint and color them, starting with the backside first. 
I always do the backside first to ensure the front won't get ruined when spraying.
 I chose gold and silver and once I get some metallic copper I will do a set in that as well. ;)

Now take some felt, cut a small strip and sandwich it between the prongs of your hairpin, 
making sure it's somewhat skewed (unless you want your bats to be completely parallel to your hairpin). 
Apply some hot glue or even E6000, attach your bat and wait for it to dry. 

Now wasn't that as easy as pie? I think both bat hairpins turned out nice, but I might make more of the Dollar Tree ones just because they look more realistic. Don't want bats? Make some skulls or spiders in the same technique - I'm sure they'll look just as great, the spiders especially!

Have a fun time crafting!


Thanks Aki!  You are SO the queen of making cheap dollar store items look FANTASTIC!

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Angeline Ma Tuesday, October 21, 2014  

When I first saw the title, my mind immediately conjured an ugly, cheap, plastic alligator clip with a scratchy bat wing on it.However, my instincts told me you weren't that type, and so I click on the link and see THIS beauty! :D

P.S. I prefer the first; it's more rustic looking. XD :)

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