Sunday, June 2, 2013

Fake Hatpin DIY

I have a couple of hats that need something to secure them so they'll stay on my head. I don't have any hatpins, and the vintage ones I've seen are really expensive. After seeing this tutorial, I decided to make one.  


You need a long doll needle to use as the pin. I had to buy a whole pack because you can't buy them individually. I also got some black faceted beads and some crimps.



I ended up hot gluing the bead over the eye of the needle because the crimps didn't feel that secure.


After making the first one, I made another shorter one with a bead from a broken necklace I had. 


I put an earring back on the end to stop any hatpin-related injuries. I really should get a silver one but, since I don't wear earrings, the gold was all I could find.

This was a quick project and so much cheaper than buying hatpin. I'll post a picture when I actually wear one of them with a hat. 

21 comments:

  1. Inspired! I love hatpins. My gran had a collection of them that I used to ogle.. (far too dangerous to play with though!)

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    1. Ha, yes, I can't imagine that a kid playing with hatpins is a good idea.

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  2. Very clever, and very pretty. Yes please, a hat plus hat pin pic next time! xxx

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    1. Thanks! Yes, I'll definitely post a picture of it in action.

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  3. Such a clever and simple DIY - I love it when you share wee craft tutorials like this. I'm looking forward to the "action shots" :)

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    1. In that case I'll have to post some more craft things. I'm never sure whether anyone is interested.

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  4. Can't wait to see more hats. You might be interested in a photo of my mother's hatpin collection:
    http://violetindi.blogspot.co.nz/

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    1. Your mother's hatpin collection is lovely.

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  5. If you want to avoid having to buy a whole pack of doll pins again, my old work sells hatpin bases and the clutchy things for the end. It's a wholesale jewellery and supplies shop called Warren Agencies on Wrights Road in Addington. I think it was something like $1.30 for a pack of 10 pins, but it's two years since I left so that may have changed.

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    1. Thanks for that. I'll definitely go there if I want to make some more. I was actually just in Warren Agencies recently because my mum was getting an old necklace fixed.

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  6. You are clever! I'm forwarding your post to a friend who has been on the lookout for a hat pin for ages! x

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    1. Thanks! That's great. I hope your friend has some luck making one.

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  7. Oh you are clever.......I have a couple vintage ones I never use......would you like them???? I would love to send them to you.
    Love V

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    1. Thank you, Vanessa. I would love them. You're so sweet.

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  8. That's really cool, I love this idea :)) I will have to try this as well as some of my hats try to blow away. Even for just decoration, it's cool :)) Super idea doll. Have a great week :) x

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  9. How sweet. It's nice to be able to make your own that can compliment your actual hat as the originals can be so pricey.

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  10. this is a great idea, when you can't find something you really want, just make it yourself! i don't have that many hats that need hatpins but if i ever do need to find one somewhere i might just make my own!

    little henry lee

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  11. Great blog..

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    beingbeautifulandpretty.com

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  12. These are great, the earring back is a great idea too, I always worry about stabbing my head!

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