Bunheads for bunheads! Dancers have long embellished bobby pins with tiny flowers, beads and rhinestones to dress up their buns. But I’m going to suggest we take things to the next level. Let’s shove tiny disembodied heads in our hairdos!
- small wooden beads – about 1/2 inch in diameter
- bobby pins
- mini pom poms
- sequins (my fancy sequins came in a grab bag I bought at Michael’s)
- teeny tiny rhinestones
- craft paint
- small paint brushes
- strong glue
- skewer or toothpick
1. Paint the beads any colour/ethnicity you like, and allow to dry completely. It may take 2-3 coats. You can also leave them plain.
2. Glue the bead to the rounded end of a bobby pin. (I used E6000, as it holds well.) Use a skewer to line the inside of the bead and cover the top of the bobby pin with glue, then slide the bead down. Don’t go too far – you want most of the bobby pin free for securing to hair. Wipe off any excess glue and allow to dry completely before embellishing. Clipping the pins to a box keeps them upright when drying glue/paint at the various stages of assembly.
3. Sketch the hair and a face with a pencil. This isn’t necessary if you feel you can freehand with paint.
4. Paint on the hair and face. I kept mine simple, but if you’re artistic you could go crazy here.
5. Glue a mini pom pom to the top of the bead, covering the bead hole.
6. Cut a sequin in half and glue it to the front of the mini pom pom. A skewer helps with the application of glue.
7. Glue a tiny rhinestone to the sequin. Again, a skewer or toothpick helps here.
You could skip the sequin, and simply use rhinestones to dress up your little friend’s bun. Teeny tiny flowers would be nice too!
I brought some of these bobby pins to class last week, and the girls went bonkers for them. The girls, by the way, are in my Advanced ballet class. THEY AREN’T LITTLE CHILDREN – most of them are taller than me. Clearly these have ageless appeal!
(If you’re into ballet crafts, you might also like these Ballerina Peg Dolls!)