9 DIY Hair Accessories You Can Make on the Cheap

Luisa Colón
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You’ll never pay for hair flair again. 

I love DIY projects, but I’m no pro. My skills are moderate; my tools limited to a needle, thread, and a hot glue gun. Sometimes I really nail it; other times I produce a major fail. But there’s something special about DIY hair accessories; everything always seems to fall into place. After all, hair flair is both timeless and on-trend (think about the return of those magical little hair charms of the 90s); it can be perfectly on-point for a trip to the gym or down the aisle on your wedding day. These nine DIY hair accessories will elevate your ‘do and save you money, too. FYI: for some of them, you’ll need metal clips (I personally like these Silver Metal Alligator Hair Clips, $7 for 100 of ‘em!), bobby pins, or hair combs.

1. (Bobby) Pin It

Have an errant button or lone piece of jewelry under a couch cushion or sitting, unloved, in your jewelry box? How about a seashell or even a tiny toy or charm? Hot glue it to a bobby pin — done and done.

2. Flower Power

Another ideal item for gluing onto a bobby pin or clip? DIY felt flowers. Go uniform or play with different sizes or colors; you’ll be surprised at how easy it is to turn out these elaborate-looking blossoms.

3. Do the Twist

I am all about upcycling t-shirts. Cut that old tee into strips and go from there;  take this lovely, easy-peasy headband that employs a Celtic knot, for example (much easier than it looks and it’s no-sew, too!).

4. Work it Out!

Ostensibly this is a braided workout headband, but is it just me or would it be super pretty outside of the gym, too?

5.  Bow Bling

I’ve always been intimidated by DIY bows, but these are totally doable and fun to try using different mediums (felt, paper, leather).

6. Leather or Not

… And in fact, a leather bow with some studded flair sewn onto a ponytail-holder makes for a sweet-and-sultry look. 

7. Creature Comfort

These are on the harder side to make, but after you get your groove going with your fab new hair accessories, why not go for the gusto with these little DIY felt animals that you can then glue to headbands, clips, or bobby pins? (They also make awesome brooches!)

8. Pretty in Punk

Clock parts, feathers, and gold beads? Yes, please. Or add your own interesting items to this sexy, utterly unique DIY steampunk hair comb (meant for wedding wear, but seriously, why not for any special occasion?).   

9. That’s a Wrap

For something more simple, these embroidery wrapped hair combs are versatile (go for all-black to make it a bit more goth, or stick with just two colors) and easy to make.

Images via pinterest.com.

Comment: Do you make your own hair accessories? 

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Luisa is SHESAID's beauty writer and a New Yorker who has been writing and editing professionally since 1997, when she started working at New York magazine. Since then, her work has appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times, New York, USA Today, Family Circle, Glamour, and many more. Follow Luisa on Twitter.

You’ll never pay for hair flair again.  I love DIY projects, but I’m no pro. My skills are moderate; my tools limited to a needle, thread, and a hot glue gun. Sometimes I really nail it; other times I produce a major fail. But there’s something special about DIY hair accessories; everything always seems to...9 DIY Hair Accessories You Can Make on the Cheap