Christmas-Themed Hair Pins With Polymer Clay

All right, today’s tutorial is going to be a quickie, because I am getting ready for Miss Raya’s second birthday party today (yesterday, by the time you read this)! Yeah!  But I did make up these very cute and very easy Christmas hair pins, and I’d like to show you how to make your own!

Christmas Hair Pins

What you will need:

  • Polymer clay – just a very small amount will suffice
  • Christmas-themed small stamps
  • Optional (but helpful) clay cutter – ideally it will be just slightly larger than your stamps
  • Clay roller
  • Wax paper for your workspace
  • Hair Pins with bails – you should be able to find these at any craft store near the jewelry supplies
  • Permanent adhesive (I use E6000)
I make this same note each time I show you a clay project, but in case this is the first one you’re reading here, I’ll say it again.  You can use regular kitchen utensils for working with clay – they don’t have to be specific clay rollers, cutters, etc.  Kitchen supplies work great!  That said – you CANNOT use those same utensils for food ever again – polymer clay is NOT food safe.  If you want to check thrift stores or yard sales for your clay supplies – that’s a great idea!  But do not mix your working kitchen utensils with your clay supplies.

Now, to get started, work your clay until it’s soft, and roll it out 1/4″ thick.  I do this on wax paper so that it removes easily.

Christmas Hair Pins

Now, stamp your designs into your clay (yes, do this before you cut it, if you’re going to use a cutter). :) The clay will spread slightly when you stamp it.  Especially if you enjoy the look of an offset design – by cutting it after it’s stamped, you’ll get the most consistent shape.

Christmas Hair Pins

Now, cut out your design(s).

Christmas Hair Pins

Then, bake them according to package instructions.  All brands have different directions, but this should take about 30 minutes.

Once they are baked and cooled, they can be added to the bails.  Just put a SMALL dab of adhesive on your bail.  For products like E6000, a little really goes a long way.

Christmas Hair Pins

And just put a bail on the back of each clay disc you’ve made.  I made 8.  Hey, don’t judge.

Christmas Hair Pins

Now just let them dry for at least an hour.  I just set them aside and did party-prep business for a couple hours.

Christmas Hair Pins

Clearly… I like that snowflake stamp. ;)

These would make really cute gifts for any young ladies in your life.  You can just clip them to a card to gift them.  The snowflakes even last well beyond Christmas and can be worn all winter, so they’d be a great stocking stuffer!

Christmas Hair Pins

I hope you like this little project, it was a really fun one for me!  I also want to give you regular readers a head’s up that I’m going to gush over my baby girl tomorrow instead of having a tutorial. :) She will officially be TWO tomorrow!  Time sure flies!

Thanks for coming by!




  1. says

    These are super cute – easy enough I could give it a try. I don’t usually do clay art but this is so cute.

  2. says

    These are so cute! But what I really want to commend you on is bringing up the safety issues around polymer clay on your blog! I always see gorgeous rolling pins on other (HUGE) sites along side of polymer clay and just know there will be no safety instructions and people are going to get the impression that they can use that rolling pin on cookies. Also, a clay roller is cheap and so much better and easier to use on polymer clay than a big rolling pin.

  3. says

    These are so cute – I make hair clips for my daughter & as gifts for most of her friends, so I might have to borrow your snowflake idea, love it!

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