Glass Tile Hair Pin

So, if you have tried working with glass tiles, you know how addictive it is.  Part of it is that it’s easy, part of it is that it’s fun – you can dream up a whole lot of original things to do on a one-inch tile!  But I think a lot of it also is just that there are a lot in a pack!  So I’ve been brainstorming for other ways to use them, especially this week with my sewing machine in the shop.

After having made necklaces and magnets already, I thought I’d give a hair accessory a try.  I don’t wear a lot of barrettes – all I normally use is the occasional hair pin.  So I raided my sticker supply and found something green for the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day, and I keep hair pin bails on-hand too.  So everything for this project came from my stash, which is always a good thing!

I’m only going to give you the condensed version of the tutorial, since I have shown you… er, lots of tile projects already. :)  If you missed them, here are a few you can visit from my archives to get more info!

Necklaces using clear glass tiles

So the short version for hair pins – this is what you need:

  • Stickers or printed graphics (and some Mod Podge, if you’re using a paper graphic from your printer)
  • Tile(s)
  • Hair pin bail (s)
  • E6000 or other heavy-duty adhesive
  • Optional dimensional glaze (I use Glamour Glaze)

Design your tile however you like.  I chose a shamrock sticker on an opaque tile, and gave it a coat of dimensional glaze.  Once it dried (the drying time is much longer than the project time, this takes very little actual work), I attached the bail to the back with some E6000.

I took about five minutes making my tile in the morning, took a minute to attach the bail at lunchtime, and by the afternoon, all I had left to to was take a couple photographs – including the ever-awkward self-portrait, so you can see what it actually looks like when you wear it. :)

What other ideas have you dreamed up for using leftover tiles?  Headbands?  Pushpins?  Cufflinks?

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~ Adrianne


  1. VERY cute idea :)

  2. And it even matches your jacket. I saw this cute wine bag that was made from a man's dress shirt sleeve. Wouldn't a couple of glass tile cuff links look adorable with that!

  3. I love your hair pin ! Excellent idea :)

  4. DebbieDoesCreations says:

    I am your newest Linky Follower and found you via the blog hop. I would love for you to follow me back. That hair pin is too stinkin cute!

  5. What a cute idea! My daughter would love this!

  6. Rebelle Doll says:

    I have two daughters and they would love this! We have a blog that we just started and I am your newest linky follower! I would love if you would follow us back!

  7. Cre8ive Motives says:

    This is so cute!

    Following you via linky party blog hop :)


  8. Angie says:

    Okay, that is the most creative project I have seen in a long time! That is an awesome idea. My daughter would love to make these with me. Thanks for the inspiration!

    Following through Linky Followers. Hope you will visit and follow back! Thanks!

  9. Danni Baird says:

    Now that is just adorable! I haven't made anything with glass tiles yet, but your project and easy directions make me want to get started on one! Thanks for sharing this!

  10. Ladybird Ln says:

    What a cute idea! You look darling! I would have never thought to put it on a barrette!


  11. So cute!! What a fun idea! Thanks for sharing at Thursday's Temptation.

  12. Rachel says:

    So cute! and easy, gotta love that! I'd love for you to share this at my link party – it runs Tues-Sat.

  13. Our Village is a Little Different says:

    Very cute! I just stopped by from cheri's linky party. What a neat site! I'm following with Linky tools, I hope you'll come visit me, too.

  14. Melanie says:

    Another cute tile piece!! So glad that you shared it at Things I've Done Thursday!!

    P.S. I launched a great CD giveaway today if you're interested!! :)

  15. Susan-The Weekly Sweet Experiment says:

    Cute – and so creative!!

  16. Kelly says:

    This is cute! My daughter (and ME!) need some new hair accessories. Thanks for sharing at Fabulous Friday!

  17. Kadie says:

    What a great idea!! I really need to pick up some glass tiles. And yay for using stuff from your stash!! Thanks for sharing with us this week.:)

  18. Love this!! I have been making glass tile necklaces but I hadn't thought to do a hair pin! Yours is lovely! Thanks for sharing at Shine on Fridays!

  19. This post is fabulous! I love the glass tile hair pin so much! so unique creation! Thanks for sharing this wonderful post!

  20. Wow! Nice hair pin! My daughter’s gonna love this for sure! Thanks for sharing!

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