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. Terry says

    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!

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. Kelly says

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

  6. 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.:)

  7. Amy says

    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!

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