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How to Make Gemstone Bobby Pins for the Best DIY Valentine’s Day Gift Ever

Are you in a rut trying to figure out a cute, inexpensive Galentine’s Day or DIY Valentine’s gift idea? Well, we’ve got the perfect solution for you. These gemstone bobby pins are so easy to make that you have no excuse — this year’s gift will be handmade! Whether or not you have a boo, this is a day to celebrate love. So drink some wine, watch a romantic movie on Netflix, give special presents to your besties and use Feb 14 as the perfect excuse to experiment with new Valentine’s Day hairstyles. Below we’ve got a bobby pin tutorial paired with an updo lesson. Check them out and get making!

Materials and Tools:

— bobby pins

— gemstones

— glue gun and glue sticks

— card stock

— X-ACTO knife or box cutter

— watercolor

— brushes

Final Bobby Pins (1)


Step Bobby Pins (1)

1. Protect your surface by pinning the bobby pins to a plastic sheet.

2. Use the glue gun to glue the gemstones in place, then let them completely cool down.

3. Grab a piece of card stock. Paint with your fave watercolor as shown below.

4. Before the color dries, use a clean brush to blend it.

5. Once the color is dry, add a simple quote. You can print, stamp or simply write your greeting on the top.

6. Cut your card stock into pieces the size of business cards and add a hole to poke the bobby pin through.

Final Bobby Pins Collage 1-01

First off, protect your surface and pin the bobby pins onto a plastic sheet. This step will help you when gluing the top part of the bobby pin. Next, use the glue gun to glue the gemstones in place and let them completely cool down.

step 2

At this point it’s time to create some display cards. Take a piece of card stock and start painting with your fave color. Then grab a clean brush and use it to blend the color by adding water and brushing up the card. Let everything completely dry, then add your message. Something simple like “Happy V-Day” or “You’re a Gem” will work great. I personally decided to print the quote with my printer, but you can definitely stamp it or simply write it with a pen! Next, cut your card as shown above, add a tiny hole and poke the bobby pins through. You’re done!

Final Bobby Pins (3)

Final Bobby Pins (5)


Now that you’ve got some brand new bobby pins, give them to your besties as a sweet V-Day present or use them to complement a chic yet easy updo. Just grab a clear hair tie and other basic hair accessories and scroll on to see the tutorial.

Final Updo (3)


Step Updo (1)

If you’re working with second-day hair, use dry shampoo to refresh your mane while adding a bit of volume. We love Drybar’s TripleSec 3-in-1 ($26), which is a volumizer, texturizer and dry shampoo in one.


Step Updo (2)

Step Updo (3)

Add a deep side part to your hair with a fine tooth comb, then create a sleek, low ponytail.


Final Collage (1)

Poke your fingers through the hair to create a “pocket” of space. Keeping the “pocket” open with your fingers, flip the ponytail up and through it.

Final Collage (2)

Flip the ponytail through the “pocket” once again, then roll the ponytail into the “pocket” you made. Bobby pin it in place and you’re done with the hairstyle.

Final Updo (1)

Is there a more romantic hairdo than a low chignon?


Final Collage (3)

Add a tiny bit of hairspray if you want, then complete with the gemstone bobby pins that you’ve just created. Voilà, you’re good to go!

Final Updo (2)

Have you already decided how you’re wearing your hair on V-Day? If not, be sure to follow us on Pinterest to find more hairstyle inspiration.


Ahhh, fall. There are so many things to love about this time of year (give us ALL the sweaters and pumpkin-flavored eats). But, high on the list comes autumn decor candles, throws, textiles — you name it. Of course, buying items and actually adding them to your room are two different things. So we're turning to Instagram for the best styling advice and inspo for the season. Scroll on to see everything you need to get those wheels turning!

@sbkliving: Sometimes, it only takes a chic doormat to transition your front steps for the season. Hello, fall!

@rachelpuccetti: Excuse us while we spend an entire lazy Sunday relaxing in this fall-infused space.

@farmhousetofrills: A monochrome mantel never looked so chic. (That fireplace pumpkin setup is seriously *genius*.)

@faith_hope_home: Greet guests with a fall-themed entrance to set the tone for a day of pumpkin carving or scary movie marathoning.

@simplysoutherncottage: Don't forget about those nooks and crannies! This entryway/mudroom situation is capturing our little harvest-loving hearts.

@6thirtydecor: Speaking of pumpkins, pick up a few extra gourds to pave the way into your cozy autumn abode.

@farmsteadonfirst: That guest bedroom you weren't sure what to do with it? Transform it into a rustic retreat with some fall signage and mustard-yellow and green accents.

@fiddleleafinteriors: We're going to take a second to *swoon* over this adorable kitchen setup. Those farmhouse accents and simple centerpiece setup? We're in love.

@ohmydearblog: Contrary to what you think, florals *aren't* just for spring. Bring them into your abode by selecting buds in moody tones to pay homage to the season.

@simply.mrs.z: Drawn to modern style? Play up the Halloween vibes by picking black, orange and brass accents to rock on places like your bookshelf. (Bonus points for carrying the theme over to your textiles.)

@drivewaytodreams_crystal: We're going to go ahead and give two thumbs up to all of these orange-hued accents. Backdropped with a neutral furnishings and they truly *pop*!

@cripcollectiveig: For those who don't want to go overboard with the "fall stuff" this one will speak to you. Compile a couple of cute throws and a minimalist pumpkin print on your mantle and you're set

@cavcottage: Who said fun pillows were limited to furnishings only? We're ALL about this entry display.

@houseon77th: This daybed setup is a *dream*. But actually, this would be the perfect space to doze off in come the colder days.

@kristenforgione: For a more festive Halloween look, overhaul your living space with a spooky handmade addition like this one. *Googles paper bat DIYs.*