Six multi-colored and varied handmade dragonfly hairpins made from fake feather and rhinestones on turquoise background

Dragonfly Hairpins DIY

By Brenda Ponnay

A while back I was in a fancy clothing store that had these beautiful feather dragonfly hairpins for sale next to the cash register. They were a bit too expensive for me but the more and more I examined, the more I realized I could make these myself at home. Here are DIY and homemade versions.Supplies to make Dragonfly Hairpins include blue glue gun, dark green thread, bobby pins, blue feathers and rhinestones and beads

So I rushed home and gathered my supplies.

Supplies for Dragon Hairpins DIY

  • fake feathers of course (the smaller size seem more realistic)
  • my trusty glue gun (to be used by a responsible adult supervision)
  • embroidery floss
  • bobby pins
  • pony beads (we used these)
  • jewel dots (we used these but any color will do)

Three photos of making the body of a feather dragonfly hairpin body with wrapping bobby pin with green thread and pair of blue scissors

How-To Instructions:

First I wrapped the wavy side of the bobby pin with embroidery floss. I got it to stay tight by tying a knot at the bottom where I started and then at the top where I stopped. Then I snipped the knots short with some scissors. Don’t worry too much about the loose ends because you can tuck them away with a bit of hot glue later. The most important part here is to make sure you are only wrapping the wavy side and not both sides or else your bobby pin won’t open and can’t be worn.

three photos of close-up of adult and child hands and fingers adding a clear bead to a bobby pin to create a Dragonfly hairpin craft

Then I added the dragonfly head by putting a bit of glue inside a pony bead and attaching the bead to the end of the wavy side of the bobby pin like so. (see above)

Next was the fun part: adding the feather wings!

four landscape photos showing the progression of how to make Dragonfly Hairpins; demonstrating how to start attaching two green fake feathers as wings to a hairpin then layering darker purple ones and finally adding a bead and rhinestones as eyes

Dragonflies have two sets of wings at the top of their body with their long tails hanging out behind so carefully with hot glue I attached four wings as close as I could to represent a dragonfly. Finding feathers that go the right way and are symmetrical in color can be challenging but worth the hunt. I think I could have stopped at the green feathers but sometimes more is just extra fun.

Then, I added small jewel dots on the thread-covered bobby pin to create the dragonfly’s abdomen and two larger jewel dots to the pony bead to create the dragonfly’s eyes. (see picture above)

Girl with dark hair pulled back wearing white shirt and black vest holding up and inspecting a turquoise feather dragonfly hairpin in front of her

After some quick clean-up of the miscellaneous glue threads, these dragonfly hairpins were ready to wear!

Girl with long dark hair smiling and leaning on hand with Feather Dragonfly Hairpin prominently displayed

So pretty! So easy! And so much more affordable than the ones at the fancy giftshop!

Young girl with brown hair holding up two handmade dragonfly hairpins with feathers next to her cheeks

About the Author

Brenda Ponnay

Brenda Ponnay is an author and illustrator who loves to craft and make big messes when she’s not working on her books. Whether it’s painting, baking, drawing, making castles out of card...

Brenda Ponnay is an author and illustrator who loves to craft and make big messes when she’s not working on her books. Whether it’s painting, baking, drawing, making castles out of cardboard boxes or just doing the laundry with flair, Brenda Ponnay has learned that what really makes her happy is being creative every single day.

You can read about all her crazy adventures on her personal blog: Secret Agent Josephine.

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