DIY Chanel Pearl Hairpins

This week’s DIY, requested by a reader, was inspired by the abundant and delightful use of pearls in Chanel‘s Spring 2012 Collection. Though I’m usually not the biggest fan of pearls, I actually fell in love with the way Karl affixed them along the back of necks and pushed oversized ones into loose updos. His modern interpretation of the underwater gem just goes to show that pearls can be worn any day, at any age! With a few easy steps, you’ll be able to whip up a handful of pearl hairpins as fast as you can say “Sally sold seashells by the seashore” 10 times. Backwards.

You’ll need:

Start by cutting off a 5 inch piece of wire. Fold the wire in half. With the flat nose pliers, flatten the fold. (Click images to enlarge)

Put a few drops of super glue onto the tip of the folded part and insert it into the pearl.

Allow it to dry completely. Spread the two wires apart. Lay the pearl on the bobby pin and start wrapping one side of the wire around the top of the pin.

Continue to wrap tightly 5-6 times.

Now, secure the pearl by wrapping the other side around the bottom half of the pin.

Snip the wires and reinforce it with a few drops of super glue.

Your pearl hairpins are finished!!

Tuck a few pins into an updo or use a couple to pin back a few flyaways!

(top image from here, rest of images by HonestlyWTF)

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188 Comments

  1. Tasja wrote:

    I just love all your DIY and this one is no exception!

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  2. Ahhhhh! I’ve already made these. Very simple. But looks awesome.

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  3. PERFECT!

    Charlotte
    http://www.thefashionguitar.com

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  4. L. Figment wrote:

    Oh! Totally cute!! Love it.

    L.
    http://goodmorningangel.blogspot.com

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  5. Lovely!!!
    very nice! Thanks for sharing!!!
    xxx
    touchkajal.blogspot.com

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  6. Karla V. wrote:

    Fantastic!!

    I invite you to see DIY “New York Necklace”
    http://detrasdellabial.blogspot.com/2012/02/diy-new-york-necklace.html

    XoXo!!

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  7. laure wrote:

    This is so nice and simple!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just love that I am just in a mood perl right now : i have made a pull perl and i have a tee shirt perl coming soon:)
    http://ilovedoityourself.blogspot.com/

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  8. HI,

    I love this DIY, i did this for junior prom a few years back and i got so many compliments!! Its fun and easy, and totaly makes the updo 🙂

    love K

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  9. These are lovely…I think I need a set 🙂

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  10. Maria wrote:

    I lvoe these wayyy to much!

    http://peppermintsandpixiedust.blogspot.com

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  11. Nancie wrote:

    Genius! I will make these!
    FASHION NOTEBOOK

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  12. Nikki wrote:

    I’ve always thought of pearls as stuffy and waaaay too preppy for my tastes, but the Chanel show really had me singing a new tune. I love the randomness of the placement in the hair and whimsical feel of these gems in a messy updo. I can’t wait to try this DIY at home!

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  13. Gudrun wrote:

    Gorgeus! you genius!

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  14. Melinda wrote:

    Looks lovely! I can’t wait to try this! It will probably look great with a single swarovski bead as well!

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  15. Chila wrote:

    What I really love of Chanel SS show are the necks… Those pearl details are sooo beautiful

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  16. Ally wrote:

    The pearls were certainly an interesting touch on Chanel’s runway but the pearl hair pins look so adorable with that bun!! Such an easy DIY to accessorize your hair 🙂

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  17. So pretty. I have tons of pearls around the Angel Court studio. I’ll have to give this a try!

    xoxo,
    Courtney

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  18. Sam wrote:

    So simple, but so smart!

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  19. Sylvia wrote:

    OMG!! This is super cute 🙂 Look great on your hair, you seem to come from a fairytale! This is an excellent idea, thank you!!

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  20. Ambyr wrote:

    Ooh these are fun and pretty. I’m not really a pearl kind of girl but I love how it pops of the brunette hair.

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    xoxo
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  21. Sylvia wrote:

    OMG!! This is super cute 🙂 Look great on your hair, you seem to come from a fairytale! This is an excellent idea, thank you!!
    http://www.daretodiy.com

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  22. Candy wrote:

    You guys are killing it with the super easy & chic DIYs! I love this!

    Candy
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    http://www.tayloranddemolish.tumblr.com

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  23. Yoo’re A Crack….Superrrrr idee…This night i copy your DIY, jajaja.

    XOXO from Munich

    Today you can check my neon pink ring and the MenShoes Outfit in:

    http://laviequo.blogspot.com/2012/02/maria.html

    You can translate in upright corner frame, if not work please put focus mousse inside and click F5.

    La Vie Quotidienne . .

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  24. PSbyDila wrote:

    That looks amazing!

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  25. Eva wrote:

    LOVE it! Normally I am too lazy to do DIY, but I am totally into this one! Nicely done…

    XO,
    Eva

    http://www.evabstyle.blogspot.com

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  26. Charlotte wrote:

    Love all of the ideals that you put out there, Thank You

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  27. Susann wrote:

    Such an AMAZING idea! Thanks, I’m off to make some pins!

    xx, Susann
    Fashion in Pepperland

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  28. Tainá wrote:

    Idéia incríevel, adoro todos os DIY, e esse não foi excessão.

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  29. Pretty! I love how they appear to be floating in the hair. May need to give this a try!

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  30. Lisa wrote:

    i’m not a big pearl person either, but they could be really pretty in hair or oversized jewels
    in dramatic fashion

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  31. Wow, that’s amazing!
    I linked back to this post under “The details that matters” in this post:
    http://actofstyle.com/2012/02/28/spring-trousers/

    Have a great day!

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  33. Kate wrote:

    Adorable!! A super chic way to onoporate pearls in to ny look…love!
    <3 Kate
    http://www.theforgetfulwife.com

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  34. super chic and cute! 🙂

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  35. Vanita wrote:

    Love those! You did a great job!

    Jewelry tutorials.
    http://www.houseofavandan.com

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  36. Sacha wrote:

    So sweet! Ive been obsessed with the mermaids at Chanel since the day of the show. Now if only we can figure out the faux pearl nose rings…

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  37. Kate wrote:

    Definitely one of my favorite DIYS of yours – so lovely and easy too!

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  38. Andrea wrote:

    What a cute DIY idea!! I definitely want to try this, thanks for sharing. 🙂
    xoxo
    Andrea
    Wonderful and Marvelous

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  39. what you’ve done is so cute! also, one could use self-adhesive scrap-booking pearls to attach to skin down the spine.
    xx
    maya

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  40. Rita wrote:

    Always loving your DIY’S!!

    Also check mine! http://www.primandpolishedby.blogspot.com/search/label/DIY

    xx
    Rita

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  41. Linda Lind wrote:

    So cute… My favorite way to wear pearls is probably in my hair actually. Such a nice detail. 🙂

    /Linda

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  42. Really love your ideas, this is so inspiring!

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  43. Nettan wrote:

    they’re adorable x

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  44. stel wrote:

    Fantastic!!!!! simple and cute!!!

    I love yours DIY!!!!!

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  45. Brilliant DIY ever!! xoxo
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  46. So simple and looks amazing!

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  47. Beautiful!

    Collections

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  48. Shary wrote:

    Fucking amazing!

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  49. Rachel wrote:

    What a great idea for a quick project. I love wearing my hair up in high buns. This will make a fun addition to my regular look. Thanks

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  50. kristina wrote:

    these are just so delicately precious!!
    xx

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  51. Beautiful. Did you plan for the runway image and your shot background to match so seamlessly? LOVE!

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  52. Monika wrote:

    Readers want more DIY’s!!
    Beautiful, elegant, innovative. x Keep going with the bright ideas!

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  53. courtney wrote:

    awesome. i’m totally doing this!

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  54. Grietje wrote:

    Really nice! Love all your projects!

    Check out my DIY at http://secondagenda.be

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  55. Erin Kate wrote:

    I can’t see it! 🙁 For some reason the whole site is just loading as text for me, no pictures or layout.

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  56. Bea wrote:

    so cute!!!!!!!!!
    in love with them!!!!
    Bea

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  57. sophie wrote:

    absolutely divine – totally trying this for myself!! I’m always in love with everything on this blog!
    http://theglamourati.wordpress.com/

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  58. Amy wrote:

    absolute genious, thanks for sharing, super idea! xx

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  59. Julianne wrote:

    I agree, the pearl detail in the Chanel SS are quite beautiful. Karl is really awe inspiring. Thanks for the DIY!

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  60. Vanessa wrote:

    I love this idea! I can’t wait to give it a try!!

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  61. That is superawesome. Love this DIY!

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  62. Miss S wrote:

    WOWOW!!!! loves these I must try making them… Love the look 🙂

    ShoeSales.com.au

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  63. Aly wrote:

    Having a tough time at my local Hobby Lobby (aka craft store) finding half-drilled pearls. There was 2 rows of jewelry supplies and lots of pearls, but nothing half-drilled. Thoughts?

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  64. Courteney wrote:

    That’s so lovely! I will definitely have to try. I’m a pearl sort of girl. 😉

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  65. Plami wrote:

    Gorgoeus! What an amazing idea! I am definitely going to make some!

    XoXo
    Plami

    http://www.fashionthrill.com/

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  66. Gigi wrote:

    Absolutely have to do these

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  67. Fyn wrote:

    Gorgeous. Must try this!!
    I love all your DIYs!!

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  68. This is so nice. Pearls are classic accessories that gives a glamorous effect. thanks for sharing this!

    Annabella MErlin

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  69. gabriela wrote:

    I loved that site, but they loved d +

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  70. delphine wrote:

    I’m gonna try this one out for sure !

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  71. vanessa wrote:

    this is so cute! I would want to do this as well!

    Vanessa

    http://thepinkmateproject.blogspot.com/

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  72. corina wrote:

    loved it, it was amazing i will encourage a friend to use pearls at her chanel counter event, coming very soon.

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  73. Roberta wrote:

    Great idea! lovely!

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  74. Eliza wrote:

    very cute and simple

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  75. Summer wrote:

    Am I looking at this correctly — they are glued to the girl’s spine vertebraes?

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  76. Asiek =} wrote:

    Super pomysł, świetnie to wygląda! =D
    Pozdrawiam cieplutko z Polski =}

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  77. Grace wrote:

    Ah! omg those are gorgeous. Just found the site and love it.

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  78. sophia wrote:

    But how did you stick the wire into the pearl? was it a pearl bead?

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  79. Li ChunBo wrote:

    Great little adornment with a simple hair pin. Can easily use other beads of different colors to highlight any outfit, and not just be restricted to pearls.

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  80. Trina wrote:

    Love hair jewelry, but the stuff I want is so expensive and the rest is so commonplace. These are, as Li ChunBo said, easily customized. Fantastic.

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  81. Jade wrote:

    OR. you could just slide the bead onto the bobby pin, no wire involved.. BLEH

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  82. What a simple and beautiful idea! I love it!

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  83. fanvian wrote:

    I love this to the max!!

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  84. Viola wrote:

    My sister keeps on telling me about DIY stuff in this site.
    Good thing I listened because my brain is rushing with new ideas for the new items in my closet and drawers.Thanks!

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  85. SO beautiful

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  86. eunok wrote:

    wow!! very very cute♥♥

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  87. VIANETTE wrote:

    J’adore cette nouvelle façon de porter des perles. Merci pour le partage.
    A bientôt
    VIANETTE.

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  88. I made these a while ago and I keep getting compliments on them everytime I wear them out!

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  89. Kisty wrote:

    Awesome tutorial! And I love how detailed the photos are! 🙂

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  90. Melanie wrote:

    I made these & sold them by the bucket load at the salon I worked in 2 summers ago. We called them Mermaid Pins & after I featured them in a bridal up do, I could barely make enough to meet demand during prom season.

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  91. Eproc Bell wrote:

    Can’t wait to see my niece wear them on her wedding day 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

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  92. KTZ Shoes wrote:

    Nice hair pins, white one is looking stunning and definitely suit in my hairs too 🙂

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  93. ooohhh!!! I love it!! ^_^

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  94. amy lee wrote:

    the biggest selection of glass pearls I found at http://Beadingsupplys.com

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  95. Kimi wrote:

    too cute and classy. 😀 omg omg I’m gonna try this.

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