Starfish Hairpin

First off, I have to apologize for disappearing on you guys for half a month (yikes, was it really that long?  Sorry…)  My family had a bit of a crisis, but thank God everyone is healthy and happy once again.  I was constantly thinking about getting back to my readers during my absence.  But day after day was continually filled with chaos, and I never got the chance.

I hated leaving you for so long.  But imagine my delighted surprise when I (finally) got the chance to log back on, only to see comments and followers galore.

Wow…  *Tear*

Thanks you guys… I totally needed that.  =}  Your support buoys my spirits more than you know.  Ok, let’s get on with the tutorial before I start blubbering over my keyboard.  I could just see myself shorting out my laptop.  No bueno.

Anyone who knew me as child would tell you that growing up, I was convinced that I was Ariel from Disney’s “The Little Mermaid”.  My mom was a model back in the day, and it definitely didn’t help with my delusion imagination when she had a professional mermaid costume created just for me.  There was even a phase where I refused to enter the bathtub unless I was allowed to wear my rubber flippers so I could flop around like a mermaid while bathing (Dear God, please refrain from repeating that particular behavior with my daughter).

Needless to say, I have carried that same obsession love for mermaids into adulthood. As I recently looked upon a lovely mermaid sculpted by a local artist, I was instantly excited.  The artist had created the look of a mermaid swimming under water, her fins in motion and her flowing hair held away from her face by a craggy starfish.  I was instantly in love.

The idea kept whirling in my mind like that gorgeous mermaid.  Could one use a real starfish as some sort of beautiful beachy hairpin?  Or was that too ridiculous an accessory, even for someone as crazy adventurous as me?

Well, then life happened, and it wasn’t so much fun.  In fact, it was downright messy, and after it all I could totally care less what was ridiculous and what was expected – I just wanted to let loose and smile.  So I decided to give myself “Mermaid Hair” (which is just pure awesomeness in my not so humble opinion).  And thus, the Starfish Hairpin was born.

Bonus: it’s so easy, even a caveman can do it.  =}

Here’s what you need:

Easy enough.  If you live in a place where starfish may be difficult to attain, try Michael’s, JoAnn’s, or another large craft chain.  I’ve found that they usually have a small shell section that includes different size starfish for under $3 or $4.

step 1: Cut two felt circles that fit on the middle backside of the starfish, and hot glue one down.

step 2: Try to find two arms of the starfish that are as close to straight across as possible, and lay your bobby pin down.

step 3: Slip the second felt circle through the bobby pin.  Before gluing, lay the bobby pin and felt circle down once more to line up the edges of the two circles.  Once you have everything lined up so that nothing sticks out or shows when your starfish is flipped over, you can hot glue it all together.

step 4: This step is completely optional.  I embellished my starfish a bit, but leaving the starfish in it’s plain, natural beauty is lovely, as well.

And there you have it.  I’m totally in luuuve, so much so that I don’t even care if I look like the nerdy, mermaid-obsessed dork that I am.  Hmmm… I’m having a vision of tacky bumper stickers: “Dorky, mermaid-obsessed, and proud of it!”  Ha.

Yeah, I’m definitely happy with this one.  Beachy quirkiness at it’s finest.  ^_^  Oh, and in case you’re wondering, the pin is very light.  I reinforced my hair style with two other bobby pins before putting my starfish on.  It stayed on my head without issue until 1am, whereupon it got caught on my netted cardigan when I forgot it was in my hair while I was putting on my PJ’s.

Anyways, I’d love to hear what you think.  Thanks again for sticking with me, everyone.  I really love my readers!!  Because I was gone for so long, I’m getting all caught up on my creative endeavors, so come back and see my again soon to get your beach fix.  ^_-

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41 Responses to Starfish Hairpin

  1. Mimi says:

    I have always loved Starfish – and your Starfish Hairpin is wonderful!

  2. That is soo cute :) Thanks for sharing at Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays.

  3. btanders says:

    Cute! Does this get kind of heavy in your hair? My kids would love me to makes one of these, but I don’t know if it would stay in their hair.

    • Nicole says:

      No, it wasn’t heavy at all. I completed my hairstyle and reinforced it with two or three additional bobby pins, so that it was held in place really well. Then when I put the starfish in place, it didn’t move at all. In fact, I completely forgot I had in in my hair until I was undressing at 1am to put my jammies on!! ^_^

  4. Babs says:

    Nicole, Oh my! That is so pretty. I can see a lot of other ways to use your starfish hairpin too. It would be cute on a beach tote or napkin rings. I especially like the way you embellished it.
    Very pretty and sooo beachy. :)

    • Nicole says:

      Oooo!! Great ideas, Babs!! I actually have it sitting on my mantle, but I know I’m going to try that napkin ring idea for sure. ^_^ Thank you for your kind comments!!

  5. First, I hope everything is okay with you and your family. Sending you a hug. Second, Aren’t you the cutest thing ever?! Love the starfish hairpin. Love the one that is decorated. Great idea and very inspiring. Glad I found your blog, it’s so fun.

    • Nicole says:

      Thanks for the hug, Valerie… =} It’s been a roller coaster lately, but we’re holding up ok. I know this sounds cliche, but it could be so much worse. At least we have each other, and we’re all healthy and happy – I thank God for that on a daily basis. And thank you so much for the kind words. I’m thrilled that you like my blog (because I adore yours, too!!) ^_^

  6. Jamie says:

    Hey I’m a new follower from Sunday Scoop. I LOVE this starfish! I don’t know if I’m mermaid obsessed (although I do love mermaids), but I AM slightly obsessed with the beach, sea shells and starfish. And Crafts. So this was an amazing post!

    For Love of Cupcakes

    • Nicole says:

      Thanks Jamie!! ^_^ I have to admit, the addiction started the first time I watched, “Part of Your World”, and hasn’t left me since. I’ve scaled back on mermaid decor (although still have my collections from when I was a kid – never had the heart to toss it). But I do find a way to incorporate them into my life here and there. ^_- Thanks for the sweet comments!!

  7. I’m so grateful that you linked up in this week’s Creative Bloggers’ Party & Hop :) This awesome post totally rocked the party!

  8. Macy says:

    How beautiful! I hope you will link up to the Tuesday Confessional link party starting tonight at 8pm MST. I’m co-hosting with A Reason to Skip the Housework, so your post will be seen on BOTH blogs!
    I hope to see you soon!

    • Nicole says:

      Thank you so much, Macy!! With two such amazing bloggers holding this week’s linky party, you know I’ll be there!! ^_- Thanks again for your kind words.

  9. I saw this on the Making Mon. Marvelous party and had to come to see if you used a real starfish. It is very, very pretty! With such a creative idea, I bet you get compliments each time you wear it. Thanks for showing us how to make our own hairpin.

  10. Karima says:

    Hi from your newest follower, saw you on link party, now following you through google and facebook. Karima x
    Great tutorial, thanks for sharing.

  11. PJ says:

    What an original idea! Very, very pretty! I’m your newest follower; found you via Kim.

  12. Lydia says:

    Just yesterday I said that I was a mermaid at the beach and a fairy in the mountains. I live at the beach and constantly have an overload of shells and such, my friends think I am obsessed (which I guess I am). I absolutely LOVE love love this diy :)

    • Nicole says:

      I’m so excited to see I’m not the only one. ^_^ The magic of the beach (and the mountains for that matter) is thoroughly unappreciated by those oblivious muggles (although your boy toy is a handsome one!!) ^_- Thank you for the kind words, and I can’t wait to share our love of the beach for a long time to come.

  13. Lydia says:

    Also! I did a photo post dedicated to my love of the beach, I am linking back to you because this post inspired me :)

  14. Caron White says:

    Hi! Nice to meet another beach girl. Discovered your blog at “ABeachCottage” – come on over and check out our giveaway at Everything Coastal, we’re giving away a pretty sea turtle pillow.

    Am a new follower!

    • Nicole says:

      Thanks Caron!! What a gorgeous pillow!! I’m actually recovering a pillow as one of my next tutorials. In the meantime I’ll just drool over yours and keep keep my fingers crossed that I’m the winner!! ^_^ Thanks for following and I hope to see you soon.

  15. This is beautiful! Beachy, simple and elegant.. fantastic job! I am your newest follower and can’t wait to see what beachy item you create next!

  16. BeColorful says:

    Very fun. A nice diversion from the flowers I have been seeing. Again, thank you for linking up your project to Motivated Monday at BeColorful.

    • Nicole says:

      Thank you!! It’s fun to wear, as like you mentioned, it’s a unique twist on all the other beautiful hair accessories out there. Thank you again!! ^_^

  17. Judi says:

    The lovely picture of you wearing the starfish is not dorky at all. It looks so pretty…and so original. You did a great job. WEar it proudly little mermaid..*s*..
    have a great day

    • Nicole says:

      Awwww, thanks Judi!! ^_^ Your kind comment made me blush so much that my three-year-old (who’s currently painting right next to me) just said, “Mom, you sunburn!” lol. =} Thank you again, and I hope to see you soon.

  18. Nichole F. says:

    What a beautiful hairpiece! Not only do we share the same name, but I too as a kid LOVED The Little Mermaid! I refused to go to school unless I had on my Ariel sandals (yes, even in the winter). Good job on the blog!

    • Nicole says:

      Awww, thanks Nichole!! It feels good to connect with a kindred spirit… ^_^ I miss those days of carrying Ariel lunchboxes, drinking from Ariel thermoses (the ones that twisted and the straw popped up), and ESPECIALLY wearing Ariel sandals!! ^_-

  19. Brittany says:

    I love this idea, I may have to make one for my wedding. I was wondering where you found the piece of coral from..? I work at Michael’s and we have everything else there except the piece of coral.

  20. Rebecca C. says:

    Dear Nicole;

    What an extraordinary idea you did with your hairpin. My, how beautiful it turned out and how it looked on you. Such simplicity to everything you do….I think it’s so awesome. Your a genius when it comes to crafts and such. Keep up the great work dear!! Will be looking forward to what comes next.

  21. Lychee says:

    Not going to lie. Something a bit creepy about pinning the skeleton of a dead sea critter to your head.

    Good work, but pass.

    • Nicole says:

      Huh. Well, I’m surprised you took the time to come all the way to my website and tell me that. But its your time to waste, lol. Thanks anyway for the comment.

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