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Make Your Own Statement Barrettes In 4 Steps

by BUST Magazine

Rhinestone-word barrettes are the season’s smartest accessory. But why let someone else put words in your hair? For the gal who wants to customize her drippin’ ’do, this super simple DIY will have you looking fly. 

What You’ll Need:

  • E6000 glue
  • 3″-long black bobby pins 
  • 23mm flatback rhinestone letters (we got ours from Etsy, 4 for $4.25) 


Choose a word that is four or fewer letters and purchase the flatback rhinestone letters you need (they should be at least 23mm tall) to spell it out. 

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1. Lay the first letter of the word rhinestone-side down and backward on a flat surface. Lay the second letter of the word to its left, rhinestone-side down and backward, flush and even with the first letter. Apply a small amount of E6000 glue to the center backside of each letter and let it dry for a couple of seconds so the glue sets a little.

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2. Place a bobby pin flat-side down across the glue in the center of the letters so the closed edge lines up with the right-side edge of the letter on the right. Press down firmly; let dry for 30 minutes.

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3. Then flip your bobby pin over so the letters are rhinestone-side up. Lay your remaining letters rhinestone-side down, put a small amount of glue on the center backside of each, and let dry for a couple of seconds. Press the third letter of the word, rhinestone-side up, onto the bobby pin to the right of the second letter, flush and even with the glued letters; repeat with your remaining letters. 

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4. Let dry for 72 hours. 

By Callie Watts
Photographed by Erica Génécé

This article originally appeared in the July/August 2019 print edition of BUST Magazine. Subscribe today!

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