Handmade Hair Pins

I’m at it again. Playing with sticks. Whittling and carving. 

I have been intruiged with hair pins lately. Until a few months ago, I had no idea how women held their hair up with a hair pin. I mean, how is it possible that a single stick will hold a whole head of hair in a twisted updo? Well, obviously, easy. I was amazed when I gave it a try. I have been in favor of this type of hair pin ever since. 

Since Covid took half of my hair, I have had to be careful at how I put my hair up. I do not want to use anything that can be damaging. I stopped using stretchy bands and now only use hair pins or claw clips to keep from damaging the little bit of hair I have left. In case you missed it, you can read about my Covid hair loss HERE
After 3 months and losing 50% of my hair, It finally stopped falling out. Now it is in the regrowth phase. I use special shampoo and oil to help with the process. 

I got this fancy idea to make my own hair pins so I had my husband gather me a few sticks during his morning walk. He didn’t ask, He just knows when I gather little pieces of nature, I have a craft idea. 

I picked through them and found some that would be perfect. So the carving and sanding began.

Being a minimalist, I like to keep things simple. I do not like a lot color and I love things that come natural. Nature is full of things we can use in everyday life. I think I could seriously live in a tee pee, and eat berries for a living. Haha. 

After I carved the sticks to the size and shape I needed, I continued peeling away the bark to reveal the raw wood. Then I sanded them smooth and gave them a thin spray of clear coat. 

I gave one a burnt design with my wood burner. One has a silver painted tip and one I left alone because I thought it was just so darn cute with the “Y” shape at the top. Each one comes out different and has its own unique shape and color. 


I had to try them out and love how fun they are. (Girls, these can be used in self defense also) . They are approximately 6 inches long and made of Wonder wood (Wonder what kind it is). Haha. Seriously though, I think they are from an oak or maple tree. 

I plan to make some more and maybe even try to sell them. I’m just not sure this old fashion technique will ever be popular again. But who knows, there could be someone out there that would love to have a piece of nature to wear in their hair. 

What do you think?
Do you wear your hair up with hair pins?


  1. Great job. You are creative and talented.
    Looks like your hair has grown back and looks beautiful.
    No, my hair is too short to wear up.

    1. It just stopped falling out this month. Not seeing much regrowth yet. I just had thick hair. Its so thin now.

  2. You are one creative lady. That looks neat. Amazing doing that with a stick!! LOL Of course I would be happy just to have hair. LOL
    Love you lady, Hugs to Saint Nick and Best wishes for Christmas.. Stay WARM.
    Sherry & jacki

  3. I love them! And your hair still looks great ;) I have never worn hair sticks as my hair is fine but I have been known to twist it up and use a pencil in a pinch!

  4. Amazing the things you make! These are beautiful and so useful. I may have to do this too my hair has thinned a lot too. I'm glad you have some regrowth.
    Thanks for the idea creative lady! xoxo Dolly

  5. I love those, Lisa. You look great and looks like you have regained a lot of hair. I lost a lot of hair, too! It is growing back but sticks out all over where the new short hair is....lol...I'll take it and hope it will eventually tame down! xo Diana

  6. Your hair is beautiful! Hair envy here!

    1. Thank you. I can hide the thin spots pretty well. Haha.