Recycled Drawer Pull Barrettes




Take an old cabinet drawer pull with a retro or intriguing design and repurpose it for your hair.

Step 1: Materials and Tools

Cabinet drawer pulls.  (My local Habitat For Humanity store had mismatched old cabinet pulls for 10 cents a piece.)

a means for filing metal.  I'm using a tile wet saw.  That may constitute tool abuse, but most metals were once mixed in with stone, so I don't see a problem here.

Elastic hair band

Step 2: Cut and File

Wearing safety glasses and earplugs if needed:

Cut away excess length to the standoff with a saw.  Keep your fingers well away from the saw blade.

File halfway through the standoff to make notches.

Smooth down any rough edges with a file.

Wash your hands and everything afterwards to remove any little bits of metal dust.

Step 3: Attach an Elastic

Attach an elastic that fits snugly through the notches you made.

Step 4: Finis

Wear it in your hair at the hardware store and see if anyone notices what it is.   =)

Step 5: Afternote: the Failed Approach

I tried metal forming my own wire clip to secure it but I am no MrBaleng.

This was very difficult and frustrating and didn't work well.

The elastic through the notches works well enough and is much much easier.



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    14 Discussions


    7 years ago on Introduction

    I was thinking, hmm, saw off the screw-receptacle bits, adhere to a barette blank. But this way is much cooler, and when the elastic goes, it's really easy to fix. Nice!!


    7 years ago on Step 4

    Do these actually stay in your hair? I'm just... wow. Love this!!

    I bet you could also use solder to attach these to metal barrettes or clips, for small knobs or pulls. You are NOT helping my list of things to experiment with!! :D

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    Reply 7 years ago on Step 4

    hehe. Yes, some of these are heavier than normal barrettes, to be sure. But if a person had thick curly hair, no problem right? The lighter ones stay allright. I have very thin hair, so I have to wear a light one. And yes, it would work better to solder them to the barrette clips, but I wanted to be a purist. =)


    Reply 7 years ago on Step 4

    I totally get that. So many of my projects would be easier if I wasn't so darned intent on doing it all myself!


    7 years ago on Step 3

    This is so clever!! I wear things in my hair all the time, and I always see handles I love. I will be trying this.

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    foobearDr. Pepper

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Yes they are wonderful. We have two 'Builder's Bargains' in my area and I'm very happy about that..