How to Make Hijab Pins

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How to Make Hijab Pins
Hijab scarf (Muslim woman image by from

Hijab is a term used to describe the practice of dressing modestly. Part of this style of dress includes a headscarf that covers the hair of a woman. In order to hold the headscarf in place a variety of pins are used and these are called hijab pins. The pin is woven through the fabric of the headscarf and hair to hold the scarf in place. The pin may be decorated to suit the taste of the woman and many types of inventive designs are used to transform plain hair pins into attractive hijab pins.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Hair clips
  • Crimp bead
  • Crimping plier
  • Jewellery wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Beads
  • Head pins
  • Rose charms
  • Jump rings
  • Needle-nose pliers

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  1. 1

    Select a hair clip. This is a type of hair pin that is usually bronze-coloured with one flat side and one wavy side. Each hair clip is about 2 inches long with a tight loop where the two sides bend together. Slide a crimping bead onto the straight side of the hair clip and around the loop. Crimp the bead in place using crimping pliers (this should be as far around the loop as you can go).

  2. 2

    Cut jewellery wire 3 inches long with wire cutters. Slide beads onto the wire in the order and colour that you like best. Count your beads so that you end up with an even number of beads on the wire and so that your beads measure about 1 3/4 inches.

  3. 3

    Line your wire up along the flat side of the hair clip so that the beads are centred on the wire. Wrap one end of your wire around the loop end of the hair clip and wrap the other about 1/8 inch back from the flat end of your pin.

  4. 4

    Point the jewellery wire that is at your looped end back toward the centre. Count four beads. Tuck them tight toward the loop and twist your jewellery wire between the beads and around the pin. Count four more beads, twist and wrap again. Do this until you are out of wire on that side.

  5. 5

    Take the jewellery wire that is at the flat end of the hair clip and point it toward the looped end (centre). Count four beads, twist and wrap just like you did earlier. Continue and tuck the ends of your wire so that they don't poke out.

  6. 6

    Slide beads onto a head pin. A head pin has a flat end and a wire. Thread the wire end of the head pin through the loop on the back of a rose charm. Bend the wire to form a tight circle. Cut the wire and use your needle-nose pliers to make sure the loop is tight. Add additional head pins if you want to.

  7. 7

    Open a jump ring with your needle-nose pliers. Slide the end through the loop in the rose charm and through the loop on the hair clip end. Close the jump ring with your pliers.

Tips and warnings

  • This creates a hair clip hijab pin with beads along its length, with a small rose charm and one or more dangling bead drops.

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