Creative Arts,  Fair Fashion

Handmade Hair Accessories Trend: Matching Themed Pins


I have had long hair since I was a little girl; and on those days when it looks pretty flowing down my back, I am joyous. But those days are few and far between, and the rest of the time, I wear my hair in a bun or updo on top of my head. Whatever way I wear my hair, I love to keep pretty little hair clips or pins in there somewhere; there’s a lot of it and I need to control it a bit even when it’s down. Recently, I lost my last few fave accessories (they always disappear eventually, a fact you just have to accept) and so I thought Etsy might be a good place to find some uncheesy new ones. And I found several matching themed bobby pins, which I thought were really sweet.

(Above) iluxo has a number of handmade-from-veggie-tanned-leather hair pieces, like the matching octopus and bubbles (and there are a bird and feather, and a skull and flower, both of which I also love).


This sweet set is from prettyplsmpls, and is made from vintage materials.


Made from old books pages, these pins from Bits and barley are perfect for a writer or book lover.


Made from vintage military buttons, seller aroomofyourown offers these hairpins. The metallic sheen gives a sense of history, and would complement almost any ensemble.


Flowers and an owl by ThreeBirdNest, all in almost-psychedelic colors, would look great in darker hair.

Starre Vartan is founder and editor-in-chief of and the author of the Eco-Chick Guide to Life. She's also a freelance science and environment writer who has published in National Geographic, CNN, Scientific American, Mental Floss, Pacific Standard, the NRDC, and many more. She lives on an island in Puget Sound with her partner and black cat. She was a geologist in her first career, and still picks up rocks wherever she goes.