When you want a fancy looking hair comb and you can't find one that's both affordable and pretty - what do you do? I've had this dilemma and was toying with the idea of making my own using storebought or eBay-bought rhinestone embellishments, but when I came across the pretty rings in one of the photos below, I decided to make my own using them - they were very affordable too! This rhinestone hair comb set just cost me under $2 in supplies to make.
- Cocktail Rings
- Tin snips
- Wire cutter
- Plastic hair comb
- E6000 glue
There's a store in NYC that sells cheap cocktail rings for $1 for 10 pieces, and this is what I got - plus more. Yep - that's $0.10 per piece! I'm planning to buy more to use for other purposes as well. They're adjustable but some are bigger than others, but I didn't really care about the sizes as I planned to destroy them anyway.
Most of the ones I've gotten have bases that are easy to separate - the metal is pretty malleable - just bend with slight pressure in the direction perpendicular to the ring base.
If yours doesn't snap off that way, it may be easier to use a pair of tin snips to dislocate the rhinestone embellishment from the ring base.
Using a wire cutter, trim off the excess metal that juts out from the ring embellishment (if there is any).
Don't forget to save those ring bases! You can always use them for future projects.
If you have a longer/wider plastic hair comb, trim it in half using a wire cutter. I actually opted for this instead of a metal hair comb as the black blends in with my hair more.
I also cut the end to produce a more symmetrical-looking hair comb.
Now all that's left to do is to glue down your ring embellishment onto the top of the hair comb - this is easily done by using E6000 glue and leaving it to dry. Alternatively, you can attach the embellishments by wrapping the embellishment onto the hair comb with a piece of wire (in the same color as your embellishment).
And that's it! Easy peasy - this project couldn't have taken more than 10 minutes to make (minus the drying time of the glue, of course).
These are dressy enough for use in weddings, formal parties and other occasions, but also simple enough for (almost) everyday use.