If you’ve got what feels like millions of bobby pins, here’s how to put them to good use in every area of your life.
I love bobby pins, don’t get me wrong, but I only use about four in my hair at any given time, leaving the other 3,000 that came in the package to do nothing but collect dust. Luckily, they’re a surprisingly handy tool to have around when you’ve already got your pretty on.
Here are 23 unusual (and super useful) ways to use bobby pins:
- Use as a dotting tool for nail art.
- Clip onto the end of a nail to hold it in place while you hammer it into the wall. No more bruised digits!
- Use every last drop of toothpaste by clipping a bobby pin onto the end of your toothpaste tube and sliding it toward the lid.
- Use as a chip clip.
- Make your own bib necklace.
- Use as a bookmark.
- Pit cherries and olives.
- Clip a bobby pin to your clear tape when you’re done using it so you don’t lose the end.
- Use one to tear open those annoying plastic seals on your food.
- In a pinch, use one as a toothpick.
- Use to press those teeny tiny reset buttons on your electronics. (Whose bright idea were these tiny buttons anyway?)
- Pick a lock.
- Attach notes to your gifts by clipping them to the ribbon with a bedazzled bobby pin.
- Hold your electronic wires in place so they don’t get tangled.
- Poke open air-sealed food bags/wrappers.
- Clean up the edges of freshly painted fingernails.
- Pin your bra straps in place, or any other awkward wardrobe malfunctions.
- Use bobby pins to dislodge hair from a clogged drain (gross, but useful).
- Make your BFF a Valentine’s Day card.
- Use as a temp zipper should yours break when you’re out and about.
- Use as Christmas ornament hangers.
- Make colorful barrettes by painting bobby pins with nail polish.
- Design your own earrings.
What are your favorite uses for bobby pins?
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