How to Make Shawl Pins

by Shaunta Alburger ; Updated September 28, 2017

A pretty DIY shawl pin is a lovely accessory.

girl in shawl image by Alexander Zhiltsov from

The sort of hair stick that will hold a chignon in place can also be used to hold a shawl closed. A shawl pin is the perfect project to make, use and showcase a orphaned vintage earring.

Items you will need

  • Wooden hair stick
  • Beaded earring
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hot glue sticks
  • Pliers
  • Sandpaper
Step 1

Choose an earring that will stay intact and have a flat back surface with the hardware removed. Remove the hardware, using the pliers.

Step 2

Roughen up both the flat part of the earring and the top of the thick part of the hair stick with sandpaper. This will help the hot glue to stick.

Step 3

Glue the flat part of the earring to the top of the stick.

Step 4

Wrap a shawl around your shoulders, holding it closed across your chest. Slip the pointed end of the shawl pin through both layers and back to the front again. If the earring dangles, turn the pin so that it hangs to the front.


  • A more slender pin could be made with a chopstick cut in half.

Photo Credits

  • girl in shawl image by Alexander Zhiltsov from

About the Author

Shaunta Alburger has been a professional writer for 15 years. She's worked on staff at both major Las Vegas newspapers, as well as a rural Nevada weekly. Her first novel was published in 2014.