How to Store Bobby Pins

Three Methods:Making a Magnetized StripMaking a Magnetized Pin DishRepurposing a Candy Container

Bobby pins are useful for the hair stylist at home or work but how easy they are to drop and lose! By finding an ideal storage place for them that doubles as both a safe place and easy-to-use item will resolve the problem of having them go everywhere.

Method 1
Making a Magnetized Strip

  1. 1
    Get a scrap strip of something solid. This could be a strip of plastic, cardboard or metal. Repurpose something like an old ruler or DVD cover. The idea is to use a strip that is of a comfortable size for attaching the bobby pins too. If it is to sit inside something, such as a box for hair accessories, ensure that the strip will fit.
    • If needed, cut the item to size, to form a manageable strip
  2. 2
    Get a strip of magnet with a stick-on side. You can find these strips at any craft store or through online purchases.
  3. 3
    Attach the magnet strip to the strip of cardboard, plastic or metal that you chose earlier. Ensure that it is sitting flat and neatly.
  4. 4
    Attach all of the bobby pins to the magnet. Now the bobby pins have a permanent home and won't fall off anywhere. These can be stored wherever you like, although the following step has a cool trick to make it really easy to find and use the bobby pins regularly.
  5. 5
    Attach to the wall. If you like, you could even attach the whole strip to the wall or a door of a cabinet using tape/double sided sticky tape. This would make it easy to grab the bobby pins while you work on hair at the mirror over the vanity, at a dresser or in a salon.

Method 2
Making a Magnetized Pin Dish

  1. 1
    Select a suitable pin dish. While this could be a new one, it might be more fun to rummage through a few antique stores or flea markets to find a vintage one with a lovely design on it. Just be sure that whatever you use, you're happy to glue magnets onto it.
  2. 2
    Glue two little magnets on the underside of the dish. Glue one each side of the little pin dish. Use glue suited to ceramics. Allow to fully dry.
  3. 3
    Add the bobby pins to the magnetized pin dish. You'll find that the bobby pins gravitate to the magnet areas, forming pretty patterns. When you tip the dish upside down or accidentally knock it, the bobby pins will stay intact.

Method 3
Repurposing a Candy Container

  1. 1
    Find a suitable container that is small but long enough to contain the bobby pins. Tic tac containers are ideal, as are some lozenge containers. The container must have a lid, to keep the bobby pins neatly.
  2. 2
    Remove any labels from the candy container. Clean the container and allow to fully dry.
  3. 3
    Fill the container with the bobby pins. If wished, you can also add a label.
  4. 4
    Keep with your other hair care preparation items.


  • Other suitable containers include cotton earbud containers and pill containers.
  • If you don't want to make anything, just purchase a magnetized pin holder. The bobby pins will adhere to that just as well as sewing pins do. Look for these in sewing and/or craft stores.

Things You'll Need

  • Strip of plastic, cardboard or metal
  • Magnetic strip
  • Pin dish
  • Little magnets
  • Candy container with lid

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