Anthropologie Knock Off Bobby Pins Tutorial

Anthropologie Knock Off
Vintage Yo Yo Bobby Pins
{As seen on the fabulous Kojo Designs}
I originally posted this fun tutorial on Kojo Designs a while back.
During my moving interim, I thought I would revisit it with y’all.
If you’ve ever seen any of my tutorials,
then you know I love me a good knock off.
And naturally, one of my favorite sites to get ideas is Anthropologie.
I stumbled upon these beauties, and knew I wanted to try my own version.
{source: Anthropologie}
And now, for my version:

In my family, we have a Yo Yo quilt that has been passed down for 4 generations.  It is made with vintage fabric, and it makes my heart swoon.  The only problem, it has begun to tatter and fall apart. And the girls in our family have been trying to find alternate uses for the classic yo yo’s.  So I very carefully used a seam ripper to remove a handful of yo yo’s from the outer edge of my blanket–to use on this vintage project.

To make your own yo yo’s, see this tutorial.

  • Fabric Yo Yo’s
  • Bobby Pin blanks {available in jewelry section at Joann’s}
  • Buttons and/or scrap booking embellishments
  • Ribbon, tulle or any other extras you like
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun and glue

Lay out all your Yo Yo’s and start gettin’ creative as you make your button/yo yo combinations.

Grab your bobby pin base and add a drop of hot glue.
Place on the backside of a yo yo. Allow to cool.
Flip over and apply a drop of glue to the center of the front of your yo yo. Then place your button on top. Allow to cool.
Yep, it’s really that easy.

I hope you enjoyed the world’s easiest knock off project!
Happy Crafting!

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    June 18, 2011 at 2:45 am

    Awesome little hairbows, I love it! I'll have to try that one out!

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    June 18, 2011 at 2:59 am

    Love them! I love yoyos & making them! I have some different ideas pinned to do them!

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    June 18, 2011 at 3:16 am

    Love them! Going to attempt some myself! Where do you find your diamond buttons??

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    June 18, 2011 at 3:20 am

    fun! This is definitely added to my pinterest "craft to do" board!

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    June 18, 2011 at 6:06 am

    Those are AMAZING! I actually think I may be able to do that. Are you gonna sell those?

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    June 18, 2011 at 8:23 am

    I love this idea! I think I'll have to try it!

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    June 18, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    I am SO making these. Thanks for sharing.

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    June 18, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    I don't think I can become crafy enough to make these pins. They do look adorable.

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    June 20, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    super cute– I have to try this for my lil Madi!

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    The mum of all trades
    June 20, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    these are so pretty! a lovely little idea.

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    Jessica @ Barefoot by the Sea
    June 20, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    I love these and I actually think I could pull it off! Horray!

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    steph nelsen
    June 20, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    this was you!? i found this somewhere else months ago and printed the pics so i could try it at home. i am also the proud owner of a dilapidated yo yo quilt and love this idea! love that i follow your blog now too : )

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    Erin and Zane
    June 20, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    These are so cute. I love your attitude of finding a way to make something pretty for a good price. I also love me a good knock off.

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    Zsa Zsa
    June 21, 2011 at 3:13 am

    So pretty and so quick and easy to make! Thanks Ashley! 🙂

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    June 21, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    i LOVE these! i finally looked at them so many times i had to try to make them! thank you soooooo much for the inspiration!


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    The Adventures of a Blondie Mommie
    June 21, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    Oh I LOVE these! You are so incredibly talented! Where did you get all of the unique buttons?

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    June 22, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    My goodness, what a cute idea! You are so pretty, have such a pretty family, and a beautiful blog! I love reading it daily! Where can I buy the fabric yo yos so I can try the project?

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    July 19, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    I want vintage yo-yos! Cuuute! They are much cuter than anthros, honestly. I'm going to use vintage fabric to make mine and iron them down so they look like vintage yo-yos! Yay! 🙂

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    July 19, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    I was so confused at first because I thought you made the ones in the first photo and the 2nd photo was Anthro, but in reverse? Yours are SO much better than theirs! Way to go Miss Momma!!!

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    October 3, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    I love these, but I’m sad that you couldn’t keep the family heirloom intact, or were able to restore it in some way, like on pillows or something. It seems bobby pins might be too easily lost.. Yoyos are so easy to make!

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    October 18, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    What exactly is a fabric yo yo and how do you make them?

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    October 21, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Awh, these are so CHIC! I make little hair clips and headbands for babies for the Irish market but these are super pretty! x

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    these are so cool. great idea.

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    November 1, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Yours are cuter than the original!

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    January 29, 2013 at 4:07 am

    OH SO CUTE!!!! So clever of you!!! Thanks for sharing!!! 🙂

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    Ok, I’m new to this , what is a yo yo ?

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    Uh…. your “knock-offs” ARE WAY cuter than the originals!

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