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18 Brilliant Ways to Use Bobby Pins You Never Thought Of

Use bobby pins to clasp a bracelet, iron pleats, fix flip flops, and more.

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Bobby pins fix flip flops

If the toe post on your flip flop wears through its hole, slip it back through and fasten a bobby pin around the post on the bottom of the shoe. The added width will stop the post from popping out again. Try these simple solutions to summer fashion problems.

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Bobby pins help with ironing

Slip a bobby pin onto the hem of a skirt to hold pleats into place while you iron. To shorten the skirt itself, take it to the tailorhemming pleats can get tricky. Here are quick fixes you never knew your tailor could make.

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Use bobby pins to close a bracelet

Loop a bobby pin through the clasp and hold the pin steady in your hand. Fasten the bracelet and remove the pin.

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Use bobby pins for glue

Use a bobby pin to line a pair of false eyelashes with adhesive or coat a piece of yarn with glue. These alternative uses for bananas will surprise you!

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Use bobby pins to pit fruit

Push a bobby pin into the center of a cherry or olive in order to pop the seed out on the other side.

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Use bobby pins for a fancy manicure

Dip the tip of a bobby pin into nail polish to create a polka dot or floral design. This is what your nail polish color reveals about your personality.

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Use bobby pins to hem

Slip a few bobby pins onto the bottom of a pair of pants to keep a fallen hem from dragging underfoot. You can also use the pins in lieu of straight pins or safety pins to keep two pieces of fabric together while you sew.

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Use bobby pins to keep food fresh

Keep a snack fresh by rolling down the top of its bag and pinning it with a bobby pin.

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Use bobby pins to squeeze out toothpaste

Slide a bobby pin up a tube of toothpaste in order to push every last drop out of the tube. Check out these surprising uses for toothpaste.

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Use bobby pins to decorate your Christmas tree

Loop a bobby pin through the hook of an ornament and clip it onto a branch of your tree. No one will ever know the difference!

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Use bobby pins as a money holder

Fold money in half and clip it together using a bobby pin.

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Use bobby pins as a bookmark

Keep your page by sliding a bobby pin onto the page when you finish.

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Use bobby pins to help you hammer

Stop taking chances while hammering tiny nails. Position the pin around the nail and use its two prongs to hold the nail in place while you hammer.

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Use bobby pins for a better ponytail

Insert bobby pins into the base of your ponytail vertically to give your look instant elevation.

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Use bobby pins as children’s hair accessories

Spray paint bobby pins with fun colors. For added embellishment, hot glue bows or other decorations to them. Instant (and insanely adorable) upgrade!

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Use bobby pins to open mail

Simply pop the pin through your package’s packing tape and slide it down each flap of the box.

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Use bobby pins to help thread

Slide the end of your twine or thread through a bobby pin and weave the pin through the roll to keep things in place.

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Use bobby pins to fix a drawstring back into pants

Push the end of the drawstring into a bobby pin and gently weave the string back through the waist of your pants. The pin will give you extra grip and make the job go faster.

Originally Published in Reader's Digest