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How to Make Gothic Spider Hair Spikes - Upcycle Chic Demo

Updated on October 15, 2014

DIY Gothic spider hair sticks

Hand made scary hair spikes from upcycled materials
Hand made scary hair spikes from upcycled materials

Chopsticks are for more than just eating.

Not only can they make awesome hair pieces and of course, help us gobble up goodies, but they also can be effective weapons. Not to mention the fact that the wooden ones could dust a vampire. They are really most useful creations.

Do you ever want something a little different? Let's do DIY with an edge.

This article will show you how to make the rather Gothic looking spider hair sticks in the picture. Halloween is coming up really fast this year.

I was thinking about making something kind of spooky for the season while dusting the DVD shelf.

By chance, I picked up my copy of Memoirs of a Geisha and got hit with the strangest idea.

I do that. Do you?

The idea of making Japanese inspired hair pieces with a spooky vibe spawned in the old noodle.

They came out scary. That's for sure.

One of my favorite things about this project is that it used some of the chopsticks I have laying around that serve no purpose. I suck at using them but love Chinese food.

They stack up. Finally, I now have a use for them.

Let's give it a gander and see just how these spiders got hatched.

Scary spider on a pretty hand fan hair piece.

The hand fan and spider parts of the hair spikes
The hand fan and spider parts of the hair spikes

Spider, web and smaller spider hanging from chain on hair stick.

Gothic spider hair spikes in use
Gothic spider hair spikes in use

The tools needed to make scary spider hair sticks:

Drill

Glue gun

Toothpick

Scissors

This is a very simple project that takes no skill and not much time.

Kids ages seven and up could easily do this project. The directions provided here will cover these specific spider sticks but the instructions could be applied to anything thought up.

One could substitute pumpkins, ghosts, witches, fairies what have you, easily.

Personally, I like this as a group project because of the affordability factor. One could easily substitute skewers for the chopsticks. Wooden skewers come in a package of one hundred for less than a dollar.

The spiders used also come in packages containing multiples stretching the crafty type dollars. Lastly, the tiny little stickers used for the eyes come in packs containing hundreds for pennies per sticker.

For classes, parties, group gatherings and such, this would be a fast, fun project resulting in usable stuff along with the smiles.


Round sticks have to be drilled but flat ones could be punctured with a tack.

Basic materials needed for hair spikes project
Basic materials needed for hair spikes project

Let's do the hardest part first.

The first step is to drill the little holes through the tops of the chopsticks. One could avoid this step by using flat chopsticks. Just push a pin or tack through the flat ones and you are good to go. These are the round ones.

If doing this with groups or children, drill the holes in advance.

Measure down half an inch on each stick. Make a mark using a pencil. Carefully, with a very small drill bit, drill the hole through the center of each stick.

Hair sticks are the only way to wear spiders for the spooky.

Both finished themed hair spikes. Plastic doesn't bite!
Both finished themed hair spikes. Plastic doesn't bite! | Source

The materials needed:

  • Chopsticks
  • Ribbon and netting
  • Paper
  • Web earrings
  • Plastic spider
  • One gem
  • Two pony beads
  • Mod Podge, glitter (optional)

First up after putting the holes in the sticks is to cover and carry.

Cover the table you, the kids or the group will be working on to make clean up easy when done. Old newspaper, towels, whiteboard, whatever will work well for this.

Carry over all your supplies from where ever they are hiding. If you are anything like me, chances are high you're going to change the plan at some point so more is better. Just stick to a few colors and a theme.


The basic components of the hair sticks

What you need to make these hair spikes
What you need to make these hair spikes

Cheap craft paint and Mod Podge make for a quick, sleek look

Covering the spike part
Covering the spike part

Paint the sticks

I painted these with a simple acrylic, grey, craft paint. You could cover them in glitter, ribbon, fabric, many things. Just be sure that whatever you decide on will be flat after being sealed.

No one wants a hair stick that catches in their hair. That leads to breakage, highly undesirable.

Once painted, be careful where you rest them for they may stick to the surface. I reuse plastic food container lids for the paint. The wet sticks sit atop the rims nicely and can be rotated every minute or two until dry to keep from sticking.

These took two coats.

Do you need some chopsticks for this project?

1 X Green Label Bamboo Disposiable Chopsticks 30-pairs Pack
1 X Green Label Bamboo Disposiable Chopsticks 30-pairs Pack

I like these for several reasons. First, they are made of bamboo which is a very environmentally friendly product. Next up, packages containing so many pairs allow for great group crafting fun. Lastly, these are plain wood allowing for easy embellishment.

 

Simple folded paper fan tops the spider stick

How to make the hand fan part of the spikes
How to make the hand fan part of the spikes

How to make the fan.

This is so simple. It's like being a kid again. Remember on those hot days when you folded paper into a fan? We are going to do the exact same thing here.

I used a sheet of decorated paper out of a book of coordinated, thicker scrapbook paper. Ironically, it came with two sheets of really thin, almost vellum type paper in the front. This was one of them. I really liked the somewhat opaque quality.

Cut the paper to a bit taller than the spider but leave it the full width. Fold the paper using roughly half inch creases flipping it over each time you make a fold. Crease it really well.


Hand fan trimmed in black fishnet and ruffles for top of Gothic spider hair stick

Finished hand fan component of project
Finished hand fan component of project

To finish up the fan, we use ribbon, glue and a gemstone.

Once the hand fan is folded, gather the bottom and secure it with ribbon. I used a hot glue gun to do this but it could be just as easily done with beading wire, pronged studs or even a stapler.

A gem stud was glued front and center over the ribbon at the bottom.

To each end on the sides was glued down a piece of black velvet ribbon that matches that around the bottom. Under the velvet ribbon, on the bottom of the fan is a piece of black ruffle ribbon with fish net.


How to keep the fan open.

The fan is naturally going to want to close too much to look good. To keep it more open wide so as to frame our spider better, simply use a bead of hot glue to affix it to itself on the side.

Be careful not to pull too much at once or the paper may tear on the crease.

Connecting the parts to the hair spikes
Connecting the parts to the hair spikes

Perfect spider earrings for this project

How to make the hanging spider and webbing on hair sticks.

You could hand string a spider or web or whatever you wanted with beading or floral wire.

I didn't have that kind of patience, so used a cheat.

These are a pair of super cheap Halloween themed earrings picked up at Wal-Mart.

All you do is thread the back of the earring through the hole drilled in the chopstick, just like you were putting it on.

Push a pony bead over the top. Wrap the earring back wire around the stick and voila, done.

Using the hot glue gun, attach the plastic spider and glue the whole thing to the stick itself.

It doesn't get much faster or easier.

The spider's eyes are nail art stickers

Trick for making the eyes on spiders for hair spikes
Trick for making the eyes on spiders for hair spikes | Source

How easy is it?

5 stars for Gothic spider hair sticks

How to do the finishing touches.

The fan was super soaked in spay on hairspray then given a sprinkling of silver, red and purple glitter, mostly silver.

The netting at the bottom was snipped here and there to give it a somewhat frayed affect.

Nail art rhinestone dots and stars were added to the spiders for eyes.

The entire thing minus the spiders was given a good coat of Mod Podge and let dry.

Make a wish, give it a little dry time and before you can eat a brownie, one Gothic spider set of hair sticks via crafty goodness.

How about a few tips and tricks for chop sticks hair dos?

Four Simple Chopstick Hairstyles was created by Evelina and is curated content from Youtube.

The creepy and crawly come out this time of year.

What do you think is the scariest creepy crawly critter?

See results

Spooky up your do for the scary season too.

Source
Scary and cute spider hair spike in use
Scary and cute spider hair spike in use

All of the images found here are my own photographs taken while making the project shown.

The spider on this hair stick has stars in his eyes.

Close up of the spider on the spike
Close up of the spider on the spike

© 2014 Rhonda Lytle

What are you thinking about doing for the spooky season?

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    • Rhonda Lytle profile imageAUTHOR

      Rhonda Lytle 

      3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      ~ Lionrhod - Oh, I would love to see those! Skewers are really cool for this I think because not only are they cheaper if buying but longer too allowing for more fun stuff. Thank you for the kind words and enjoy the new hair accessories :). God bless you and yours and may all your projects work out well.

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      Lionrhod 

      3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I didn't hsve chopsticks available so I turned a pair of wooden cooking skewers into hair pieces and covered them with paint, cord and sequins. Thsnks for the inspiration.

    • Rhonda Lytle profile imageAUTHOR

      Rhonda Lytle 

      3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      ~ augusfanani - Thank you very much. It was fun to do. I've done a few since without the scary theme because I love how fast I can whip out a good looking set. Oh! I have to go check out those spiders. I'm trying to figure out how to do one now with only natural materials and somewhat stumped. Hopefully, I'll get some new ideas. God bless and most happy projects!

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      agusfanani 

      3 years ago from Indonesia

      This is a very interesting project, I can see the result looks natural like a real spider. I also wrote a DIY how to make a spider in one of my posts and I think I should try your methods too.

    • Rhonda Lytle profile imageAUTHOR

      Rhonda Lytle 

      3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      ~ mySuccess8 - Thank you. I just found out about it tonight. :) It made me smile. God bless and most happy crafting projects.

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      mySuccess8 

      3 years ago

      Great innovative DIY ideas, well-explained, making them simple to produce. Congrats on HotD!

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      Rhonda Lytle 

      3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      ~ ecogranny - Thank you :). It was a fun project. I wish I had some tiny skulls. I think they would be cool too but I haven't found any yet. I wonder if I could do some with clay? HM. God bless and thanks again.

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      Rhonda Lytle 

      3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      ~ rebeccamealey - Scary looking for sure! I find myself now wondering just what kind of club it would be fun to wear them to and how much too old I am to do it. Thanks bunches for the read and kind words. God bless you and may all your crafts work out great.

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      Rhonda Lytle 

      3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      ~ swilliams - Thank you very, very much. It was fun. I want to do some more of these but more traditional. I like how easy it is. God bless and most happy craft projects.

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      Rhonda Lytle 

      3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      ~ nightcats - Thank you :). I want to do another fan, like a real Japanese folding fan but have not exactly figured out how to make the sides where it can snap open or shut. Project! God bless.

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      Rhonda Lytle 

      3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      ~ Lionrhod - I like them as long as they are fake :). It's really fast and easy. Thanks bunches, God bless and most happy Halloween!

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      Rhonda Lytle 

      3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      ~ aka-rms - Thank you very much. I have been gone all day and just signed on for the first time and saw this. Very cool after a long, long day. God bless and most happy crafting.

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      Kathryn Grace 

      3 years ago from San Francisco

      Wonderful idea! Can class it up, dress it funky, or camp it, whatever suits the fancy. Well deserved Hub of the Day. Congrats!

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Very clever and pretty scary. Good job, and congratulations!

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      swilliams 

      3 years ago

      What a talented young lady you are! This is a unique upcycle project. I like the chopstick hairstyles too. Voted up tweeted out!

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      June Campbell 

      3 years ago from North Vancouver

      Great hub. I like your fan the best.

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      Lionrhod 

      3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Very neat idea! I adore spidery things. Definitely going to try something like this for Halloween.

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      Robin S 

      3 years ago from USA

      Congratulations on the HotD award. Well deserved!

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      Rhonda Lytle 

      3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      ~ Corrinna-Johnson - Thank you so much. I hope she likes it. Isn't it weird? If I'm sitting around trying to think up a project chances are high I will get nothing but let me do something else, anything, and boom there it is. God bless!

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      Rhonda Lytle 

      3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      ~ billybuc - Thank you :) You have a great week too, my friend.

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      Corrinna Johnson 

      3 years ago from BC, Canada

      What a wonderful and creative idea for Halloween! My daughter will love this :) Inspiration for my crafts happens at the oddest moments too!

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      Bill Holland 

      3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Passing this on to my step-daughter. I'm sure she'll be thrilled and chilled with it. :) Have a great week, Rhonda!

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      Rhonda Lytle 

      3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      ~ Arachnea - Thank you so much. I should do chopsticks but find most of the time I do the same thing with pens. It's a horrible habit but one I fell into years ago. My students and husband have all laughed many times at me hunting a pen only to find I already have five holding up my hair. :) God bless and best of luck with the idea!

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      Tanya Jones 

      3 years ago from Texas USA

      Now this is clever. I can think of a similar application for this. Thanks for the idea. When I wore my hair long, I used to put it up with chop sticks.

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