Whenever I put my hair in a simple twisted updo, I end up using a pen or pencil to hold it in place since my hair is too thick to be supported by just hair pins or clips. Unfortunately, sticking a pencil in my hair often ruins the look I’m going for:
Today I was feeling crafty (and had sushi for dinner) so I decided to make my own hair chopsticks! Don’t worry – I didn’t eat with them!
- A Pair of Chopsticks (I used grocery store ones, but would probably recommend slightly better ones, since the rough edges of my cheap pair snag a little).
- 10 to 30 Beads, depending on their size
- Matching embroidery thread
- A Large Sewing Needle (big enough to be easy to work with, but small enough to fit through the holes in the beads).
- Cut a piece of embroidery thread about three times as long as you want hanging from the edge of the chopstick. I think mine was about 10 inches, and the length I beaded was about 3″.
- Tie it onto the sewing needle. I had to wrap the end in tape to get it through the eye of the needle. Take the end of your string that isn’t attached to the needle, and create a large knot, larger than the hole in your beads.
- Add beads to the thread, like so:
- When you have the desired amount of beads, cut the needle from the end of the thread, and tie a few knots where the beads end. You should have several inches of string remaining.
- Grab some craft glue, and apply it to the last 1.5″ of the chop stick.
- Tie the beads to the chopstick with the excess thread, making sure to position the beads exactly how you want them to fall. There will not be enough thread to full wrap the end of the chopstick, but you want to use that thread to position the beads right.
- Now grab the spool/skein and properly wrap a fresh piece of thread around the last 1.5″ of the chopstick. I wrapped the end in when I started, so I would only have to worry about gluing down the final edge. Use as much thread as you need to get a nice, even wrap, and be sure that the bead thread is secure and hidden.
- Use a modest amount of craft glue to secure the end of the thread.
That’s it! Inexpensive and adorable! I think I spent $4 on the beads and 39 cents on the embroidery thread, but I only used like 1/100th of the beads and less than half of the thread. The chopsticks were free, and I had the rest of the supplies sitting around my house!
Here it is in action – and yes my hair is crazy frizzy.