Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Halloween spider headband with Bowdabra mini bow maker

I must admit that spiders and I don’t usually get along.  On Halloween, however, spiders are fun.  Especially when they have wiggle eyes and sit adorably on top of a hairband.  And if you choose to not wear an entire costume at your office or workplace but don’t want to be a party pooper, then a spidey hair band is just the ticket!

You will need:

·      Black hairband

·      18 inches 1 ½” sheer black ribbon

·      18 inches Bowdabra bow wire

·      Black stiffened felt

·      Black felt (regular)

·      Black chenille stems

·      Glue gun and glue sticks

·      Mini Bowdabra bow maker

·      Two Halloween wiggle eyes

·      Compass with white pencil (To write on black felt)

·      Scissors

·      Pinking shears

1.     Use the compass and white colored pencil to mark 2 ½” diameter circles on both the stiffened black felt and the regular felt. Cut out.

2.     Cut the black chenille stems into four 4 ½” pieces.  Use the glue gun to attach them to the stiffened felt circle spoke style all around.  Glue the regular felt circle on top to cover and press down. 

3.     To make the legs-- use the pinking shears to cut down the center of each section all around for a total of 8 sections.  After you have cut the leg sections trim them to long rectangles following the lines of the chenille stems.

4.     Glue the Felt legs/body onto the hair band.  Bend the legs as desired.  Cut a piece of black felt into a 2-inch circle and glue to the underside of the hair band.

5.     Make the Bowdabra bow spider head.  Cut an 18-inch piece of Bowdabra bow wire fold in half and place in the Bowdabra bow maker.  You will have a loop at one end and two pieces of wire at the other end.

6.     Cut an 18-inch piece of 2 ½” wide sheer ribbon and insert directly into the Mini Bowmaker from the top.  The ribbon piles up like an accordion.  Scrunch the ribbon until you reach the end.

7.     Use the wand to push down the ribbon tightly.

8.     Thread the two loose ends through the loop end of the bow wire and pull tightly.  Remove from the Bowmaker, tie a knot on the back and fluff the bow into a rosette shape.

9.     Use the glue gun to attach the Bowdabra rosette to the center of the spider on the hair band. 

10. Glue two Halloween wiggle eyes on the front of the rosette at the base.  Bend the legs as desired.


  1. While I'm not a fan of the eight legged creatures either, this is adorable! The pinking shears make the legs so cute.

  2. Oh how cute! A great idea. My daughter would have loved this when she was younger!

  3. Oh how cute! A great idea. My daughter would have loved this so much when she was little.

  4. So cute Crystal! Happy early birthday ;o)

  5. What an adorable project! This would be great to link up to Create It Thursday #21…it's live now! Hope to see you there!

  6. What a creative way to make a spider! I would have to come over fear of spider to put that on my head, but I might just make the spider for fun :)

  7. Super cute. Pinned. Shared a facebook like too. I posted spooky key necklace to weekend wonder. Swing by:)

  8. So cute! My girls would love this!

  9. Love this, Crystal! We shared it on Facebook & Pinterest!

  10. Cute craft and great tutorial! Thanks for sharing on Tutorial Thursdays Linky Party. Your post will be featured in the Crafts Round up post this week.
    Marigolds' Loft
    P.S. Pinned :)


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