Monday, April 21, 2014

Spike It! Tutorial: Spike + Rose Headband (CREEPYYEHA Inspired)

I was way too broke for a CREEPYYEHA headband from etsy, and she no longer makes headbands!

I have a serious love of studs, spikes and lace though.

I always enjoy spiked/studded items. Shoes, clothes, accessories. Gimme gimme gimme. I can't afford most shoes with spikes, but it's actually quite easy to do at home. I prefer being hands-on with things too.

For shoes, you'll have a better time applying spikes which use a screw and by drilling holes into the shoe. For headbands, this is also the case but glue can be used easily. Today, I'm finally making my dream headband for about $10. I did feel the need to buy a new headband for this because my only "plain" headband is a very skinny, metal headband covered in a very thin layer of fabric. These types of metal headbands hurt my head after a while and they aren't wide enough to accommodate screws. Let's get into this!

You will need...
All the supplies ~ !
  • Headband - one wide enough to hold the screws. I picked the one I'm using up at Hobby Lobby for $1.99 but feel free to use any other plastic headband you want.
  • Fake roses - Or any other small flower you like. You could always skip the flowers--I do intend to make a spikes-only headband. Ribbon roses are also a good option, being easier to attach.
  • Spikes - Like the flowers, this is optional. I got mine from Hobby Lobby (finally!) but they only have two sizes: 13mm and 25mm. I do need more sizes than this, and if you don't have a Hobby Lobby or art store nearby (they may not have spikes, boo), I highly recommend StudsandSpikes! They offer bulk sales of spikes and the singles are really inexpensive.
  • Strong glue (DO NOT USE SUPERGLUE, IT WILL CREATE A PERMANENT "FOG" ON THE METAL) - My favorite is E6000 because I use it for nearly everything (yes, everything). I tend to burn myself with hot glue, but it's also a very smart option! Please note: E6000 can be very messy.
  • Optional: Drill - Be careful, and get someone to help you. You can drill holes into your headband to fit the screws for the spikes. Again, completely optional. I am truthfully afraid that the drill might break the headband.
1. Try on that headband! Figure out the most comfortable position of your headband on your head. It can take some fiddling with the headband to figure out what's most comfortable--this is especially annoying if you wear glasses like I do. The headband might dig into your head behind your ears, ugh.
Trying on my headband with my new Demented Valentine hair.
2. With your headband on, determine where you want your spikes and where you want the flowers if you're using them. Determine how far the spikes will be, if you're alternating the sizes, and how far apart the flowers will be. I like holding the pieces I'll be using on the headband while wearing it just to see how it'll look but in this case, I'm using reference pictures. Mark the points with marker or eyeliner in a color you can see on the headband. For my black headband, I'm using a white eyeliner.
Marking out position of my spikes.
3. Your flowers likely came on a stem and you've pulled them off—if you haven't, be careful removing the flowers from their plastic stems. You'll notice they have a little stub from where they attached to the stem on the back. I took my flowers apart piece by piece and glued them together in the centers, just for more security.
Flowers glued back together with the center bit (where the stamens would be on a real flower) reattached
4. Now get your glue (or drill) ready. If you've already gotten your screws and spikes seperated, then attach your spikes to the screws and glue your screws down. Depending on the glue you used, you may have to wait sometime for the glue to dry before you apply more spikes. If you're using a drill, then slowly and carefully drill the holes for the screws. Let the glue dry before you attempt to do anything else!! If you drilled into the headband, you can put your spikes onto the screws now or wait.
Spikes with their screws and the flowers
5. Get your flowers ready and glue them on to the headband slowly—you don't want to screw up your application. When you're done, let everything dry over night just to make sure everything is set!!

The final product
6. After your glue is fully dry (or in my case, cured), wear your new headband happily! But be gentle and use caution.
Here's the headband on my EDP (Every Day Pink) wig. I don't wear it everyday, but it's not for any specific characters--just a sweet pink wig! Alternatively called the Nicki Minaj wig.
If you don't want to make one, you can find headbands like these on etsy and in stores like Top Shop (not a Top Shop-shopper, so I'm not 100% on that information). Always be careful with your headband, because it can break or something could fall off.

I know there aren't photos for literally everything, but that would be a bit unnecessary. I'll have another tutorial for a spikes and bow headband relatively soon (meaning: as soon as my StudsandSpikes order arrives!).



  1. I LOVE how that turned out! It is perfection with your EDP, nice work! Miss my soft pale pink hair, but it would only be that lovely hue for a few days before the yellow-ish grungy tone would lurk through....don't remember violet shampoo helping either.

    1. Thanks! I love that wig, it was my first wig and it's still a huge favorite. Ick on the grungy tones! I know yellow tones will affect pink, making it salmon-y, peachy or even orange. I like toner over purple shampoos/conditioners, since they aren't very hydrating (so not helpful with how light you have to get hair to get a really pure pastel pink) and I can see the toner's change instantly. I like Wella's T18 for a very pale, level 10-11 blonde. :3

    2. Cool, I'll have to look into that if I ever go back to pale pink. That grunginess would always appear on my ends, my hair has been collarbone length or shorter (like a longish bob) for the past few yrs.

    3. So has mine, oh the trials of colorful hair! I really like it, it hasn't failed on level 8 to level 9 hair and I recently used it to get a really pure neon green and a rich teal. I was worried any yellow tones would alter the green to be darker or more yellow-toned than it already is, but it's come out wonderfully since toning it. I have a complete appreciation for toners.


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