We wanted a fun and unique hanging decoration for our Bali birthday party, and these Chopstick Twists fit the bill quite nicely. Speaking of bills can you believe we made these for less than $5 a piece?!
We used the inexpensive takeout chopsticks found at a local Asian market to make these fabulous and inexpensive Chopstick Twist hanging bali party decorations. A pack of 75 chopstick sets cost just a few dollars. We wanted our twists to be different lengths, but we bought enough to use 60 sticks (or 30 sets of chopsticks) in each twist and then varied it from there. Our chopsticks came bound together so after breaking each set apart we used a 1/16th bit to drill a hole in the center of each chopstick.
We followed the instructions on this fiber-reactive dye for tub dyeing (you can also use this same dye to tie dye!) We used a mixture of the Bright Green and Avocado colors. Be sure to wear gloves when dyeing since this is powerful stuff. You’ll want a fairly large tub to contain any splashing, and you’ll need enough dye to fully submerge your sticks. The dyeing process took about an hour and a half, but the hands on time was only about 20 minutes. We promise it’s not as scary as it sounds, and the result is SO worth the effort!
The sticks need to soak in the dye bath for about an hour. Then remove them and let dry in a safe place — we placed our wet sticks in a throwaway foil pan lined with paper towels. Remember the dye is active and will stain anything porous so take care when moving the wet sticks. Allow the sticks to dry for 6-8 hours then rinse in warm water to remove the excess dye. Let dry completely before stringing onto wire.
Begin assembling your twists by threading wire through the hole in a stick then loop it around and back through the hole. Twist the end back onto the wire to hold this stick securely as shown in the photo above right. This creates the bottom stick in your twist. Now string onto the wire as many chopsticks as desired, just like you would to make a necklace. Once your twist is the desired length cut your wire and create a hanging loop as shown above left.
I certainly hope the photos are doing these Chopstick Twists justice — they really are so fabulous in person but were a bit tricky to photograph. I think it’s a total bonus too that they fold flat so you can easily store them away to use later.