Ok, as many of you know, I barely have time to brush my hair on a regular basis, so DIY projects generally aren’t in the cards for me. BUT, every now and then I feel so inspired … and now that Olivia’s hair is finally getting long enough to braid and make pigtails, I’m going crazy for all the adorable bows I see on Insta. But, trouble is … I can’t just pick one or two I love, and well, when they cost $15 each, I could easily drop $200 on hair bows … yeah, not sure how I’d explain that one to Jacob …
So, I went to the fabric store, picked out about 10 different types of ribbon, grabbed some hair clips, and my glue gun, and voila! Livi has her very own custom made hair bows in whatever pattern and size I want, ALL for under $15! And, truth be told, it took me under 15 minutes! So grab your glue gone and let’s do this …
Step One – Choose!
Choose your fabric! This should be the fun part, so spend some time at the fabric store looking at all your options … think about your daughter’s wardrobe, what colors does she wear most often … what patterns does she like? No matter what you choose, you can never go wrong with basic neutrals, stripes, or dots!
Step Two – Collect
Collect all your materials. You will need 1) a glue gun, 2) alligator hair clips (size depending upon the size of your bow), 3) ribbon of your choice, and 4) scissors.
Step Three – Knot & Bow
While the glue gun heats up, cut a piece of ribbon long enough to both knot it once, and then make your bow … obviously the the bigger the bow, the larger the piece of ribbon you’ll need.
Once you have your ribbon, knot it once directly in the center. Next, tie a bow, tightening it around the knot. Once the bow is tied, you may need to spend a minute or two manipulating the ends and loops into place so it looks straight … just be patient and keep working it, it’ll settle into place. Once it’s straight and securely knotted, use your scissors to snip the ends so they’re roughly even with one another (but they don’t need to be perfect, in fact I think some slight uneven-ness is preferred).
Step Four – Bring it All Together
Once the glue gun has reached the appropriate temperature, carefully dispense glue along the top of the hair clip, and then immediately press the center of the bow into the glue. Hold down firmly for a minute or two, then set aside to dry.
And that’s it … your done! Wait a few hours to be sure the glue is fully dry, then clip these babies in and go 🙂
Ok, now, if you love the bows but still don’t have the time, materials, and/or confidence to make your own … here are a few of my favorite pre-made finds …
WILD + BLISSFUL COLLECTION
I adore these bows … they come in a variety of classic patterns and beautiful florals … sold in pigtails sets, single bows, or on a headband (for those little littles!) … check out the full collection HERE
LITTLE DESIGN CO
Yup, these are leather bows! Confession … I won’t be making these, and I will be buying them! Soft, buttery leather in classic colors. A stand out piece for sure … every mom on the playground will want to know where you got ’em … shop the full collection HERE
Ok, these are probably the most popular and trendy, and the price tag reflects it. I recommend choosing one or two must haves, and just going for it. The velvet ones are to die for! Shop the collection HERE
Wishing you all a wonderful week!
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