How To Make Hair Bows!

How To Make Hair Bows!

Whether its home-made festive gifts for Christmas, or a birthday present for your girly best friend, these low budget and easy to make hair bows are a cute and unique accessory for any girl!

(click on the photo of my hair bows for the video I used to make them! or click here)

What you need:
1.5 inch thick ribbon – 8 inches long (x2)
1cm thick ribbon – 4 inches long
fabric glue or a hot glue gun
hair clip
lighter/candle or clear nail polish

How to:

  1. Seal the ends of each piece of ribbon. This can either be done by quickly passing the edges through the flame of a candle or lighter. However, the method I used was to carefully paint the edges with clear nail polish to stop the ribbon fraying.
  2. Fold each of the thicker ribbons in half. On the back of them, put a thin line of glue along the line that the fold made (it should be in the middle of the ribbon) and fold each end of the ribbon over so the ends meet and stick onto the line of glue. Wait a few minutes for the glue to set.
  3. Then on the front of the ribbons (the other side to where the edges have met) put a dot of glue in the middle and fold over. This should look like it’s been folded in half, but only at the bottom (the edges should not be stuck together).
  4. When that glue has set, fold each of the (unstuck!) edges back on themselves and stick to the back where you did step 1. This can be tricky so holding the edges down until the glue sets really helps!
  5. Then stick the two bits of ribbon together in the middle, one on top of the other and glue the bow to the edge of a hair grip (crocodile style grips or the clips in the video work best due to the smooth back edge)
  6. (Optional) At this point, I added a small, shop-bought lace bow that I had removed the hair grip from and stuck it to the front of my two pieces of ribbon. (See picture)
  7. Then glue the end of the thin piece of ribbon to the clip. Make sure you do this on the other side of the back edge (the other side of where the bow is stuck). Wrap it around the bow so it appears down the middle and glue the free end of ribbon on top of the end that is stuck to the clip.

taa daa! You now have a unique, home-made hair accessory that will look great on you or as a gift!

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