By General Crafts Contributor Michelle
Get your little gal all gussied up for the new school year with a fancy new hair bow. With a little ribbon and a few other supplies, you can make fancy curly hair bows to coordinate with any outfit.
Here’s what you’ll need to get started:
- Assorted colors of 3/8″ grosgrain ribbon.
- Wooden spoons, or 1/4″ wooden dowels.
- Alligator clip barrettes.
- Embroidery floss.
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks.
- Wooden clothespins or sewing pins.
- A tinfoil lined cookie sheet.
- An oven.
Preheat your oven to 275 degrees.
The first step to creating your hair bow is to wrap your ribbon around the handle of your wooden spoon or dowel, securing both ends with a clothespin or sewing pin. Wrap the ribbon tightly, keeping the spirals close together.
Once you have all of your ribbons wrapped, lay them on your foil lined cookie sheet, and place them in your preheated oven for 10 minutes. Remove them from the oven after the 10 minutes, and let them cool completely.
When they’re completely cool, remove the wooden clothespins or sewing pins, and carefully slide your ribbon curls off of the wooden sticks. Cut your curls into lengths, keeping in mind that how long you cut them will determine the width of your final hair bow. I cut mine into about 4″ long lengths.
Cut a length of embroidery floss about 6″ long. Lay it out on your work surface and begin stacking your ribbon curl lengths perpendicularly across it, centering them on the floss.
Next, tie a loose knot, and carefully tighten it down across your pile of curls. Hold the knot firmly, and wrap the ends around again, and finish with a square knot. Trim off the excess floss.
Take your alligator clip, and a small length of ribbon. The alligator clip has a flat side and an angled side. Turn clip so the flat side is down, and pinch it open. Run a bead of hot glue along the inside of the flat edge, and then carefully place your piece of ribbon on top of the glue, letting the excess ribbon hang off the end. Close the clip to help the glue stick evenly to the ribbon.
Turn the clip over, run a bead of glue on the other side of the flat edge, fold the excess ribbon up and over the end of the clip to cover the top.
Trim off excess ribbon, leaving 1/8″ which you will dot with glue and fold over to cover the end of the part that you hold.
Place a line of glue across the ribbon colored part of your alligator clip and adhere your curly bow to the clip. Ta da! You now have a fancy new hair bow!