Sunday, October 7

The secret to hairbows....

The reason I say the 'secret' to hairbows in the title is because it truly has been the best kept secret that these things are so easy, so cheap, and so FUN to create all on your own.  You can walk into a super store and pay $3-$5 for a set of these... and if you go into a boutique-type store you will likely pay $3-$5 a piece.

If you are just jumping into crafting you will have to investment in a glue gun, alligator clips, ribbon and fun embellishments.  I found decorative buttons work best (not the kind with the 2-4 holes, but the bulky ones with the shank on the back) and if you walk into a craft store there are literally THOUSANDS to choose from.  If you are like me and have an entire Hobby Lobby's worth of scrapbooking supplies, you will only need to purchase alligator clips.  My local Hobby Lobby and Joann's were both out of stock, but they did sell them and they were slightly cheaper (and had multiple size selections) than Walmart if you used one of their handy-dandy 40% off coupons.  I found the ones I use in the tutorial below at Walmart for $2 for 6.  All of my ribbon is from my stash and a great way to use up pieces that are too small for a scrapbook page.  Every single embellishment I used above is from my scrappy stash as well.  I raid my buttons (you may need to cut the shank off most), my brads (these also require you to snip off the posts), my 'silk' flowers (don't use the paper kind), gems, and felt embellishments that are left over from pages I've created.

Watch my the video tutorial below, but before you get started check out my trouble shooting tips list below it.  If you give it a try and run into any problems, leave a comment and I'll figure out a solution and add it to the list.  If you have any smart tips I've missed, please share that in the comments as well and I'll gladly add that too!!!!  :)

  • You will need to seal the ends of your ribbon with either a fray stop product or carefully with a flame. 
  • You can experiment with any ribbon, but the very best results I've gotten have all been with grossgrain.
  • If you make a mistake, you can pull up an embellishment, but then you need to pick off as much dried glue as possible and what is left behind can be remelted by touching the metal tip of your glue gun to it.
  • The thinner your hair, the smaller the alligator clip you will want to use.  
  • ***IMPORTANT*** Make note of where you part your hair, some embellishments have a definitely top or bottom to them and if you place the clip to the side of your hair, you'll want to make sure you attach the top embellishment facing the correct direction so that it's not upside down when you wear it.  
  • This is a great project for any store-bought clips you may have that have gotten dingy, ruined or lost a piece.  Just pull off everything down to the clip and clean it up smoothly as best you can, and rebuild with pieces from your supplies.  
  • When using these hairbows for smaller kiddos, try to to be cautious of what embellishments you use.  Find things that don't look like they will pose a choking hazard.  My youngest daughter is only 2, but with all of her sensory and texture issues, we can barely get her to put food in her mouth, much less choking hazards!  hahaha
  • Keep an eye out at garage sales and thrift stores.  You will pay on average $3 a package for a set of buttons at a craft store, but can walk out with a selection of them second hand for pennies a piece.
  • *STOP* Before you throw out that cute outfit your child stained beyond recognition, check to see if it has any cute buttons or sewn on embellishment that can be removed to decorate a hairbow.  I JUST cut a glittery embroidered heart off of a t-shirt my daughter put a hole in and it's about to become a super-duper cute clip!  
I created these for my contribution to this week's BLING challenge at Anything but a Card, so I dug out the sparkliest embellishments I could find (that and because my older daughter is the very definitely of a princess and all her things MUST sparkle) , but you put together the ribbon and embellishments that will match what you are trying to create and give the video another play while trying to make one of your very own!  

Thanks for visiting!



  1. How adorable are these! I love them! Great video too!

  2. Awesome!!!!!!! Thanks for the how too!!! I have never been good at making these! LOL!! I loveeeeeeeee yours!!! ADORABLE!!!!

  3. These are so sweet Christy. I love your tutorial. You crafty ladies in the USA are so lucky with your coupons and the value of your crafting supplies. It is very different here in Australia.
    With your clips the idea that you can totally personalise to suit is wonderful.

  4. What a great idea! Fabulous for lots of different events and great as small gifts for kids party favours,etc. Great tutorial as well.

  5. Those are super!! And such great tips too. I don't have a need to make hairbows but looks like you've created a great tutorial to help others :)

    Kristie - my new blog :)

  6. Thank you very much for your lovely comment you left me,Christy.
    Your hairbows are gorgeous! Great tutorial as well !

    Michaela xx

  7. I love your hair bows and your video tutorial is so clear and easy to follow.

  8. Your hair clips are super cute! Great tips and tutorial too, wish I had a little girl to make these for, they look like so much fun and a perfect way to use up leftover supplies.

    Hugs, Dawn


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