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Hair Bow Tutorial

Posted by  ·  November 3, 2011  ·  Last Updated: November 3, 2011

Hair bows can make an inexpensive and appreciated gift for the little girls in your life. Can you ever have too many?  Around our house they often never come home so it is nice to know for just a few dollars it is easy to make your own boutique style hair bows. Every outfit can have the perfect accessory made by you.


Supplies to make a hair bow

24 inches of 1.5 inch wide grosgrain ribbon to make a 4 1/2 inch wide bow or 18 inches of 1.5 inch grosgrain ribbon to make a 3 1/5 inch bow

6 inches of fine gauge floral wire,

a hair clip

glue gun


How to make a hair bow

Fold the 24 inch (or 18 inch) piece of ribbon in half and crease with your thumb.

Lay ribbon out flat. Bring one edge of the ribbon to the center of the ribbon and lay on top of the crease to form a loop.

Repeat for the other side, creating a figure eight. Make sure ends of ribbon overlap about an inch.

Bring the outside edge of the loop to the center. From this point on it works best to hold the ribbon in your hands.

Bring the loop on the other side to the center. Be sure to adjust the loops so they are even.

Pinch the center together by bending the outside edge down first and accordion fold the center together, ending by folding the opposite edge down. Keeping the fold tight will create a nicely shaped bow.

Tightly wrap a piece of floral wire around the center.

Twist securely in the back and trim edges.


Slip the hair clip through the wire on the back of the bow. Make sure the wire is folded under so it doesn’t poke into the head.

Hot glue or sew a button on the center of the bow. Seasonal buttons, plastic gem and charms can be used. (Remember for young children to be cautious of items that could be a choking hazard)

With all of the beautiful ribbon and buttons that can be found, think of the possibilities for making stylish bows.

If you are looking for more handmade gift ideas for the holidays you might enjoy browsing my Handmade Gift Guide.

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  1. Scarlett Herft🍩🍩
    Wednesday, July 6th, 2016
    Awesome,I let my 4 year old do it and she mastered it!!!
  2. Dimpy.
    Saturday, June 27th, 2015
    thanx for such a wonderful idea for make childern nd people happy and i can do a home base job for gettind have with this idea. thank you very much for give me advice so easyly.
  3. Shaylon
    Monday, June 2nd, 2014
    I am not able to see pictures either. Help.
  4. Wednesday, May 7th, 2014
    This is a perfect bow. Hope I can make one just like yours! :D
  5. Saturday, February 1st, 2014
    Hmm is anyone else experiencing problems with the pictures on this blog loading?
    I'm tryng to find out if its a problem on my end or if it's the blog.
    Any responses would be greatly appreciated.
  6. Kourtney
    Saturday, February 1st, 2014
    Hi I have been looking at tutorial after tutorial and could not get the bow right and found yours and thanks you I made a perfect bow
  7. Sunday, January 26th, 2014
    Hey there, You've done an incredible job. I will
    crrtainly digg it and personally recommend to my friends.
    I'm sure they will be benefited from this site.
  8. Haley
    Friday, December 6th, 2013
    I love these bows (I'm 18 oops haha) but they're like 20$ in boutiques. With ribbon for .33 cents by the yard at Walmart I've already used your tutorial to make three bows!
  9. Friday, December 6th, 2013
    Do you have any video of that? I'd care to
    find out some additional information.
  10. Saturday, July 13th, 2013
    Carry on blogging the amazing posts! Could there be anyway to sign up for a e-newsletter or
    notification list to be notified about new up-dates on this website?
  11. Sunday, April 21st, 2013
    Nice post. I was checking continuously this blog and I'm impressed! Extremely helpful information specifically the last part :) I care for such information a lot. I was seeking this particular information for a long time. Thank you and best of luck.
  12. Lei
    Sunday, February 10th, 2013
    I love it simple! Can u give suggestions in using elastic s? Or rubber bands?
  13. Jordan
    Thursday, February 7th, 2013
    hey thanks i am a crafty kind of person and this is a really good thing todo thankyou again its awesome.:)
  14. Saturday, December 15th, 2012
    I am starting out my blog and would love to be able to put your page up along with your step by steps. I would make sure to include you and make sure your website nma eis known. I think this Tutorial is great and would love to use it. Thanks
  15. Debbie Meyer
    Wednesday, October 10th, 2012
    Thank you for the easy step by step lesson.
  16. Mary Lopes
    Monday, January 23rd, 2012
    Great ideas.thanks for it
    from: São Paulo- Brazil
  17. The Stuffed Cactus Co.
    Saturday, December 3rd, 2011
    Great tutorial. You Make it look so easy.
  18. nicole
    Friday, November 4th, 2011
    cute, I'm going to make some for my niece. i'm stopping by from tatertots and jello and would love for you to stop by my blog and checkout the huge giveaway going on. http://thelovelypoppy.blogspot.com/2011/10/blog-follower-giveaway.html xoxo nicole
  19. Friday, November 4th, 2011
    That hairbow is so cute! Thanks for sharing the tutorial!
  20. gemgirl
    Friday, November 4th, 2011
    Wonderful tutorial for such a stylish and simple project. they come out perfect every time. Thanks.
  21. Susan E.
    Thursday, November 3rd, 2011
    THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!! I knew it couldn't be that hard but just couldn't get the ribbon to look nice like that. The bows I've tried to do just didn't look that lovely. Thanks for the step-by-step photos!
  22. mdbc77
    Thursday, November 3rd, 2011
    thank you! i'm glad i didn't buy the spool of ribbon yesterday at joann b/c i had picked up the wrong type! now i know just what to shop for and what length i need! thanks again!
  23. Thursday, November 3rd, 2011
    Aahh.... I never could get that perfect loop, but now I'm ready to go with all those buttons and ribbon spools stored in my To-Do craft box! Thanks!
  24. Dianna
    Thursday, November 3rd, 2011
    Love this. Thanks for the step by step! For some reason, I can make all sorts of hair doodads but working with ribbon seems daunting! I will try again with this tutorial.
  25. Thursday, November 3rd, 2011
    This is a great simple idea. I think as crafters, we sometimes get too caught up in trying to make something everything New and Shiny. These are fun and simple and perfect.

    Thanks for sharing!
  26. Moon
    Thursday, November 3rd, 2011
    Oh my gosh! It looks so easy! I love it!