Hair Bow Tutorial



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Hair Bow Tutorial

Written and Photographed by Meredith of Wait ‘Til Your Father Gets Home

Hi again Smart School House friends! I’m thrilled to be back again today sharing a super cute {not to mention VERY easy} tutorial to make mini hair bows for any little lady in your life.

Hair Bow Tutorial

Now, if you’re a Wait Til Your Father Gets Home regular, you know that I really have no reason to be making mini hair bows. Two boys=no need for bows in this household. But, I do have a sweet niece and a couple other little ladies in my life that I’ve recently showered with these tiny little gifts.

To make a couple of your own, you’ll need:

rubber shelf liner

3/8 inch wide ribbon

small alligator clips

white felt

hot glue gun/glue sticks



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Pictured above is what you’ll need per mini hair bow:

3- 3 inch pieces of ribbon

1 alligator clip

small pieces of shelf liner and felt {should be the same size as your clip}

To make each bow, you’ll do the following:

1. Tie one piece of ribbon with a single knot in the center of the ribbon.

2. Use a lighter to seal the ends of each piece of ribbon to avoid any fraying.

3. Hot glue the remaining two pieces of ribbon into individual loops, then flatten each loop and add a dab of hot glue in the center of the loop. To assemble the bow, you’ll criss-cross the flattened loops and secure them with a dab of hot glue. Place the knotted ribbon over the two flattened ribbons, hot glue the knot to the front of the bow, then wrap the leftover pieces around the back, secure with hot glue and cut.

4. Now that your bow is prepared, you’ll want to prep the alligator clip. Using the same ribbon, still on the spool, seal the end of the ribbon with the lighter and then hot glue it to the back of the alligator clip, about 1/4 of the way from the end you pinch to open it up.

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5. Carefully using the hot glue, line the actual alligator clamp, the top of the clip and a bit of the top inside of the clip with your ribbon. Cut the ribbon so that it covers about halfway on the inside top of the clip and seal the end with the lighter before gluing it.

6. Hot glue the piece of felt to the top inside of the clip, then glue the rubber shelf liner piece to the felt. Using the rubber liner will decrease the clip pulling or pinching any of that fine baby hair on your little lady’s head!

7. Once the clip is lined, you’re ready to hot glue the bow to the top of the clip!

I like to give these as gifts in sets of 3. Clip them onto a pretty note card decorated with washi tape, and you’re good to go!

Hair Bow Tutorial

Who would you make a mini hair bow for this year?!


Hair Bow Tutorial

Kelly Dixon

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