How to make fancy dog bows

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How to make fancy dog bows
It's easy to make your own dog bows at home. (bow image by AGphotographer from

Dog bows are the finishing touch to the perfect pampered-pooch look. After a grooming session, professional dog groomers add bows to a dog's hair for extra pizazz. Dog owners often place bows in a dog's fur to complement a sweater or outfit for a day out. These cute little bows can be purchased from groomers, in pet stores or even at veterinary offices. Bows come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and in varying price ranges. You can make your own fancy dog bows easily and inexpensively at home.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Ruler
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Small rubber bands
  • Hot glue gun with extra glue sticks
  • Bow decorations (beads, pom poms, stones)

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  1. 1

    Measure a 7.5-inch piece of ribbon.

  2. 2

    Cut the ends of the ribbon at an angle. This makes the finished product look nicer.

  3. 3

    Cross the ends of the ribbon to make an x with a loop on top, like the pink Breast Cancer Awareness ribbons.

  4. 4

    Push the loop of the ribbon to meet the centre of the x and hold it there. The ribbon should look like a little bow now.

  5. 5

    Place the rubber band on the back side of the bow so that the entire circle of the band is flat against the back of the bow.

  6. 6

    Bend the top of the rubber band over the top of the bow so that it meets the bottom of the rubber band.

  7. 7

    Pass the top of the rubber band through the bottom of the rubber band, pulling the top part between the tails of the ribbon toward the back of the bow.

  8. 8

    Tug the rubber band to make it snug.

  9. 9

    Hot glue any decorative items such as pom poms, glittery stones or beads to the centre of the bow.

  10. 10

    Allow the glue to dry thoroughly (this should only take a few minutes) before placing the bow in your dog's hair.

Tips and warnings

  • Rubber bands for bow making can be purchased in craft stores and in some pet stores.
  • Try making up several bows to give as gifts to your friends and family members for their dogs.
  • Be careful when working with hot glue, as it can burn your skin when used improperly.

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