Supplies for making hair bows

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Supplies for making hair bows
Making hair bows for presents or profit is fun and easy to do. (snowflock/iStock/Getty Images)

Some stay-at-home parents are exploring the world of hair bows as a way to make extra income while being at home with their children. Parents of little girls are also taking an interest in making hair bows at home to avoid the cost of buying new bows. Whether you're making bows for yourself or the little princess in your life, or you're trying to earn a little extra income for your family, a general supply list of hair bow supplies can get you started.

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Ribbon choice

Ribbon is one of the most important components of a hair bow, and with the hundreds of options available it can be a daunting component. Choosing a few basic types of ribbon, like satin and silk, and then selecting a small range of colours and patterns, will allow you to get started without making a huge investment. As you become more skilled or begin selling more bows, you can invest in specialist ribbons.

Hair clips

Barrette clips and alligator clips are the preferred clip styles for bow making. These can be purchased in bulk at art and craft shops or beauty salon suppliers, and they come in a range of sizes and finishes. For smaller bows, snap clips are often used and can be purchased at specialist fabric shops.

Hot glue

Hot glue is the best type of adhesive for finishing hair bows because the glue holds well, comes in a variety of temperatures and is often invisible when the bow is finished. Be sure to test high-temperature and low-temperature glues on a tiny bit of the ribbon you plan to use before making the bow so that you don't ruin the ribbon. Hot glue guns come in several sizes, and can be cordless or electric. Start with a lower temperature gun, which minimises (but does not eliminate) the risk of burns. This will also reduce the risk of melting delicate ribbons.

Wire supplies

Various types of wire can be used for making bows. Ribbon wire supplies both the ribbon and wire in one step, though often with limited patterns and colours. Floral wire is a frequent choice for bow construction because it is inexpensive and easily malleable. The use of different thicknesses of wire may require pliers or shears instead of basic scissors. Floral wire can be found at hobby and craft shops, and comes in a variety of thicknesses, or gauge sizes. Higher gauges are thinner wires, which means more flexibility with the material. You can often find the wires painted or covered in different colours. Start with a basic floral wire in a 24 to 26 gauge, and from there determine whether a thicker wire is needed for your purpose.

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