How to Make Kids Hair Bows

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How to Make Kids Hair Bows
Ribbon hairbow (shamrock hair ribbon image by morrbyte from

Kids hair bow designs can include oversized bows made from wide ribbons or a series of smaller bows made from thin ribbons and other stringing materials. Beads, bells and any variety of trinkets can add style and personality to kids hair bows. Metal barrette forms are available at craft stores to decorate and transform into colourful hair bows to fit any outfit or occasion.

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Things you need

  • Metal barrette form
  • Long shoestrings
  • Glue sticks
  • Glue gun
  • 1/2-inch wide ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Flat back rhinestones
  • 1/4-inch-wide ribbon
  • Waxed paper
  • Jeweller's glue
  • Microbeads

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    Shoestring Hairbows

  1. 1

    Tie one long shoestring into a floppy bow onto one end of the metal barrette form. One loop of the bow should extend to the left and one loop should extend to the right of the barrette.

  2. 2

    Tie similar bows with long shoestrings along the length of the barrette form. Use shoestrings in a variety of colours or one single colour, depending on the desired look of the hair bow. If you opt for a variety of colours, the hair bow will coordinate with more clothing choices.

  3. 3

    Cut a strip of 1/2-inch-wide ribbon to fit across the width of the barrette form. Glue the ribbon strip to the barrette with hot glue. The hot glue will also help hold the shoestring bows in place. Let the glue dry.

  4. 4

    Glue a row of flat-back rhinestones or glass cabochons across the ribbon with hot glue. Alternatively, use small plastic trinkets. Allow the glue to dry.

    Ribbon and Microbead Hairbows

  1. 1

    Cut 1/4-inch-wide ribbon into 16 10-inch strips. Tie the ribbons around the metal barrette so that the ends dangle beneath the barrette form.

  2. 2

    Place the hair bow onto a sheet of waxed paper to protect the work surface. Cover the ribbons across the width of the metal barrette form with clear jeweller's glue.

  3. 3

    Sprinkle microbeads on top of the glued area. Microbeads are tiny glass beads with no holes. Allow the glue to dry.

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