Homemade Hair Bows Are Simple To Make

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Homemade Hair Bows

Homemade hair bows can save you quite a bit of money, can be made to match any outfit, and can be made in any size you want. Why spend $4-8  for one bow when you can make them yourself? After breaking down the price, the three finished bows  in this post cost me less than $2.00 each to make. To make your own homemade hair bows, you will need the following:


  • 2-3 spools of coordinating Grosgrain ribbon
  • 4-5 12 inch wood dowels ¼ to ½ inch thick
  • 8-10 wooden clothes pins
  • Barrett bases
  • Scissors
  • Lighter
  • Foil covered cookie sheet
  • Glue gun or needle and thread

Homemade hair bows supplies

Preheat your oven to 250.

Holding the end of the ribbon on an angle, begin wrapping it around the dowel. Use a clothes pin to hold it in place. Wrap the ribbon down the length of the dowel and secure at the other end, cutting the ribbon when you reach the bottom. Secure it with another clothes pin. Repeat this process with the different ribbons until you have 4-5 dowels covered. Place them on the cookie sheet and bake for 20 minutes.

Homemade hair bows supplies

After removing the ribbon from the oven, allow to cool completely on the dowel. Once cooled, remove the clothes pins and unwind from the dowel. Cut the ribbon to the desired length if you want to make a 4 inch bow, cut the ribbons into 4 inch lengths. Using the lighter, hold the ribbon close to the flame to seal the ends and prevent fraying. Do not put the ribbon directly in the flame, just close enough that you see the ribbon ends melt together.

Arrange your ribbons in any way you wish. Using the glue gun or needle and thread, secure the ribbons together. When you have them arranged the way you want, you can glue or sew them to the barrette.

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  1. Cosette Hicks says:

    Wow that is awesome. Thanks for sharing. My daughters and I have been making the more traditional “bows” now we can add the curly ones to our collection.

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