handmade holiday gift

handmade holiday gift

OK, so life got in the way of this series a little bit, but I wanted to give you guys at least one more quick and easy DIY gift idea that you can learn and put together in an afternoon.

I love bows. They’re so cute and girly and perfect for little munchkins who don’t have quite enough hair to let their femininity shine. My impossibly adorable niece Camila is kind of a hair clip queen. She has had a head full of hair since she was born and I get a kick out of seeing her in all of her assorted hair clips.

Having two girls of my own and knowing how quickly and often we lose our hair clips, I decided to make her a bunch in a variety of colors for Christmas. The problem? The best bow I could do is the kind that works for my Converse.

So I decided to head to YouTube to learn to how to make a fancier bow.

DIY hair bows

I have to tell you, it was way less complicated than I anticipated and a little bit addicting. It took a couple of burnt fingertips and one or two failures to figure it out for sure, but once I got it down, I was on a roll.

Supplies: All you really need is some ribbon or fabric, scissors, a hot glue gun, a lighter and some clips. If you want to get fancy and extra secure, you can also use a needle and thread.

Videos used:

Like I mentioned in my last Handmade Holiday post, when I learn a new skill I like to check out multiple sources before I get into it and try things on my own. Here are the videos I watched before trying it on my own:

DIY bow headband

Expertise required: None.

Time commitment: Very little… unless you’re obsessive like me and start making large piles of the things.

Expense: Also very little. I bought a couple of soft and stretchy headbands at WalMart but otherwise I used bobby pins, ribbon and alligator clips that I had on hand (have I mentioned that I’m a craft supply hoarder?).

DIY hair bow clipsTips:

  • Don’t get cocky. For your first couple of bows, make sure you follow the instructions in the video or you’re going to be frustrated that your bows are lopsided and/or folded oddly. Not that I’d know that from personal experience or anything…
  • Don’t obsess over measurements. This is the kind of thing that you can eyeball to figure out how to make the appropriate size (ie a bow for an adult might be way too big for an infant’s head, but you’ll be able to tell that while you’re making it).
  • Definitely do the lighter trick. You just pass your ribbon or fabric over the flame in order to seal the edges and make sure your bows don’t unravel.
Written by Jennifer Garry
Jen is a freelance writer and girl mom from New York. When she's not knee-deep in glittery crafts and girl talk, you can probably find her sprawled across her couch in the middle of a Netflix marathon with dark chocolate smeared on her face. The struggle is real.