DIY Fourth Of July Stacked Hair Bow

Good afternoon friends!

Fourth of July is right around the corner and I wanted to share with you a simple DIY craft. For those of you who have little girls in your life, these are perfect, simple and easy to make for the upcoming holiday! You can even use any type of ribbon you would like to make bows all year round, for every day of the year 🙂

I know there is a huge wealth of information out there on how to make bows. However, it really seems to become a dying art form. I used to sell hairbows. Now I just make them for my girls and nieces. When there are five little girls to make bows for it can become quite busy! So I just wanted to share my way of doing it for my readers 🙃

Let’s get started. Here is the bow I made recently for my daughter. I actually made them each one. One has a solid bow and the other a polka-dotted bow. (but I digress).


To get started here are the materials you need.

Scissors

Needle and thread

1.5 inch ribbon

5/8 or 7/8 inch ribbon (I use 5/8 in this bow)

3/8 inch ribbon for center. I have red polka dotted ribbon pictured, but I ended up changing my mind and going with a solid blue for the center. 😉 (Here is where I get my ribbon and tools.)

Alligator clip or two prong clip

hot glue gun (not pictured)

Lighter to heat seal ends (not pictured)

To get started I use a handmade “bow maker.”  It is approximately 5 inches for 5 inch bows. I took a piece of cardboard, cut it at 5 inches. Two inches over I cut one inch out, going about a quarter of the way down. I like to make my girls bows at 5 inches but you can make them however big or small you would like. Many people will free hand as well. I prefer using a bow maker because of how fast I like to make the bows. It  allows me to make sure they are nice and even every time.

I take my 1.5 inch ribbon and wrap it around the bow maker three times in the front, right over the 1 inch slit. Then I cut it off. You will end up having both ends of the ribbon on each side and there will be two loops in the back.

Next I take my needle and thread. Going behind my bow maker, I stick the needle and thread up through the center of the ribbon, stopping half way through the needle, I pull the ribbon off the bow maker.

Then I bring my needle all the way through, wrapping the thread up and over the bow. When I pull, the ribbon will make an accordion style fold. Then I fold the bottom of the bow twice, completing the fold. I wrap the thread around multiple times and then tie off in the back.

Then I repeat the steps with my smaller ribbon.

I’m almost done!

At this point I cut the ends of my bows in a V shape. Then heat seal the ends so they do not fray (important step!)

Next I move over to my hot glue gun and Stack the bows together.

Then I take my lined alligator clip and glue it to the back of my big bow.

The last step is to take your 3/8 inch ribbon and wrap it around the center, gluing in the back. I like to glue mine over the alligator clip because it makes it sturdier in my opinion.

After your bow is put together you can spray it with hair spray or stiffening spray to give it that stiff feel, and so it will stay in place. Sometimes I do and sometimes I don’t. Depends on where my spray is and if I feel like doing it! haha.

There you have it. A beautiful Fourth of July bow. I hope you join me for my next DIY where I make a flower wreath for my girls bedroom.

Until next time xoxo,

Jenna Jury

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Flower Loop Clip Tutorial

Hey everyone! I know I have been promising you a flower clip tutorial for a while now- Well here it is! I really am sorry I haven’t written in a while. I am still trying to figure out this whole balancing everything thing as well as family things popping up and you know family comes before business. 

I know this may  come as a shock but I’m seriously not the most organized person out there. 

Seriously I know you  weren’t shocked. Were you? (Hahaha)


But anyway, I decided to go with a patriotic flower clip since we’re well on our way into summer.  

Isn’t this the cutest?

I love flower clips and they seem to really be a favorite of my customers. So much so that I thought I would provide you all with a tutorial so that you can make your own if you want to learn how to make one for your little ones. They make great gifts too. So let’s go ahead and get started!
First you need to gather your materials. 

The items pictured above are:

*a lighter (to heat seal your ribbon with)

* really, really good pair of scissors- seriously don’t try to use “not good scissors” because you will just ruin your ribbon and waste your time.

* an alligator clip

* needle and thread

* hot glue gun and glue sticks

* 3/8th inch ribbon of your choice. You can do all the same color or different colors/prints. It’s honestly whatever you prefer. For this one I chose red white and a flag print.


Next you need to go ahead and cut out your lengths of ribbon. This clip is approximately 3.5 inches long. It’s a little on the big side because I made it for my big girl. The average size for this bow is 3 inches. But you can really do whatever size you want. To make this size:

*cut out 8 pieces at 4 inches

*8 pieces at 3.5 inches

*8 pieces at 3 inches

Basically each stack of ribbon goes down an half inch from the previous stack. If you want to make a smaller size then you would start an half size smaller. For example: if you want a 3 inch clip you would cut the longest stack of ribbon at 3.5 inches and go down an half inch from there.


Next you will want to heat seal all of the ends of the ribbon. This keeps the ribbon from fraying. Go ahead and line your alligator clip as well. You can buy pre- lined alligator clips. I just prefer to do it myself.

Next thread your needle with a good length of thread and knot at the end. I typically knot mine two or three times.

Now you are ready start making the clip! Start by taking the longest piece of ribbon and pushing it onto the needle at its end in the center. Like pictured below. Do the same with the next two ribbon. Going from longest to shortest. Try to make sure they are all even on the ends. 


Next you are going to Loop the shortest piece of ribbon around and stick it through the needle. Do the same with the other ribbon on the needle as well. You will end up with a pretty flower loop like pictured below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now continue to do this with the other seven stacks of ribbon. Making eight loops in total.

When you are finished putting the loops on the needle it will look like this :

Then you will gently push the loops off the needle onto the thread. It’s okay to let the loops loose. They will tighten back up once you tie the thread.


Cut the needle off the thread and then tie the two pieces of thread together. Not too tightly though. It will form a loopy flower.

We’re almost done! Go ahead and play around with the loops and shape them if it doesn’t look right to you yet.

Next you will hot glue a center piece on the clip. I forgot to include the center resin in the picture of items you will need. You can use whatever you want. For this clip I am using this cute patriotic resin. 

I just love this little guy!

Go ahead and hot glue your center on and after it dries hot glue your lined alligator clip on the back.

It’s okay if a little bit of glue squeezes out. It can be pulled off pretty easily.

There you have it! Now you have a cute flower clip perfect for any little girl! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!Until next time! 

Jenna 

Battle of the Bows 

For those of you who do not know, I make and sell hairbows, headbands, tutus, etc. On the side. I absolutely love crafts, so when I had a little girl I tried my hand at making bows and found out that I loved it.

However, B does not love bows like I do so her unenthusiasm towards my endeavor dashed my excitedment and I stopped making them. But now I have two daughters and one of them LOVES bows, which makes mommy so happy, the other one not so much still. But I am not giving up hope on her just yet.

When I quit offering in home childcare I decided to pick this craft back up and let me tell you, I have been having so much fun, it’s sorta ridiculous. Today I want to tell you about a little battle I had on my Facebook page in order to figure out what people liked more when it came to the items I have available.
Below I want to talk about the results of these battles!

If you have a Facebook please check out my boutique here. 

Also you can check out my Etsy shop here.

Okay now onto the winners of these battles!

For this battle it was between the headband and the bow. The majority stated they loved the headband more. I wasn’t too surprised because headbands look adorable on little girls, especially bald babies. You know before they are able to pull them off! I personally love the bow more because I’m able to sneak bows on my girls better when they aren’t looking! But seriously, my two refuse to wear headbands but I can put bows on them so consequently I make more bows than headbands. But if people want more headbands I will definitely migrate into that direction!

This battle was between the Korker bow and the more fancy satin flower. To my surprise the majority voted for the satin flower. It is precious for a special occasion and I have made a couple for B to wear. I love the Korker bow more because I just think it’s so darn adorable. The satin flower will be a more prominent item in my boutique now that I know people prefer it!

In this battle I had people vote between the ribbon sculptures and the flower clip. I love making the flower clip! I think they always turn out so cute and the different color combos one can use make it so fun. The ribbon sculptures are cute as well. I make several different ones of these. The one pictured above is ballet slippers but I have also made Christmas trees, reindeer, turkey,  lollipops and several more. They are small enough that they aren’t  overwhelming to a child’s head. But they are cute enough to stand out. This battle was more difficult for people to choice on but in the end the flower clip won out!

This one was between the polka dots and the chevron designs. Before I tell you the winner I want to say that I LOVE them both. I just discovered chevron printed ribbons recently when I started making bows again, I know where have I been? And it’s quickly become a favorite of mine. However I think polka dots are so classic and look adorable on any child! Okay on to the winner. Can you guess it? It was polka dots! I wasn’t too surprised.

Now, I love making these two bow holders. My favorite one is the dress! I believe it holds more bows and looks so adorable in a little girls room. The bow pot is precious and makes great shower or Birthday gifts for a little girl! Now on to the winner. Not surprisingly it was the dress!


The last battle was between the twisted boutique bow and the pinwheel bow. These two styles of bows are my favorite to make. Now in hindsight I probably should have used a solid colored ribbon bow for the twisted boutique because I feel like it looks ten times better than a print. But because I love the pink chevron so much I wanted to see how it looked. The winner of this bow was the pinwheel bow. Which I love! I was a bit surprised but think the style print may have contributed to the lesser votes for the twisted boutique. Who knows, maybe I will try it again to see!

Do you see a bow you love? Let me know below.

I will be back later this week to show you different bows I have available in my shop! Don’t forget to like Jenna’s boutique on Facebook!

Until next time,

Jenna