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Simple hair bow tutorial

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We love hair bows at our house! Especially my little girl. I think I may be in trouble. 😉 She organizes them every day and picks out which one she wants to wear with each out fit. It is pretty darn cute!

Today I’m going to show you how to make a SUPER simple hair bow. These involve little to no skill {promise} and will cost you about .25 cents a bow! They are GREAT for baby shower gifts!

The possibilities are endless with these ribbon bows. There are so many fun colors and patterns to choose from. Here’s what you’ll need to get started.

Simple hair bow tutorial


  • Ribbon ( I prefer 1 – 11/2 in grosgrain ribbon ) – found mine at Hobby Lobby
  • Hair clips (found at Hobby Lobby or Sally’s)
  • Hot Glue
  • Scissors

The first thing you’ll do is cut your ribbon. For my bows I prefer 5-6 inches. If your girl is older 7 inches would be good. The longer the ribbon… the bigger the bow!

1. Fold in one end to the center and hot glue

2. Fold in the other end to meet the first one in the middle. You don’t want to use too much glue here. A little will do.

3. Place a small dot of glue in the center of the bow and pinch together.

4. Pull the ends back and glue 1/2 inch piece of ribbon around the center. You can cut 1/2 inch piece from your ribbon (make sure to use fray check or fire, so the edges don’t fray) or you can use a 1/2 inch piece of ribbon in a different color

5. Glue your alligator hair clip to the back of the bow.

Then make a hundred more! Once you get the hang of it, these will only take you a minute to make.

Look how cute they are! My little girl sure loves them. So have you made these simple hair bows? If not, give them a try.

Thanks for reading. Have a great day!!

Looking for more hair bows? Check out: Felt bow tutorial and Ruffled lace flower.

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  1. Wow! I never quite figured out how those bows are made! They are so cute and easy. Growing up we would always just tie a ribbon around our ponies, but the bows are so much better for short hair and little girls. Thanks!!

  2. wow these are super cute!! and I can’t believe how easy these are to make!!
    going to be making some for my daughter for when she starts nursery in September

  3. Is it totally crazy that I’m super excited to make these for myself? Because I am. Hello, My name is Giana and I’m a 30 year old hair bow addict. I love them, I can’t help it. I use them all the time. And Now I’m going to have millions!! 🙂

  4. Very Cute! I have 3 grand daughters that will look cute in these! Thanks for posting!… oh, and 3 great neices(one set of twins!) , and lots of friend’s grandkids…I’d better get busy! Ta ta!

  5. These are so cute and I think I am going to make some for my niece. I just have a question about which way the clip is glued to the bow? Is there a upside or a downside to these clips?

  6. These are very cute and fast. I may have to whip some up for my new granddaughter. Thanks for sharing your amazing talents with me.

  7. OMG. I have so many bows but now I can make my own with anything I want!
    Thank you so much, this is amazing 🙂

  8. Thank you! I have a little girl who loves bows, and I’ve been on the lookout for a simple way to make them. I went to Hobby Lobby yesterday bought the items needed, and made a set of bows last night. This was so easy, but I do have a learning curve with how much hot glue to use. Do you think fabric glue would work as well? Or would it take too long to set up?

    1. Hi Linda! So glad you were able to make some. I try and use as little glue as possible when folding and then add more when I wrap the ribbon around the center. Fabric glue may work… but you would probably have to hold it awhile longer. Hope that helps. After you’ve made about 5 you get the hang of it. 🙂 {hugs}

  9. Wow, this is so interesting stuff to make. I will make this one for my little angel. Thanks for sharing this wonderful stuff to do.

  10. Omg! looks so easy and fun just can’t wait to try it. How many inches would it be for a eleven year old?

  11. Made these bows at a baby shower. Loved the idea so much using it at new baby shower. Thank u so much for sharing. Thinking of trying to make bowties for the boys for all of the ladies having boys.

  12. Thanks! Loved your tutorial. Would have enjoyed seeing the back of the clips glued together, but still a great simple tutorial! =)

  13. I was looking for very easy bows for my younger daughter to wear to school–these are perfect! P.S. My daughter used to have the exact same dress that the little girl is wearing in your last photo. So cute!

  14. Hello, I was just wondering if I wanted to make and sell these hair bows, how much should I sell them for? I was thinking $1 dollar.

  15. Thanks for the tutorial– I had to make about 50 of these for a cosplay. I sewed them instead of hot gluing (which was probably more trouble than it was worth). xx

    1. We just used the clips we liked best for our hair! You can cut the ribbon a little longer or shorter, as you prefer. 🙂

  16. Hi, Thank you for this, I just made a bow for my daughter from a Peppa Pig cake ribbon that I had left over and it looks great……can’t wait to show it to her later!! 

  17. This looks like such an easy project and I know my granddaughter would love them.  I just have one problem:  what is an “alligator hair clip”?  Is it the type of clip that you open by pressing two metal pieces on one end to open the clip?  Or is it something else.