My sister, Brooke, came up with this great idea for a baby girl gift after she had her first daughter. She wasn't happy with any of the hair bows she found in the stores, so she decided to make her own. What she came up with was a tailored bow on a band, like this:She has gotten so many compliments on these bows, and they're so easy that I have started throwing in a few with baby girl presents.
To make them, you will need scissors, ribbon, small (baby) ponytail holders, a glue gun, and a ruler.If you're making them for a specific baby, use the ribbon to measure around their head. If you're making them for a gift, you can use this handy chart to figure out the average head circumference of a baby of a given age. Cut the ribbon to the length of the baby's head's circumference. (No need to add length to account for turning the ends under, the ponytail holder will make up for it.)
Put a line of glue across the very end of the ribbon, and fold the end over. Do this on the other side, too.Now slide one end through the ponytail holder, add a line of glue (again on the very end of the ribbon), and fold the end over the ponytail holder. Do the same on the other side.
Now you should have the headband.To make the bow, cut a few inches of ribbon (I use 5-6, but you can play around with the bow size to figure out what you like). Find the middle of the ribbon. Then put a line of glue on one end, fold it slightly past the middle, and press. Take the other end, put a line of glue on it, and fold it slightly past the middle so that the two ends overlap.Now, glue the bow to the headband. I normally glue mine in the middle, but you could glue it off to the side if you want.
Then take a small section of ribbon long enough to wrap around the middle of the bow and headband. Glue and fold one end over, like in the first step. Then, take the unfolded end and glue it underneath the headband. Wrap the section around the headband and bow, and glue the other end underneath.
That's it! Easy and cheap!
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