How to Make Girls' Hair Bows


Gift Box Bow with French Braid
This gift box bow is a festive way to tie off a French braid.
This gift box bow is a festive way to tie off a French braid.
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A gift box bow is a simple and stylish way to accent a French braid. This bow is versatile and easy to make.

You can top it with almost any type of novelty, and your choice of material will give you a bow that's understated or bold, elegant or expressive. Doll house shops are a terrific place to find some interesting novelties for the finishing touch.

What You'll Need:

  • Three pieces of ribbon, 1-1/2 inches wide and 10 inches long
  • Metal barrette, 2-3/4 inches long
  • Novelty wrapped packages
Glue the loop together to make it easier to handle.
Glue the loop together to make it easier to handle.
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Step 1: Overlap the ends of the ribbon 1/2 an inch to form a loop. You may want to glue the ends together to make the loops easier to handle.

Sew the middle of the bow to secure it.
Sew the middle of the bow to secure it.
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Step 2: Pinch both sides of each loop together at the center to form a bow. Sew the pinched area of each bow to secure it.

Create a pinwheel by stacking the bows.
Create a pinwheel by stacking the bows.
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Step 3: Stack and glue the three bows together at the center in a pinwheel fashion.

Glue the bow to the barrette.
Glue the bow to the barrette.
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Step 4: Glue the barrette to the bottom bow.

Use a hot glue gun to attach the novelties to the bow.
Use a hot glue gun to attach the novelties to the bow.
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Step 5: Glue novelties to the top of the bows.

Add a personal touch to your bow with a photo of your pet, your best friend, some hunky guy, or even a picture you've drawn yourself. Just glue the picture to a piece of colored cardboard and slap it on the bow.

This bow allows a girl to show off her favorite pet.
This bow allows a girl to show off her favorite pet.
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When gluing novelties to the bows, think about what direction the barrette is in. If you're putting on a picture or a message, make sure it will be right side up when the barrette is in your hair.

French braiding is a difficult technique to master. Don't be discouraged if you have trouble the first time you try it. Or the second, third, fourth, or fifth time, for that matter. Keep at it; your fingers will eventually get the hang of it.

Step 1: Comb all the hair back. Pick up a section of hair at the center front hairline and divide it into three equal strands.

Step 2: Take the right strand and cross it over the center strand so that they switch positions. Take the left strand and cross it over the new center strand so that they switch positions.

Step 3: Now comes the tricky part. Hold all three strands in your left hand. With your right hand, pick up a section of hair along the hairline to the right of the braid and add it to the right strand.

Step 4: Take this right strand and cross it over the center strand so that they switch positions.

Step 5: Now hold all three strands in the right hand. With your left hand, pick up a section of hair along the hairline to the left of the braid and add it to the left strand.

Step 6: Take this left strand and cross it over the center strand so that they switch positions.

Step 7: Continue in this way, alternating from right to left and adding new hair to each strand until all the hair has been picked up. Then continue braiding the three loose strands until all the hair is braided. Secure the braid with a coated band.

Step 8: Now take the hanging end of the braid and fold it up and under to the nape of the neck. Secure it there with hairpins.

On the next page, find out how to make an exciting plastic bow to top a herringbone braid.

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