This plastic bow glitters with sequins inside.

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Plastic Bow with Herringbone Braid

A plastic bow that acts as frame to display trinkets is a sassy way to top off a herringbone braid. The design offers you a window to display whatever special effects you can think of, and the clear vinyl forms a "pocket" for your decorations to swim around in.

In this version, the sequins will sparkle and shine with your every little movement.

What You'll Need:
  • Clear vinyl, 6 inches x 14 inches
  • Netting, 16 inches x 18 inches
  • Sequins
  • Craft wire
  • 2-3/4 inch barrette

To begin making this bow, fold the vinyl.

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Step 1: Fold both ends of the vinyl over to the middle and overlap them 1/2 an inch.

Iron the vinyl to create a seal.

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Step 2: Run a medium iron over the bottom 1/4 inch of the vinyl to seal it closed. Use only the edge of the iron and work slowly to be sure you get a straight, complete seal.

Pour the sequins into the netting and insert it into the vinyl.

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Step 3: Cut a 2 inch x 18 inch strip off the netting and set the strip aside. Bunch up the remaining netting and put it inside the vinyl. Fan the netting out as needed. Pour the sequins into the vinyl and spread them around.

Iron the edges of the vinyl closed.

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Step 4: Run a medium iron over the top 1/4 inch of the vinyl to seal it closed.

Pinch the vinyl to make the bow shape.

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Step 5: Pinch the vinyl together at the center to form a bow.

Secure the shape of the bow with craft wire.

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Step 6: Wrap craft wire around the center of the bow to secure it. Wrap the strip of netting around the center of the bow several times and tie it securely. Trim any excess netting.

Fix the bow to the barrette with glue.

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Step 7: Glue the barrette to the back of the bow.

Here's a different way you can create this bow: Make it your very own aquatic ecosystem, complete with multicolored fish, crystal "bubbles," and a few shells. This one-of-a-kind tropical seascape is definitely a conversation piece!

This plastic bow features a tiny aquarium, complete with fish!

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A herringbone braid looks intricate and complicated, but it's similar to a French braid. Follow these instructions to create this style:

Step 1: Fasten a ponytail at the nape of the neck with a coated band. Divide the ponytail into two equal sections and hold in the left hand. Using your right hand, separate a small section of hair from the back of the right strand.

Step 2: Cross this section over to the left strand so that it becomes a part of the left strand. Run your right hand down the length of the left strand to smooth the hair together.

Step 3: Move the two strands into your right hand and hold. Using your left hand, separate a small section of hair from the back of the left strand and cross it over to the right strand so that it becomes a part of the right strand.

Step 4: Alternating from the right strand to the left strand, continue separating small sections from the back of each strand and crossing them over to the other strand all the way down the ponytail. Secure the end with a coated band.

On the next page you'll find out how to make the classic bow made out of ribbon and how to create the more complex French underbraid hairstyle.

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