Monday, October 15, 2012


Making a Bow DIY

I'm back from vacation, relaxed and ready to be creative! Sitting in my mailbox when I got home was a package from my sponsor Shop Thinking of U! They sent me some alligator clips and grippys which they have available on their site along with some cute ribbon. The grippys are made out of the same material that you line your shelves with, or place under your rug to keep it from sliding. To be honest, I was a little doubtful that they would work but I was wrong..they do! Lilly has almost no hair and with the help of the grippy the alligator clip stays in her hair without a problem!

After a few attempts I was satisfied with how my bow turned out. Its super easy and I finished within 15 minutes!!

Here's what you'll need to make a bow:
  1. One Alligator clip (They can be found here)
  2. One Grippy (this is optional, suggested if your child has fine hair, they can be found here
  3. One piece of ribbon that is 18 inches long
  4. Hot glue gun and hot glue
  5. Button

First, cut your ribbon into 5 pieces that are all 3.5 inches long

How to make a bow

Next, glue one end of the ribbon to the center

Then glue the other end of the ribbon to the center also, so that the two ends meet.

Do this to three of your other ribbon pieces so that you have 4 pieces that look like the above picture

Then hot glue one of the pieces on top of the other piece

Do the same thing with your third and fourth pieces of ribbon, forming a flower.

When you're done, your flower should look like the picture above, with all four pieces of ribbon glued together.

You should have one 3.5 inch piece left, which you will glue to the top of your alligator clip. You will probably need to cut it so that it is just long enough to fold over each end.

Next glue your grippy to the back side of the top of the clip. The picture below is the clip upside down so that you can see how the grippy is installed. Nothing is glued to the back prong of the alligator clip. Both the ribbon and the grippy are glued to the front prong, which in the picture below, is touching the table.

Finally, if you'd like, glue a coordinating button to the center of your flower and then glue your flower to the alligator clip.

Make your own bow

DIY Bow making

Bow Tutorial Alligator Clips


  1. This is really cute! I'm always looking for Bow Tutorials...thanks.

  2. Just visiting as a fellow guest from Danielle's Sunday Blog Hop! A little late, but better that than never. Enjoyed this post, and think your little one looks lovely with her new hair decoration!

    Will be following, to see what you get up to next, and meanwhile would like to invite you over to my blog at Think you would both enjoy the visit, and we'd all love to see you there! If you'd care to Follow us too, and comment, that would be terrific!

    All the best. Isobel

  3. Homa Style is having a Simple Holiday Gift Idea Link Party. Your bow is sweet and would be perfect as a holiday gift wrapping idea. Please join the link party at Homa Style.
    Here’s the link
    Hope to see you there!