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How to make a bow board!thrift shop finds

I found this beauty at goodwill on DOLLAR day! Yup that’s right ONE dollar! I couldn’t believe it hadn’t been snatched up already. The picture was NOT my style, but I loved the detail on the frame. I knew with a little spray paint magic it would be perfect.

p.s. Sorry the lighting is bad, I took these at night.

how to spray paint

Can you believe 1 dollar for this beauty?! It’s been forever since I’ve been to goodwill, but now I’m getting anxious to go.

Bow board tutorial:

glue gun

Okay onto the tutorial…

First things first in making your bow board. Find a large frame and remove the picture and cardboard. Keep the cardboard. That will be your backing. Then give the frame a few coats of spray paint.

Next you will need to find some cotton batting that will cover the entire cardboard.  I think I doubled the batting if I remember right. Then you will fold the batting over the cardboard and hot glue it down. Trim off any excess batting to remove bulk.

amy butler fabric

Next you will need to buy enough fabric to cover  the entire board. Btw I LOOVEE this fabric.


You will begin by folding the fabric over the cardboard and hot gluing it down.


When you get to the corners, make a diagonal cut.


Then fold in the other side and glue. Once your fabric is all glued down you’ll need to start gathering some ribbon.

how to make a hair bow

Measure and cut your ribbon accordingly and then glue on the back side of the cardboard.


I placed velcro dots on the ric rac to hang my velcro flowers. I make most of my flowers and place a velcro dot on the back of them, so I can interchange them. Go here for more details.


LOVE it!

hair flowers

The perfect place to hold all your hair accessories!

distressed knob

I also found this at goodwill for a dollar and thought it would be perfect to hang headbands. All I did was spray paint it blue and then distressed the edges a little. I’ve also seen these at crafts stores for 3 or 4 bucks. So with a coupon only 2 bucks. Not bad!

hair bows

Oh how I love having a little girl. They are so fun! :)

girls hair bows hair clips

So what do you think?!


hairstyle s

Much better… perfect for all my little girls hair bows and hair clips! Got to love all the frill!

**UPDATE: To see more from the nursery click here.**

Jamielyn Nye is the owner and managing editor of I Heart Nap Time. She aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. Her unique projects have been featured on many popular websites, including: BHG, Martha Stewart, Fox, ABC, People, Parents and more. When she’s not creating . . . Jamielyn loves to chase her two little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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30 Responses to “Bow Board – {How to}”

  1. Krista

    Looks so great! I am getting ready to make one too so this is perfect timing. I love the colors you chose and PS I love having a little girl too! :)

  2. Nerd Mama

    It's perfect! My little girl pulls all her bows off… but I'll remember this tutorial for the day the bows can come back!

  3. Maria Gridley

    LOVE it! HOw lucky are you to totally SCORE that frame for a dollar! Im so jelous! ;) hehe
    Great idea… love the velcro idea too! :)
    The colors you used are so yummy too! :)
    I want to make one for my daughter now! Thanks for the tutorial!
    (Agape Love Designs)

  4. val

    i love this its super sute idea! and easy!!! who doeant have those materials laying around! love it!

  5. Stacey @ Make-up and Crafts

    That is such a great idea!! Everything is all right there and no searching for hair bows! Hopefully I will get to use this idea one day!!! =)

  6. fancy nancy

    LOVE this! You make it look so easy…probably wouldn't be for me but it is worth a try!!! Oh and let me tell you I have made the brownies with the mint oreos three times!!! Talk about get behind me temptation!!

  7. piKa-pic broches

    Me encantó!! Una idea genial!!! El marco del cuadro ha ganado con el cambio con diferencia!!!

  8. Jennifer

    LOVE this project!! It turned out Awesome!!! Gotta love those finds at Goodwill!! (=

  9. Amanda

    I featured this today on my blog – todays top 20! I'd love for you to stop by! :)


  10. BabiesandBargains

    I was sitting here thinking thats cute..maybe I will try this out…THen I look over and see big puppy dog eyes..Mommy can you maked dat for me? So my daughter and I approve..Super cute!

  11. Beth Eaton

    That turned out really cute! Do you have a tutorial on how to make those flowers? I have seen them all over but can't find a tutorial for them.

  12. Erin

    Now that the holidays are over I've been wanting a new project–here it is! This is WAY too cute!

  13. Beverly @ FlamingoToes.com

    This is so cute!! I love the new look – that frame is gorgeous. What a super stylish way to hold the flowers – it looks like a piece of artwork with all them on there. ;)

  14. Rachelle @ Adventures in Creating

    What a great idea and what a great find! Can't believe that frame was only $1. Cute project!

  15. Sarah D.

    I love this! I made one for my daughter a few weeks ago but I didn't think about using a frame. I just used a canvas and it was only 8×10, so definately not big enough. I think I am going to try a framed one. Love the variety of hair flowers you have too, your daughter must be the cutest :)

  16. Kara

    Boy have I missed your projects! This turned out awesome! I made something similar, but without the backing….I LOVE the fabric covered backing idea! And the velcro?? GENIUS!

  17. edee

    if i had girls i would so make one of these…perfect..especially for 1.00 when my boys and i have time in between appts we go to the goodwill to look around….lol

    love it

  18. Courtney

    looks great! i love how you added the piece for headbands! I need to do that!

  19. kris

    I was planning on making a picture board for my baby girl on the way. I already painted the frame white and I came across your idea for the bow board.Loved it!!!!! ( my frame was free even cheaper than a dollar gottta love free) I toldly copied your ric rac ribbon. The white really ties in the frame. I didn’t even know it came that big. Thank you ever so much. I should send you a pic. Its adorable.

  20. Sarah

    This is too cute! Since I’m 19, and obviously don’t have a baby girl (although, after seeing all your adorable nursery ideas, I’m so excited for one!) I’m going to make it and use it as an accessories board for my jewelry, and hair accessories (like my bows, I’m not ashamed to say I love matching my bow to my outfit!) Just a thought for those of us without little ones!