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We love hair bows at our house! Especially my little girl. I think I may be in trouble. ;) She organizes them every day and picks out which one she wants to wear with each out fit. It is pretty darn cute!

Today I’m going to show you how to make a SUPER simple hair bow. These involve little to no skill {promise} and will cost you about .25 cents a bow! They are GREAT for baby shower gifts!

The possibilities are endless with these ribbon bows. There are so many fun colors and patterns to choose from. Here’s what you’ll need to get started.

Simple hair bow tutorial


  • Ribbon ( I prefer 1 – 11/2 in grosgrain ribbon ) – found mine at Hobby Lobby
  • Hair clips (found at Hobby Lobby or Sally’s)
  • Hot Glue
  • Scissors

The first thing you’ll do is cut your ribbon. For my bows I prefer 5-6 inches. If your girl is older 7 inches would be good. The longer the ribbon… the bigger the bow!

1. Fold in one end to the center and hot glue

2. Fold in the other end to meet the first one in the middle. You don’t want to use too much glue here. A little will do.

3. Place a small dot of glue in the center of the bow and pinch together.

4. Pull the ends back and glue 1/2 inch piece of ribbon around the center. You can cut 1/2 inch piece from your ribbon (make sure to use fray check or fire, so the edges don’t fray) or you can use a 1/2 inch piece of ribbon in a different color

5. Glue your alligator hair clip to the back of the bow.

Then make a hundred more! Once you get the hang of it, these will only take you a minute to make.

Look how cute they are! My little girl sure loves them. So have you made these simple hair bows? If not, give them a try.

Thanks for reading. Have a great day!!

Looking for more hair bows? Check out: Felt bow tutorial, Felt flowers, Ruffled lace flower.

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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37 Responses to “Simple hair bow tutorial”

  1. Natasha

    wow these are super cute!! and I can’t believe how easy these are to make!!
    going to be making some for my daughter for when she starts nursery in September

  2. Giana

    Is it totally crazy that I’m super excited to make these for myself? Because I am. Hello, My name is Giana and I’m a 30 year old hair bow addict. I love them, I can’t help it. I use them all the time. And Now I’m going to have millions!! :)

  3. Bambino by the Bay

    Wow! I never quite figured out how those bows are made! They are so cute and easy. Growing up we would always just tie a ribbon around our ponies, but the bows are so much better for short hair and little girls. Thanks!!

  4. Carolyn O'Connor

    Very Cute! I have 3 grand daughters that will look cute in these! Thanks for posting!… oh, and 3 great neices(one set of twins!) , and lots of friend’s grandkids…I’d better get busy! Ta ta!

  5. Amanda A

    These are so cute and I think I am going to make some for my niece. I just have a question about which way the clip is glued to the bow? Is there a upside or a downside to these clips?

  6. Margaret R

    These are very cute and fast. I may have to whip some up for my new granddaughter. Thanks for sharing your amazing talents with me.

  7. Jaina

    OMG. I have so many bows but now I can make my own with anything I want!
    Thank you so much, this is amazing :)

  8. Linda G

    Thank you! I have a little girl who loves bows, and I’ve been on the lookout for a simple way to make them. I went to Hobby Lobby yesterday bought the items needed, and made a set of bows last night. This was so easy, but I do have a learning curve with how much hot glue to use. Do you think fabric glue would work as well? Or would it take too long to set up?

    • Jamielyn

      Hi Linda! So glad you were able to make some. I try and use as little glue as possible when folding and then add more when I wrap the ribbon around the center. Fabric glue may work… but you would probably have to hold it awhile longer. Hope that helps. After you’ve made about 5 you get the hang of it. :) {hugs}

  9. Hanna Ross

    Wow, this is so interesting stuff to make. I will make this one for my little angel. Thanks for sharing this wonderful stuff to do.

  10. Leslie

    Omg! looks so easy and fun just can’t wait to try it. How many inches would it be for a eleven year old?

  11. Kaylea

    Made these bows at a baby shower. Loved the idea so much using it at new baby shower. Thank u so much for sharing. Thinking of trying to make bowties for the boys for all of the ladies having boys.