Simple hair bow tutorial


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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.

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Jamielyn Nye

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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  1. Nikki posted on August 15, 2012 at 12:44 pm (#
    ) easy and so cute!!
    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Heather posted on August 15, 2012 at 1:02 pm (#

    Wow – this actually looks easy, i’m going to try it!! Thanks :)

  3. Smart! School {House} posted on August 15, 2012 at 1:32 pm (#

    I just adore these! And the fact that they are “no-sew”…..Oh, my! I will be making these (already pinned it!).

  4. Natasha posted on August 15, 2012 at 2:17 pm (#

    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

  5. Giana posted on August 15, 2012 at 2:33 pm (#

    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!! :)

    • Jamielyn posted on August 18, 2012 at 1:11 am (#

      I love bows too!! Everyone will be jealous of your bows! ;)

  6. Bambino by the Bay posted on August 15, 2012 at 2:57 pm (#

    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!!

  7. Carolyn O'Connor posted on August 15, 2012 at 4:10 pm (#

    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!

  8. Amanda A posted on August 15, 2012 at 9:52 pm (#

    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?

    • Jamielyn posted on August 18, 2012 at 1:09 am (#

      Hi Amanda! I put the glue on the arched part of the clip which is the top. Hope that helps. Have a great weekend!

  9. Margaret R posted on August 16, 2012 at 6:32 am (#

    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.

    • Jamielyn posted on August 18, 2012 at 1:10 am (#

      Thanks for your comment Margaret! Have a great weekend! :)

  10. kara posted on August 16, 2012 at 8:46 am (#

    So cute!

  11. Eva Scott posted on August 16, 2012 at 6:27 pm (#

    Seems easy enough. Thanks!

  12. Jaina posted on August 16, 2012 at 6:52 pm (#

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

  13. Linda G posted on August 17, 2012 at 6:41 am (#

    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 posted on August 18, 2012 at 1:01 am (#

      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}

  14. Hanna Ross posted on August 21, 2012 at 5:25 am (#

    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.

  15. Liz @ IHeartVegetables posted on September 24, 2012 at 9:23 am (#

    Ah! I just found your blog and I love it! (and I love the name, haha great minds think alike!!!)

  16. Mikaela posted on September 30, 2012 at 12:44 pm (#

    These are so easy and fun to make!

  17. kendell posted on October 5, 2012 at 5:13 am (#

    Thanks ever so much for sharing this tutorial. Kindest regards

  18. Nueyer posted on October 6, 2012 at 7:32 pm (#

    Awwww…… so sweet……

  19. Raegan posted on October 18, 2012 at 11:07 pm (#

    I’m addicted!

  20. Kelli posted on November 2, 2012 at 7:47 pm (#

    Wishing I had a little girl to try these out on!

  21. kelley posted on January 8, 2013 at 9:24 am (#

    what size is the ribbon did i miss that… awesome bows =)

    • Jamielyn posted on January 8, 2013 at 2:43 pm (#

      Hi Kelly! I used 1 1/2 in ribbon, but 1 inch works great too. :)

  22. MariaElena posted on January 20, 2013 at 6:08 am (#

    Beautiful, so easy will start making some

  23. Leslie posted on March 10, 2013 at 8:22 am (#

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

    • Jamielyn posted on March 10, 2013 at 11:35 am (#

      They’re cute and easy! I would say 7-8 inches would be good. :)

  24. Jamie M posted on June 22, 2013 at 7:16 pm (#

    Thank you for sharing!!!!

  25. Katy Jo posted on August 20, 2013 at 8:19 am (#

    Are you able to do this with ribbon that has a pattern on only one side?

    • Jamielyn posted on August 20, 2013 at 7:11 pm (#

      Yeah definitely! :)

  26. Kaylea posted on October 27, 2013 at 9:19 pm (#

    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.

    • Jamielyn posted on October 31, 2013 at 2:46 pm (#

      These would be so fun to make at a baby shower, they are so simple! Aw, little bowties would be darling too!

  27. Hannah Milhorn posted on March 4, 2014 at 9:47 am (#

    My duaghter and I did these and she finished 20 in an hour for her softball team

    • Jamielyn posted on March 5, 2014 at 5:08 pm (#

      Nice job! I’m sure her softball team LOVED them! :)

  28. Aniebiet posted on June 20, 2014 at 8:31 am (#

    Wow! Looks great, yet real easy to make. Thank you for sharing.

  29. Mari posted on August 1, 2014 at 11:01 pm (#

    Thanks! Loved your tutorial. Would have enjoyed seeing the back of the clips glued together, but still a great simple tutorial! =)

  30. Lindsay posted on August 23, 2014 at 8:14 pm (#

    I was looking for very easy bows for my younger daughter to wear to school–these are perfect! P.S. My daughter used to have the exact same dress that the little girl is wearing in your last photo. So cute!

    • Jamielyn posted on September 11, 2014 at 12:43 am (#

      I love making these little bows! They are kind of addicting once you get started because they are so simple. I hope you enjoy making these for your little girl!

  31. Breanna Guerrero posted on September 10, 2014 at 3:59 pm (#

    i love these!!! what size clips did you use?

    • Jamielyn posted on September 22, 2014 at 1:49 pm (#

      Hi Breanna! I believe these are the 1 inch clips. :)

  32. Tasha Terry posted on January 17, 2015 at 10:44 pm (#

    I love the turorials, thanks for sharing. 

    • Jamielyn posted on January 19, 2015 at 9:58 pm (#

      So glad you liked them!

  33. Heidi posted on March 17, 2015 at 4:18 pm (#

    Hello, I was just wondering if I wanted to make and sell these hair bows, how much should I sell them for? I was thinking $1 dollar.

    • Jamielyn posted on March 21, 2015 at 6:16 pm (#

      I think $1 is a good price! :)

  34. Jessica McDonald posted on July 1, 2015 at 6:47 pm (#

    Thanks for the tutorial– I had to make about 50 of these for a cosplay. I sewed them instead of hot gluing (which was probably more trouble than it was worth). xx

  35. Charoula posted on October 4, 2015 at 6:17 am (#

    Thank you, it was very easy to make these hair bows. My nieces are very happy and every time they see me, we spent our time to make  hair bows.

  36. Jessica Allen posted on October 30, 2015 at 6:57 pm (#

    What size of clips did you use? 1 1/4 or 1 3/4?

    • Laura Capello posted on October 31, 2015 at 12:58 pm (#

      We just used the clips we liked best for our hair! You can cut the ribbon a little longer or shorter, as you prefer. :)

  37. Jenny posted on April 22, 2016 at 8:31 am (#

    Hi, Thank you for this, I just made a bow for my daughter from a Peppa Pig cake ribbon that I had left over and it looks great……can’t wait to show it to her later!! 

  38. Karen Little posted on January 10, 2017 at 7:15 pm (#

    This looks like such an easy project and I know my granddaughter would love them.  I just have one problem:  what is an “alligator hair clip”?  Is it the type of clip that you open by pressing two metal pieces on one end to open the clip?  Or is it something else.

    • I Heart Naptime posted on January 11, 2017 at 7:22 am (#

      Correct! The little clip with a pinch on one side and a bigger “mouth” on the other. :)