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Hair Bows for Grown-up Girls?

Updated on August 17, 2014

You bet!

Bows are so cute. They come in every style, color, and fashion imaginable. Who says they are just for little girls? Why? I protest. Having long hair and a desire to see, combined with living in a windy area requires barrettes, tie backs, ponytail holders, and all manner of hair restraints. I may be grown but I don't have to give up my bows.

Life is so cool. It just keeps throwing opportunities at me to wear bows in ways that are even considered fashion appropriate for my age bracket, which we will not be delving into in detail.

This lens will illustrate instructions that can easily be adapted for many social occasions appropriate for us big girls to wear bows. The demonstration will be one for school spirit, specifically the school spirit barrette in the introductory photograph. This same template, for lack of a better word, can be used for any holiday or special occasion by changing up the colors and center focal point.

Printable instructions and supply lists will follow the picture template demonstration. Let's bring on the bows!

Credit for images; Me, Poetvix. But please, just call me Vix.

Show your spirit and support for all those teams with bows.

Soccer, football, baseball, gymnastics, and debate, bow aren't just for cheerleaders.

There's no better way to show school spirit or support of your little one's and communities team than by flying school colors. I love to make these over the summer. In summers past, I would make a bunch. Throughout the year, I often gave them out as rewards to my female students and to volunteers. I found teachers and parents love them, as well as students.

Add a custom made bow to your hairdo to match your team's spirit shirt and go cheer your heart out.

Let's whip up one together by up-cycling an old earring.

Get out all of your supplies. - Be sure to protect your work surface, if like me working on the dining room table.

The materials used for the school spirit barrette I made for this article
The materials used for the school spirit barrette I made for this article

I selected orange, white and black because they are the school colors for the school in my area. Further, I have a set of yellow jacket earrings, the school mascot. Since I'm retiring and yellow jackets aren't exactly the kind of fashion statement I'm looking to go for, I'm going to up-cycle the earrings.

Instead of my normal saving for students and staff throughout the year, this year I'm doing something different. I remember my first year as a teacher. The school called all of us new teachers in before starting for training. They also gave us gift bags with things all teachers need like sticky notes, a pen, aspirin for a giggle, and other small stuff. It was very nice of them. So, this year I'm thinking about donating some for the incoming new teachers.

I had originally thought to use the beads to make a center in the flower bow up top. After assembling, I changed my mind. I almost always do about some part of the idea in my head when I sit down to do these things. You will notice one of these ribbons is actually a very dark blue, not black. I picked it because I know in a crowded gym, auditorium or even on the field, it will look black unless you're right up on it. I'm out of black with loops on the edge right now and didn't want to run to the store, so, I think this will work fine.

Remove the metal bowed insert from the barrette.

Remove the metal insert from the barrette back.
Remove the metal insert from the barrette back.

This makes it much easier to work with when covering. You can re-insert it after the back is covered.

Now, cover the barrette back.

Glue the primary ribbon color to the back of the barrette.
Glue the primary ribbon color to the back of the barrette.

Using a hot glue gun, attach your primary selected color to the back of the barrette. I used a 3 inch back for this project.

Now, it's time to start winding.

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Start winding the ribbon towards the clasp closest to where you glued.
Start winding the ribbon towards the clasp closest to where you glued.
Start winding the ribbon towards the clasp closest to where you glued.

Cut off the ribbon. - Fold over tightly and glue down on both ends.

After cutting, fold tight and glue down on the back for each end.
After cutting, fold tight and glue down on the back for each end.

Start the flower bow.

Assemble the flower petals.
Assemble the flower petals.

You will be putting a drop of glue on the back of each ribbon in the center. Fold each end over and press. Be careful, the glue is very hot. After making the individual petals, glue them atop each other to create the flower. I used five loops of orange, the dark blue we are calling black ;), and white.

The orange was three times the length of the barrette.

The "black" was twice the length of the barrette.

The white was the same size as the barrette.

Pull all of your petals into the party. - Assemble the largest first working upwards to the next smallest and then the last.

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Bend the earring post to make a loop around the last smallest ribbon before gluing it down.
Bend the earring post to make a loop around the last smallest ribbon before gluing it down.
Bend the earring post to make a loop around the last smallest ribbon before gluing it down.

Now, it's time to make the train.

Pull and cut them all at the same time to avoid a bunch of measuring.
Pull and cut them all at the same time to avoid a bunch of measuring.

In Texas, where I am, bigger is considered better. We are going for a very full look here. I pulled all the ribbons I wanted at one time and cut to avoid a lot of tedious measuring. I did three lengths of descending sizes. After looking at it, I picked a few ribbons I liked, such as the silver and some of the skinny orange and white ones, and cut three more of each of them in the same sizes.

The three ribbon sizes laid out.

The three different sizes of ribbons used laid out.
The three different sizes of ribbons used laid out.

Glue together this boatload of ribbons. - Start with the longest and build upwards by size.

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Keep adding in the ribbons.Glue the train to the flower bow.Affix the flower bow with train to the barrette back with three beads of glue.  It's heavy, you will need a lot.
Keep adding in the ribbons.
Keep adding in the ribbons.
Glue the train to the flower bow.
Glue the train to the flower bow.
Affix the flower bow with train to the barrette back with three beads of glue.  It's heavy, you will need a lot.
Affix the flower bow with train to the barrette back with three beads of glue. It's heavy, you will need a lot.

Tada! - This took some time.

Tada
Tada

But, I think it's worth it. It came out not too shabby. Have some fun, make something constructive and recycle an old earring in the process.

Hm. - What was I thinking?

I think I will go back and add in the bead right in the center.
I think I will go back and add in the bead right in the center.

On further consideration, it does need the bead in the middle. But, I'm finished for now. Food for future update.

Looking for a new do? - Who can ever have enough hair styles to wear their bows in?

Not only is she highly educational but her instructions are so upbeat. Really cute tutorial.

What girl can't use another hair bow?

Even tomboys whip them out on occasion.

For a super cheap way to show your school spirit or help someone else show theirs, bows give a lot of bang for the buck.

Cook Time

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 30 - 40 minutes

Serves: 1

Ingredients

  • Ribbons in the three colors you select in various widths.
  • Some shimmery ribbons to add some sparkle. (optional)
  • One old earring.
  • One 3 inch barrette back

Instructions

  1. Gather the tools needed which are scissors, a hot glue gun, two to three glue sticks and needle nose pliers.
  2. Cover your work area and get all of your materials and tools together.
  3. Remove the metal insert from the barrette back.
  4. Glue ribbon to the barrette back.
  5. Wind towards the closest clasp. Work around the clasp. Wind to the end.
  6. Start winding back the other way remembering to work around the clasp.
  7. When you get to the other end, flip the barrette and glue down the ribbon on that side.
  8. Cut the ribbon.
  9. Fold over tightly and glue down both ends to the back of the barrette.
  10. Do the cuts for the flower part of the bow. Use three colors and do sets of five in three descending sizes. Each descending size should be 1/3 less the length of the previous size.
  11. Glue the longest petals together into a flower shape stacking one atop the other.
  12. Glue the next longest petals and attach.
  13. Attach all of the smallest petals save the last one.
  14. Using needle nose pliers, bend the earring post to make a loop around the last smallest petal.
  15. Glue the last petal with earring.
  16. Cut the ribbons for the train.
  17. Hot glue the train ribbons together one at a time stacking with the longest on the bottom.
  18. Glue the train to the back of the flower bow.
  19. Glue the flower bow and now connected train to the barrette back.
  20. Celebrate! Your done. :)
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What do you think about grown up girls wearing bows, appropriate or not?

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      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @Cynthia Haltom: I agree! Thank you very much for taking the time to read and leave such a kind comment. God bless and happiest of squidding!

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      Cynthia Haltom 4 years ago from Diamondhead

      I thinks girls should wear whatever make them feel pretty.

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