Making your own hair bows and clips for your children is so simple and frugal! My daughter has never been very happy to wear a hair accessory for more than a few minutes and even used to pull them out of other little girl's hair as a baby! Now that she is two and has more hair to hold them, she will wear a clip or bow for an hour or more if she forgets it is in. She loves to hold them and can't see them when they are on her head I guess. For this reason, I have not wanted to spend much on cute little bows that will be pulled out and possibly lost. In two years I have only purchased 5 clips and bows for her and we are now down to 2. With her hair in a growing out stage it was time to do something!
So I ordered Alligator Clipsonline (my local beauty supply store did not have what I was looking for) and went to my favorite fabric store for ribbon. I purchased a small bag full of ribbon for around $20 and the box of 80 clips was about $13 shipped. Despite my desire to keep chemicals out of our home, I did break down and purchase fray check when I realized that the non toxic glue I planned to treat the ends with would not securely keep the ribbons from fraying. Fray Check cost me roughly $3 at a local craft store and Amazon also has it. (I got rid of all my nail polish a few years ago or I would have used clear nail polish instead.) With these supplies and a hot glue gun I can make dozens of hair bows to coordinate with her outfits. The bows and clips I have purchased in the past ranged from $3 to $5 so it really is a significant savings over purchasing them pre-made. So far they have all been simple embellished clips but I hope to make some actual bows soon!
This was a great mommy craft that I enjoyed one afternoon during nap time. I ended up with 7 new bows and a holder for the wall! To make a simple bow display just cut two pieces of ribbon to your desired length. Treat the ends with clear nail polish or Fray Checkand hot glue one over the other. Sew a simple loop on the back for hanging by a nail and you are finished! This keeps your bows out to be enjoyed and easily accessed. Audrey loves her new bows and holder and I had fun making them!