Patriotic Stacked Flower

Easy, fun red/white/blue 4th of July, patrtiotic flower clip!  This is so very easy and fun.  These themed flower clips would be great for Memorial Day, 4th of July 24th of July (Utah) and even Labor Day!  Plus the colors just go great together, don’t they?  Hair Flowers are so incredibly easy to make.  You will be so glad that you bought a bunch of our artificial fake flowers and rhinestones.  You can choose from Lilies, Daisies and Peonies.

Red/White/Blue Hair ClipsThis is a fun, fast thing to make with a group or just on your own. And there are lots of different variations. You can use many different colors and stack the petals in different ways for different looks. You can also add ribbons, tulle, or different centers. The possibilities are nearly endless!

You will need:

Bulk Flower Heads of your choice (I used a red and a white daisy with crystal center and a navy and royal blue lily with crystal center).

Needle and Thread (Not Shown–Optional, but highly recommended)

Glue Gun and Stick (Not Shown)

Directions:

Start by taking all of your flower heads apart. You can throw away the plastic stem pieces (or keep them if you can think of a use for them). I started by popping the stem off of the back with my finger, then it was relatively easy to take all of the pieces apart.

Once you have your petals all apart, start playing around with how you want them stacked so you can put your flower together. I ended up with a large white daisy petal, then a large red daisy petal, another large white daisy piece, a navy blue lily petal, a royal blue lily petal, a medium red daisy petal, and finally a small white daisy petal. But, maybe you prefer to show more red than white. Play around with it until you like the way it looks.

When you have them stacked in the order that you want them, line the center holes up together so that you can see through the entire center of your flower. This will ensure that your flower will look centered and straight.

Take your needle and thread and just use a tacking stitch to sew all of your petals together. Now, I said the needle and thread were optional. This is because I hot glued all of my petals together. And it worked great. BUT–I got a big ole blister on my finger tip! Umm..painful!

The petals are pretty thin. So pressing the hot glue with your fingers is a bit dangerous. In hindsight I would have sewn them together. That being said, you can use hot glue at your own risk. Although, craft glue or fabric glue would probably work as well. You just need to let it sit and dry longer.

Moving on–now that you have all of your petals secured together, just hot glue one of the rhinestone crystal embellishments back on to the center of your flower. Voila! Super cute and patriotic accessory!

Patriotic 4th of July Hair Flower

You can glue this to a pin, snap clip, alligator clip, headband, or almost any other accessory. You can sew it to a purse before gluing your center on. Again, lots of possibilities!  These make absolutely darling baby headbands.  Don’t forget that infant headbands make the outfit!

Have fun, and stay tuned for more fun craft tutorials here at Always Underpay!

Patriotic Sparkler Bow!

Who wants to see how I made this fabulous 4th of July themed boutique bow?  Isn’t this just so festive?  I love patriotic and red/white/blue items, especially on little girls.

Patriotic Hairbow

I actually have some cousins with daughters (lucky ladies!) who are going to be entering a local children’s parade. They are planning on a patriotic theme for their group, so they had asked me if I could teach them how to make some cute patriotic themed bows.

So, this is for them–and of course–for you!

You will Need:

1 Boutique Bow–tutorial at this link

1 Stacker Bow–tutorial at this link

1 8CM Lined French Clip–tutorial at this link

A Few Pieces of Star Wire Garland

A Rhinestone or Center Embellishment (optional)

A Scrap Piece (maybe 6″8″ long) of 3/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon

About 12″ of String

Hot Glue Gun and Glue Stick (not shown)

Directions:

Start by hot gluing your stacker bow to your boutique bow–center to center.

Lay your pieces of wire garland in a straight horizontal line center to your bow. Use the string to tie them to your bow nice and tight.

Now your thinking, “that is not cute” lol. That’s what this next step will take care of.

Pull your wire garland and fan it out on each side of the center string. Trim it up if you’ve made your pieces too long for your liking.

Now hot glue that scrap piece of coordinating 3/8″ grosgrain ribbon to the center of your bow like so. This piece will hide that ugly string you used in the last step.

Now flip your bow over to the backside. Take the center bar out of your lined french clip and hot glue it to the center of the back of your bow.

Wrap your 3/8″ grosgrain ribbon up and hot glue it to the french clip. Then trim the end off and run a lighter over it to heat seal it from unraveling. Do this to both ends of the ribbon.

Put the center bar back into your clip.

This is actually very cute without any center embellishments. So, you could just leave it this way.

4th of July Hairbow

Or, you can be like me, and just have to add a little more bling.

So, I hot glued the rhinestone to the center of my bow.

Voila! Done–isn’t it just adorable?

Red/White/Blue Hairbow

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How to Make a Stacked Bow

This tutorial is going to make use of all those other bow tutorials I’ve been teaching you with the last couple of weeks! We’re going to put all of those pieces together to make this nice big stacked bow!

Of course, if you don’t like it this big, you can leave any part of it out that you like. I just like a nice big bow.

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You will need:

**Note** For a complete list of items needed to make the pieces of this stacked bow, click on the highlighted links on the piece name. That will take you to an older post of how to make the piece you are clicking on.

1 Boutique Bow (minus the finishing ribbon and clip)

1 Loopy Surrounder Bow

1 Layered Spike Bow (minus the finishing ribbon and clip)

1 Topper Bow (minus the finishing ribbon)

Lined French Clip (or you can leave it unlined, whatever you prefer)

1 Scrap Piece of Coordinating Ribbon

Scissors

Lighter (not shown)

Glue Gun and Sticks (not shown)

Directions:

Start by putting a good dab of hot glue on the back of your loopy surrounder bow.

Now glue it to your boutique bow as shown below. Or sideways if you like. It’s totally up to you. Careful not to burn yourself!

Make sure you put some pressure on the spot with the glue and give it a minute or so to dry before moving onto the next step. We need this thing to be sturdy!

Next, using a good fair amount of glue in the center (because this piece is pretty bulky), hot glue your layered spikey bow on top of the loopy surrounder bow.

Again, put some pressure on it with your fingers and hold for a minute or so.

You could stop here and finish off. But, since this is a stacked bow, and I need to use those pieces you’ve learned to make, let’s hot glue that topper bow in the center of your layered spike bow.

Looking cute! Now for finishing up!

Take your scrap ribbon piece and tie a knot in the center. Or you can just leave it straight if you like. Glue the lengthwise center of that piece to the vertical center of your bow.

Now take the bar out of the center of your french clip and hot glue it to the back of your bow.

Take the tails on that scrap piece of ribbon and wrap them around the back of your bow.

Hot glue the ends to the underside of your french clip. Trim the ends off and heat seal with your lighter.

*TIP* Use your lighter to burn off any flyaway glue pieces. Just run it lightly and quickly  over them–don’t linger or you’ll burn the ribbon or your hand!

Now you can put the bar back into your french clip and we’re done!

Don’t you just love it? Your turn! Give it a go. It isn’t as hard as it looks.  Don’t forget, this would look absolutely darling slipped through a crochet headbandBaby headbands are just getting so fun, aren’t they?

Tutorial: How to Make a Boutique Bow

Today’s tutorial is on how to make a boutique bow. I used to be pretty intimidated by these bows. I thought they looked hard, but they are actually pretty darn easy, so I’m excited to share that with you today!

Boutique Bow

You will need:

Boutique Bow SuppliesAbout a 30″ Length of 1.5″ Grosgrain Ribbon

A Small Scrap of 3/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon

 Lined Alligator Clips

Some String

Scissors

A Lighter

Glue Gun and Glue Stick (not pictured)

Directions:

Start by laying your ribbon out horizontally flat in front of you. Then take one end of the ribbon and make a loop by pulling the end up and around the flat ribbon.

Now take the other end of ribbon and make a second loop on the other side like this:

Next, bring up that longer piece on the right in the above picture and make another loop that curls under. This part is a bit tricky–you need to tuck the tail of this loop under the tail on the first loop. I hope that makes sense because I couldn’t really get a good photo to illustrate. I did try though.

Below is a picture of the backside of the bow at this point.

Now bring the tail back up and make your last loop curving the tail up through the center of the bow.

Next smoosh the center of your bow together sort of like an accordian.

Wrap the string tightly around the center to keep your bow from unraveling. Once you are comfortable that the bow is secure, tie a knot in the string and trim any loose ends off.

Trim up the tails on your bow. I like to cut mine into V shapes.

At this point you should heat seal the ends of the tails on your bow. Just run a lighter lightly over the V shape cuts you made to prevent the ribbon from unraveling. It doesn’t take much heat–you will see it happen. Be careful not to burn yourself!

Now glue your lined clip to the back of your bow.

Almost done. Next, glue your scrap piece of 3/8″ ribbon around the front of your bow and over the back side of your alligator clip. Trim up the ends and heat seal the 3/8″ ribbon end. Done! Super cute and easy to make bow!

Boutique Bow Tutorial

**Note**This bow is the 2nd piece in a 6 part series that ends in a stacked bow tutorial. The other pieces in the series are:

Step 1: Lined French Clip

Step 2: Boutique Bow

Step 3: Loopy Surrounder Bow,

Step 4: Layered Spikey Bow

Step 5: Topper Bow

Step 6: Putting it all together Stacked Bow

Thank you for taking a look at our hairbow tutorial, directions and patterns.  They are free for you to use.  Our online tutorials are to help you make cheer bows for cheerleaders and cheerleading.  They are also great for little girls.  Making bows is fun and the possibilities are endless.  Come look at our shop to purchase grosgrain ribbon for your hairbows, or to look at our hair bows that are for sale.

Tutorial: Layered Spike Bow

I have to say, this is my favorite bow tutorial so far. I hadn’t really expected it to turn out so well, but I just love it. And now I get to teach all of you how to do it!

Layered Spike Bow

You will need:

Layered Spike Bow SuppliesRibbon pieces–measurement and qty purely depend on how big you want your bow and how many layers you’d like. I ended up with 4 layers. I didn’t use the lime green 5/8″ ribbon pictured.

Scissors

String

A Lighter

Directions:

Start by cutting your ribbon pieces down to the length that you want them. As I said above, the length you need depends totally on how you want your bow to look. My bow ended up at about 4.5″ wide. The Pink layer on bottom was cut at 5″ before trimming and sealing. Then I cut each layer a little bit smaller than the one under it. I didn’t use the lime green ribbon 5/8″ ribbon because I just thought there were enough layers without it.

Then, cut the ends how you like them to look. I like mine in V cuts. So that’s how I cut them except the 3/8″ swiss dot ribbon. I just angle cut that because it was too small.

This is how I V cut. Fold your ribbon in half, then cut from the fold down toward the corners on the end. Perfect V every time.

Now heat seal all of your ends. This takes some time, but don’t skip it unless you want your ribbon to fray. Just run a lighter really quickly over all of the V-cut ends. Don’t linger–you will start to burn the ribbon (speaking from experience :)).

Take the ribbons that will go on bottom and crease fold them in the center like this:

Still holding your first creased ribbon, do the second and third ones the same way–holding all of them tight.

Now, hold them together and wrap the string tightly around the center. Tie a knot in the string and trim loose ends. That’s your first layer!

Do this to all of your other ribbons putting them together as you see fit–no rules here.

Next, take your glue gun and glue the layers together in the center where the string is tied one by one, stacking them on top of one another.

Tie more string around the entire stack to help keep it from falling apart in some poor little girl’s hair.

Now just hot glue a small piece of coordinating 3/8″ ribbon around the center and heat seal the ends. Voila–super sweet layered spikey bow!

Layered Spike Bow**Note**This bow is the 4th piece in a 6 part series that ends in a stacked bow tutorial. The other pieces in the series are:

Step 1: Lined French Clip

Step 2: Boutique Bow

Step 3: Loopy Surrounder Bow,

Step 4: Layered Spikey Bow

Step 5: Topper Bow

Step 6: Putting it all together Stacked Bow.  If you don’t have time, or want to purchase all of the supplies, we do have a lot of hair bows for sale.  We have a huge selection of wholesale, cheap hairbows that you can purchase.

Tutorial: How to Line a French Clip

How to line a French ClipI never knew how to do this, and honestly never thought of doing it. But my niece had a bow with a lined french clip in her hair the other day that just seemed like it looked a lot more ‘finished’ than an exposed one.

So I decided to find out how to do it. And today I pass that knowledge onto you!

You will need:

How to line a french clip suppliesFrench Clip (this one is 8 CM, or 80MM)

3/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon Piece (this one is about 8″ in length)

Scissors

Glue Gun and Sticks (not pictured)

Lighter (not pictured)

Directions:

Start by taking the center bar out of your clip being careful not to bend it like I did :)

Now place a dab of hot glue on the inside of one end on your clip. It doesn’t really matter which end.

Stick one end of your ribbon in on top of the hot glue pretty side up. This actually may be easier if you put the ribbon in first and then put the hot glue under it once you have it in position. Hindsight………….

Turn your clip over and run a bead of glue down the length of your clip.

Wrap your ribbon around the end and over the glue adhering it to the clip.

Wrap the ribbon around to the back again and under the little prongs on your clip.

Run a bead of hot glue down the length of the inside of the clip, pull the ribbon taught and press it down onto the hot glue adhering the ribbon to the clip.

Trim off any excess ribbon  and use your lighter to heat seal the ends. Just run a flame over the exposed end quickly–don’t linger or it will burn your ribbon.

Now just put your center bar back in (carefully), and voila! Wasn’t that easy? And I just think it really makes your hair bows a lot more finished and professional looking.

Thanks for visiting, and make sure to come back often for more fun ideas and tips!

How to line a French Clip

**Note**This is the 1st piece in a 6 part series that ends in a stacked bow tutorial. The other pieces in the series are:

Step 1: Lined French Clip

Step 2: Boutique Bow

Step 3: Loopy Surrounder Bow,

Step 4: Layered Spikey Bow

Step 5: Topper Bow

Step 6: Putting it all together Stacked Bow