Shabby Flower Snap Clip Tutorial + {Giveaway!}

DIY Shabby Flower Snap Clip Tutorial | Always Under Pay

Materials Needed:
Shabby Flower in Your Choice of Color
Fabric Covered Center in Your Choice of Color
Felt Circles in Your Choice of Color
5.5 CM Snap Clip
Hot Glue Gun and Glue Stick

Materials Needed Shabby Flower Snap Clip

Step One:
Put a small dab of hot glue on one of the felt circles and then glue it to the back of the flower. Make sure you don’t put too much glue on as the flower is mesh on the back side, so glue can seep through that and show through the other side. It is better to put the glue on the felt circle than the flower so as not to burn yourself.

Step One Shabby Flower Snap Clip

Step Two:
Slip the other felt circle between the prongs on the snap clip. Use a bit of hot glue to adhere it to the top side of the clip (the bigger side) as shown.

Step Two Shabby Flower Snap Clip

Step Three:
Use hot glue to adhere the fabric covered center to the middle of the shabby flower. It is easiest to put the glue on the center to avoid making a mess of the flower.

Step Three Shabby Flower Snap Clip Collage

Step Four:
Use the hot glue to adhere the two felt circles together so that the flower is on top of your clip.

Finished Shabby Flower Snap Clip Collage

Voila! A super fun, easy and cute little shabby chic hair clip.

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Shabby Flower French Clip Hair Bow Tutorial

DIY Shabby Flower French Clip Hair Bow Tutorial
Shabby Flower

Materials Needed:
Shabby Flowers in Your Choice of Color
15MM Pearlie Embellishment in Your Choice of Color
Felt Circles in Your Choice of Color
8MM French Clip (check out our tutorial here on how to line a French clip with 3/8” ribbon)
Hot Glue Gun and Glue Stick

Materials Needed Shabby Flower French Clip

Step One:
Put a small dab of hot glue on one of the felt circles and then glue it to the back of a coordinating shabby flower. Make sure you don’t put too much glue on as the flower is mesh on the back side, so glue can seep through that and show through the other side. It is better to put the glue on the felt circle than the flower so as not to burn yourself.

Step One Shabby Flower French Clip

Repeat for remaining two flowers.

Step Two:
Use hot glue to adhere the 15MM pearlie embellishment to the middle of the shabby flower. It is easiest to put the glue on the center to avoid making a mess of the flower.

Step Two Shabby Flower French Clip

Step Three:
Using the glue gun, run a small line of glue down each end on the top of the french clip. Adhere one shabby flower to each end of the clip as shown below.

StepThree Shabby Flower French Clip Collage

Step Four:
Using the glue gun, squeeze a good glob of glue onto the back of the center shabby flower that has your embellishment on it.

Step Four Shabby Flower French Clip

Then, glue your embellished flower between the other two shabby flowers and onto the center of your flower clip.

Finished Shabby Flower French Clip Back

All done! Adorable, super easy to make, and unique shabby chic flower clip for your special girl’s hair! Finished Shabby Flower French Clip Collage

Patriotic Firecracker Bow Tutorial

Patriotic Firecracker Bow DIY Tutorial

Finished

Materials Needed:
Grosgrain Ribbon (I used 3 colors in 3/8” solid and 2 colors in 7/8” polka dot)
Wire Garland of Your Choice
Glitter Tulle (or Regular Tulle)
Lined Double Prong Alligator Clip
Crystal Center Rhinestone Embellishment
String (I used crochet thread)
Scissors (not shown)
Needle and Thread (not Shown)
Glue Gun and Glue Stick (Not Shown)
Lighter (Not Shown)

Materials

Step One:
Start cutting your tulle into 5-6 5” strips. Lay them down in a rotating asterisk kind of pattern as shown below. Then, gather them in the middle, wrap your string around the center, and tie it off to make a bow-looking shape. Clip off the extra ends of your string once you have it secured.

Set this piece aside for now. We’ll come back to it.

StepOne

Step Two:
Cut your ribbon into 5.5” lengths. Then, shape the ends of them how you want them to look and use the lighter to seal the ends from fraying. Don’t hold the lighter too close or too long. I set one of mine on fire! Lol.

StepTwo

Step Three:
Stack your ribbons in crisscross patterns on top of one another. Make sure they all intersect in the center. This is important for the next part. I stacked the smaller width ones on top. Otherwise you won’t see them behind the bigger ones.

Once you have them all stacked together, use your needle and thread to sew a tack stitch in the center to hold them together.

StepThree

Step Four:
Cut a couple of strands of your wire garland to about the same length of the ribbons. Add them to your ribbon stack and tack stitch them into your bow as well. Once you feel like everything is tacked together securely, tie the stitch off in the back and clip the needle and extra string away.

StepFour

Step Five:
Going back to your tied tulle piece. Pull each of your ends around and out and up and down until you have made a shape that pleases you for the bottom of your bow. Then, using your scissors, trim off the excess length and shape it a bit.

StepFive

Step Six:
Squeeze a good glob of glue on the center of your tulle piece where your string is, and place your ribbon piece in the center of the glue. Hold it together for about 30 seconds to let it bond a bit. . I didn’t get a picture of this part. Sorry.

StepSix

Step Seven:
Hot glue the crystal center embellishment to the center of the bow (this will hide all of the stitching uglies).

StepSeven

Step Eight:
Hot glue the lined double prong alligator clip to the back center of the tulle piece.

StepEight

Voila! A fantastic hair clip for your patriotic princess, and it can be customized in any colors you like!

Finished

 

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Tutorial: Curling Ribbon French Clip

Today I’m going to show you how to make this super fun and ultra easy curling ribbon french clip. I think these would be fun to make for party favors for a group of little girls, don’t you?

Excuse the hair in this picture lol. I chose the wrong day to braid it overnight :)

You will need:

Curling Ribbon (colors of your choice)

a French Barrette

Scissors

Directions:

Start by cutting 24-30 10″ pieces of curling ribbon. I suggest using approximate equal quantities of each color you are using.

Now, take the center bowed bar out of your french clip.

Start tying your pieces of curling ribbon onto your clip. Tie them so that the knotted side is up on the top side of your clip.

Continue tying and alternating colors as you see fit. I did two strands of each color and alternated blue, red, silver.

This is what the underside looks like.

This is what it should look like once you have it all tied.

My pieces were a bit long, so I trimmed them up before the next step.

Now curl each of the ribbons with your scissors by dragging the rougher or less shiny side against the blade on your scissors.

Fluff and pull the ribbons into place however you like them.

Put your center bar back into your french clip.

All done! See how easy that was?

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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 Pony-O

With summer coming, lots of kids, including girls, will be playing a lot of different sports. So, I thought it would be fun to show you how to make these pony-o holders for ponytails since we like to have our hair up during sports, right?  They are also great for cheer and cheer leading.

Plus, this is a really great project for using up a bunch of old scraps. Or, you can make a bunch for your daughter’s whole team if you buy ribbon!

Excuse the messy hair–I only had myself for a model today :)

Cheer Pony-OYou will need:

Cheer Pony-O SuppliesScrap Ribbon pieces

Elastic Pony Holder

Scissors

Needle and Thread

Glue Gun and Stick (not shown)

Directions:

Start by cutting your ribbons all about the same length however long you’d like them to hang. If you want them to vary in length, you can trim them up after you are done.

Now, stack your ribbons however you want them to look. I put my wider black ribbon on the bottom then stacked them up according to width. But you can do it however you like.

Gather your ribbons in about the center–you don’t have to be perfect. Just approximate.

Take your needle and thread and sew a basic basting stitch down the center of your ribbons making sure to catch them all in there at least once. This will just make sure that when your little girl is wearing this, the ribbons won’t slide out or become uneven.

Once you have pulled your thread through, you can take the needle off. Or you can use it to aid in tying. I tend to poke myself, so I take it off :)  Leave some tails on each side of your ribbons with the thread to use for wrapping.

Now fold your ribbons down the center accordion style, like so:

Wrap the thread around the folds until you feel it is fairly secure.Don’t tie off yet though.

Now hot glue your ponytail holder to the backside on the center of your ribbon bunch being careful not to get hot glue on your ribbons like I did :(

Wrap the thread tails around the ponytail holder and ribbons just to help secure it a little bit more. When you’re comfortable that it is good and secure, tie the tails together in a knot or two and snip the leftover ends off.

Take a scrap piece of ribbon (for wrapping around the center of your pony-o, and tie a knot in the center. I tied two because my ribbon was small.

Hot glue the knot to where you want the front top of your pony-o to be. Then trim the ends however short they need to be to wrap around the pony-o and elastic ponytail holder. Hot glue the ends around the center of your pony-o holder.All that’s left to do now is trim up your ends however you want them. You’ll want to heat seal those lightly with a lighter or other heat source to keep them from fraying as well.

Some people add rhinestones or other fun little things by hot-gluing them to your ribbons too. Make it yours!

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.

Tulle Bow

Today I’m going to teach you how to make this fun tulle bow. These are so easy and inexpensive, you could make one to match all of your little girl’s outfits!

Tulle Hairbow

You will Need:

Tulle Bow SuppliesTulle (This comes on our website on 6″X25′ rolls for $2.25 each!)

3/8 Grosgrain Ribbon for center (I probably used less than 2″)

Lined Alligator Clips (these are available on our website in double or single prong in lots of colors)

String

Small cardboard piece (This one is 5.5″ long and about 3.5″ wide–the width doesn’t really matter.)

Scissors

Glue Gun and Glue Stick (not shown)

Directions:

Start by taking your tulle and wrapping it lengthwise around the cardboard. I wrapped mine all the way around 10 times. But I think may be a couple less might have been better :(

When you feel like you have enough tulle on there, cut both ends straight down the width of the tulle giving you a stack of squarish looking tulle pieces.

Now squish your tulle together in the middle and tie it up with string really tight.

Start fluffing out your tulle til you like the way it looks. Trim it up on each side if you have pieces that are sticking out or too long.

Glue your alligator clip to the back of your bow with the hot glue gun.

Now, to finish off this cuteness, glue a small piece of your grosgrain ribbon around the center of your bow to hide the string and just look cute. You can do this before you attach your clip or after. I find that if you do it after, it helps the clip stay in fine hair a little bit better.

Finished Tulle BowVoila–you have a fun and easy cute hair bow!  You can attach it to a baby headband, crochet headband, or just straight into the hair!  You could even attach glue it straight onto a tutu to add some more colors to the tutu.