Tis the season for spending all your money on glittery sweaters and gifts for friends and family! I usually go way insane-crazy-over-budget during the holiday season. $300 sweater for my partner? Perfect! Debt for the next six months? Great!
But this year, I’m trying really hard to rein myself in and make more homemade gifts. I’ve been brainstorming cute gift ideas since October, and I think after a few trial runs, I’ve found a pretty solid favourite.
Sorry for the spoiler, people that I love, but this year, you’re probably getting hair bows.
Not just any hair bows, though! These hair bows are classic and velvety, making them the perfect accessory to pop into your hair this holiday season.
If you somehow found my last hair bow DIY challenging, this is the tutorial for you. No pinching, scrunching or fluffing involved: just easy-peasy glue and fold. I made three in 15 minutes.
•1 13-inch piece of velvet ribbon (15 inches if the ribbon is really wide)
•1 barette (available at craft and fabric stores)
•1 hot glue gun
•1 pair of sharp (ideally fabric) scissors
Yup, that’s it!
Heat up your glue gun while you cut the ribbon into 3 pieces. One should be long, then the next about an inch or two shorter, and the last very small (just long enough to be able to fold around the other ribbons). If you’re using a 13-inch piece, this will probably measure out to something like one 6-inch piece, one 5 inch piece, and one 2 inch piece (which you may have to trim down later).
Lay the two longer pieces out velvety side down. Find/measure out a middle point, and apply a little patch of glue. Then carefully fold each side of the ribbon into the middle, so that the ribbon is joined in the middle with little loops either side.
Glue the smaller looped ribbon onto the bigger looped ribbon. To hide the ugly glued bits, I glued them together in the middle with the messy parts facing inwards.
Just imagine the smaller one is lying directly on top of the bigger one. They’re totally cuddling.
Glue the barrette onto the back of the big ribbon. If you feel the need, there are tiny holes to sew the barrette onto the ribbon for extra stability, but the glue holds really strongly so you absolutely don’t need to sew. Let’s not make things more complicated than they have to be, right?
Take the last tiny piece of ribbon and wrap it around the flat middle part of the bow you’ve created. Glue it at the front to hold it in the position you like, then glue the ends down on the back side (backside details visible in the above photo).
That’s it! You have an adorably festive hair accessory to share with the ones you love… or hoard for yourself!