I stumbled upon a first-world problem the other day and needed a solution pronto! I had collected too many hair bows for Hadley (I told you that we were talking biiiiig problems) and didn’t have nearly enough room to neatly display them on her original, tiny hair bow holder. I texted one of my girlfriends whose two little girls are never without precious matching bows and asked her what kind of storage she uses to keep them organized.
She sent me this picture, and I immediately fell in love; I knew I could recreate something similar for cheap cheap cheap. I studied the picture a bit and decided to use her picture as a general guide for creating something that would work for us.
The next day I scooped up this $2 8×10 white picture frame from Walmart as well as three spools of ribbon that were $1 a piece. That afternoon I sat on the living room floor with Hadley and got to craftin’! 20 minutes of my time was all it took to whip together this functional new hair bow holder.
It was so darn cheap and easy to make that I decided to make one for my new niece to bring down to Florida with us this week.
You see, some people are naturally good at and cutesy with their crafting and some people are not. I am NOT. I actually really enjoy crafting, but my projects always appear homemade 100% of the time. I will never have an Etsy shop of any kind, ever. 🙂 I’m just going to stick to crafting things for “my people” who already understand that the things I make are made with lots of love. 😉
The great thing about this DIY project is that it gets covered up with hair bows anyway, so the imperfections don’t stick out quite as much. At least that’s what I’m telling myself. 😉
So here’s a look at the back of the one I made my sister. I threw away the glass insert and the backing and was left with just the frame itself. I cut three strips of ribbon and hot-glued them vertically inside the frame. I also went ahead and hot-glued the strip of ribbon that will end up holding the hair bow holder itself.
Next, I assembled four strips of ribbon to hang off of the frame. All four strips have two pieces of ribbon hot-glued together to make them thicker and a bit more durable. I folded up the bottom of each ribbon and glued it on the backside to keep the ribbons from fraying and/or unraveling.
As I was making my niece’s hair bow holder I began envisioning so many ways to spruce these up and make them even more personalized. One could stencil a girl’s name at the top, add flowers around the frame, assemble a more attractive hanger, and so much more!
Happy crafting! xoxo