Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Hair Bow Holder/Pet Portrait

The first project I completed for our baby girl's room was her bow holder.  Bows are a must for babies in the American South, and I wanted a fun way to display them.  I was inspired by this pet portrait post from A Beautiful Mess.  I knew immediately that I wanted to do a portrait of Ruby (our dog) for the nursery, and then I had the idea to make the portrait a bow holder.

I followed the directions on ABM for the pet portrait.

Here's what to do next to turn it into a bow holder.

1. Use grosgrain ribbon and cut 4 strips that are each 25 inches long.

2. Use a lighter on the ends to keep them from fraying.  Be sure to blow it out quickly!

3. Two of the ribbon strips will stay as they are.  Two strips will be altered to hold headbands.
Take more ribbon, and lay it on top of one of the 25 inch strips.  I didn't cut the ribbon that was laid on top until the end.  With the ribbon that is on top, create loops.

4. Pin down each loop.

5. Each loop should be about 3 inches from the next loop.

6. After you have each loop, go back and glue the looped ribbon to itself.

7. Now glue the top looped ribbon to the bottom ribbon just below each loop.  I used E6000 glue throughout the project.  Each clothespins at each loop to hold the glue as it dries.

8. Glue each ribbon to the back and bottom of your frame.  I used tape to hold them in place as the glue dried.  You can later remove the tape, or leave it like I did.

9. Hang and display your bows and headbands!

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