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« on: June 14, 2013 03:27:23 PM »

I made a bunch of hair bows!



I found out that you can make your own cork screw ribbon by wrapping grosgrain style ribbon around a dowel and heating it in the oven.  Clothes pins hold the ribbon on the dowel very well, and allow you to keep the dowel from touching the pan if you stand them up.  I lined my pan with tin foil (since it was a non-food project) and heated them for about 15 minutes at 250-260 degrees.



They turned out great!  When I cut them into smaller sections I singed the edges with a lighter to keep them from fraying.



I did 10 dowels worth of ribbon and used it to make five bows.

 

   

I also had some left over clear vinyl from a failed project so I made some vinyl ribbons, too.  Just cut your vinyl and fold each end toward the middle so it overlaps about 3/4", and then iron one edge to seal (I used the "cotton" setting on my iron).  



Fill the ribbon base with whatever you like and then seal up the other side.  I made mine with tulle, gems, paper flowers, clear beads, sequins, and googly eyes.  I didn't want some items to be free floating in the bow, so I used a little super glue to hold them in place.

 



Then just gather and tie the center.  I used matching tulle, but I think ribbon would probably work, too.  Attach your barrettes and...voila!







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« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2013 03:39:02 PM »

I love your techniques and creativity-esp. the last bows with the "stuff" in them!
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« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2013 04:05:39 PM »

Awesome! I love the google eye bow!  And the clever use of vinyl.
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« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2013 05:36:52 PM »

I love the google eyes bow!!
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« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2013 11:49:46 PM »

Your hair bows are super cute and your tute is great. Thank you so much for sharing.
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« Reply #5 on: June 17, 2013 08:30:50 AM »

These are great! Did you really iron right on the vinyl?  No pressing cloth or anything in between?
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« Reply #6 on: June 17, 2013 12:38:41 PM »

Thanks, everyone!

These are great! Did you really iron right on the vinyl?  No pressing cloth or anything in between?

I tried experimenting, but I got the best results by pressing directly on the vinyl.  With the right heat it doesn't melt, it just kind of seals it together.  The iron in the photo is very cheap and only used for these crazy types of crafts, so I wasn't worried about it.  "Right heat" probably varies with irons, though, so if you're using your normal one you might want to do some trial and error with a protective layer, just in case!  Wink
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