Ahhh, velvet. Is there anything better than wearing this luscious fabric during the fall and winter seasons? And bows. Swoon. I’ve recently developed a major obsession with these über feminine knots. So you can imagine how excited I was when I first spotted Jennifer Behr’s velvet bow barrettes, where two of my favorite things come together as one gorgeous hair accessory. But it wasn’t until I stumbled upon yards and yards of velvet ribbon, in rich autumnal colors, that I was inspired to make my own. Turns out, bows are rediculously easy to make. Simply add these to a loose half updo or a casual ponytail and you’ve got the most beautiful, effortless hairstyle.

You’ll need:

Start by cutting the ribbon into 8″, 7″, 6.5″ and 1.5″ pieces.

Take the 8″ piece of ribbon and folding it half, creating a crease on the fold with your fingernail. Open the ribbon and place a line of hot glue along the backside of the crease. Fold each side in.

Take the 1.5″ piece and glue it to the middle of the backside of the bow. Fold it around and glue it to the backside. Trim away any excess.

Align the 6.5″ and 7″ ribbon together – with backsides facing each other. Trim the ends at a 45 degree angle. Glue them together at the top at a slight angle.

Place a drop of hot glue at the top of the ribbons and secure the bow on top. Run a line of hot glue along the top of the alligator clip and press against the backside of the bow.

And that’s it! Easy peasy.

To make a double bow, cut an additional 7.5″ piece of ribbon. Fold in half to create a crease down the middle and glue the ends towards the middle. Center and glue it to the larger bow before wrapping it with the middle piece.

(images by HonestlyWTF)