DIY Velvet Ribbon Bow Barrette

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)

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23 Comments

  1. Colleen wrote:

    These are so cute! I’m way into the hair ribbons trend right now, and my love for velvet is eternal.

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    10.10.17
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  2. Michelle wrote:

    They look so chic, and I just love velvet as a material. You really want to feel it!
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    10.10.17
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  3. Bee wrote:

    Love these! Have a couple in my Nordstrom cart that I just haven’t pulled the trigger on. My age is preventing me 😉

    10.10.17
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  4. Autumn elegance at its best!

    10.10.17
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  5. I love these! So simple to make and I think they would also look great as a bag charm too. Such a good idea, thanks for sharing x

    10.10.17
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  6. Mun wrote:

    Such a sweet DIY. I love it.

    10.10.17
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  7. garim wrote:

    WOW!! That’s lovely, just love your idea of creating velvet ribbons. Classy 🙂

    10.11.17
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  8. anna wrote:

    Loved it!! So simple to make and especially love the material velvet. https://www.boontoon.com/

    10.11.17
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  9. Mark wrote:

    Im pretty sure that is also known as upcyling. Very cool. We shoukd all do this with our plastics ans d really learn to reuse and recyvle this is not a joke our world is begging
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    10.20.17
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  10. Mike wrote:
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  11. It’s simply good,

    11.16.17
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  12. Katie wrote:

    Love this DIY! I recently bought ribbon to make them myself and now I found the perfect tutorial! Thanks for sharing!

    Katie | http://www.sunshinestyleblog.com

    11.29.17
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  13. igne27 wrote:
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  14. foresty44 wrote:
    1.19.18
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  15. Wow! I have never thought about velvet bow 😮 I prefer this velvet bow on my shirt than hair, thank you for sharing the tutorial. I will definitely try it.
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    4.24.18
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  16. This is such a cute tutorial! I love how you took pieces of fabric to create the bow instead of trying to make a bow from one strip (which I seriously such at!)

    6.1.18
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    • Erica wrote:

      Thanks, Lisa!

      6.4.18
  17. you are the best from best

    6.10.18
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