The girls’ hair bows were getting out of control. We were storing them in a bin, but it was hard to find the one we wanted and they would end up falling out when one of the girls would search for a bow. The bin would sometimes get knocked over during play time and bows slowly began making their way all over the house. We needed a new system!
I was shopping at a local children’s boutique and saw the cutest bow holders made out of ribbon and thought “this would be perfect for the girls’ bows”. Then I looked at the price tag, $75 for a piece of framed canvas with strips of ribbon along the front. No way! The concept was great, but the price was not. I headed straight to the local craft store and picked up the supplies I needed to make our own ribbon bow holder.
- artist canvas (I used a 16″ x 20″, but you can choose the size best for your needs)
- decorative ribbon (I used 7 different ribbons in varying sizes; you can use one or more)
- craft paint that coordinates with your ribbon choices
- staple gun/staples
- wide paint brush
- optional: frame the size of the canvas you choose
Paint the canvas including the sides with the craft paint of your choice. Let dry.
While waiting for the canvas to dry begin cutting your ribbon into strips. Each strip should be long enough to secure the ends to the back of the canvas.
Once the canvas is dry, begin to lay the strips of ribbon on the canvas until you get an arrangement you are pleased with. Be sure to leave a little space between each ribbon. I probably left about a 1/4″ between each ribbon.
Once you have the ribbons arranged, carefully slide them off of the canvas keeping them in order. Begin securing the ribbons to the canvas with the staple gun starting with the center ribbon and working your way out to the sides.
Secure the ribbons to the back of the canvas using a staple gun. Pull the ribbons fairly taut when securing them to the canvas so that the weight of the hair bows does not cause the ribbon to droop.
You did it!
Once all the ribbons are secure you can admire your work. 🙂 From here you have the option of placing the canvas in a frame (remove the glass) or you can hang it as is for a simple look. I chose to hang mine as is. Enjoy your boutique style bow holder at a fraction of the cost!
Here is the bow holder hanging in the girls’ room.
Have fun making one for the little girl in your life!