Butterfly Bows


I’m back! And I made some butterfly bows.  Do you want to make some?  Let me show you how.

Step number one: Open the laundry room window and breath in all that springtime air.  Ahhhhh!  Macey’s at school, Maddy’s down for a nap and the laundry’s going in the washing machine.  My favorite time of time of day!  Okay, on to the butterfly bows for reals this time.

Alright, cut two pieces of ribbon 8.5 inches and two pieces 6.5 inches.

Line a hair clip with ribbon (you can get them at Sally Beauty Supply).  Then take your 8.5 inch piece of ribbon and fold it in half.  Pinch it in the middle and that way you know where the center of the ribbon is.  Hot glue the center of the ribbon to the hair clippy.

Now take the ends of the ribbon and loop them around and glue them down.  So that’s the top half of your butterfly.

Now do the same thing to make the bottom half of your butterfly with the 6.5 inch piece of ribbon.

And it will look like that. 

Now take your sheer pieces of ribbon and glue them over the top of the other ribbon. 

Cute, now it has fluttery wings!

Now let’s make the body.  Take about seven inches of ribbon and wrap it around a dowel.  A preschool pencil works good too if you don’t have a dowel on hand.  Put it on a baking sheet and bake it at 275 degrees for 20-25 minutes. 

Cut your bodies to the right size and glue them down the middle.  This is hard to do without making it all skiddywampus.  So just do your best,  I’m sure your little girl won’t care if it doesn’t look perfect.

The very last step is to make antennas.  Or antennie or whatever.  Cut off a one inch piece of ribbon and then cut the edges off.  Hold the edges over a flame and it will make them curl over.  Glue them on to the top of your clip and your all done!

Ta-da!  That wasn’t soo bad, now was it? 🙂  Happy bow making to ya!

Linking to: Skip to My Lou, Craft-O-Maniac, Making the World Cuter, Tip Junkie, Someday Crafts, Somewhat Simple, Tatertots & Jello, Sun Scholars

This entry was posted in Craft and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

33 Responses to Butterfly Bows

  1. U R a bowdacious BOW MAKER.. love them all. winks- jen

  2. Seriously, the cutest thing I have ever seen. Definitely making these!
    Thanks for sharing- visiting from CraftoManiac’s link up.

    Valerie- http://www.occasionallycrafty.blogspot.com
    Stop on by!

  3. Holly says:

    I LOVE your bow tutorials. Stumbled upon your blog and am now a follower! Can’t wait to read more!

  4. Jenifer says:

    OH I LOVE these! So cute. Thanks for showing us HOW to make em!

  5. jamie wells says:

    oh my goodness they are so adorable. thank you for sharing the tutorial!

  6. Janese says:

    I love these! You are so talented, now I have to try them 🙂

  7. Misty says:

    Ooohhh…I LOVE these!! I’ll be making some for sure. Thanks for being willing to share tutorials on all these cute bows!!

  8. Carlee says:

    These are so adorable! My five year old is OBSESSED with butterflies, I might have to be mom of the year, and surprise her with these! So adorable, I love how you used two different ribbons!


  9. Suzette says:

    I just love your bows. Thanks for showing how to make the bows.

  10. Oh my gosh, those are so awesome! I’d love to have you share them at my For the Kids Friday Link Party (still open). Those are so cute!


  11. Joyce says:

    I just made three of these tonight for my 2 month and 3 year olds. I was amazed at how easy they were, and I’ve never really made bows before so that is saying something. SUPER cute…I can’t wait to make more bows.

  12. Kirstin says:

    I just found your blog last night, you are so crafty! I love your bow tutorials! I cant wait to try out a whole bunch of your clips! I think I spend like 2 hours reading your blog last night!

    Thanks for all the cool ideas!

  13. Jill says:

    I am so glad that I found this site, I have seen bows made with the corkscrews and I tried to make them with hairspray but it never stayed, so I am going to get the ribbon tomorrow and make my daughter a bunch of bows

  14. Connie says:

    These are so cute, you do a very nice job. Thank for sharing.
    I’m Connie @ http://hotflashncraftn.blogspot.com/ stop by and follow me.

  15. Kelly says:

    I made these for a baby shower I threw for a friend. I used them for the game where you are not allowed to say certain words, such as the mother’s name, instead of clothespins. They were a huge hit! I got so many compliments and they look amazing. They were supposed to be for the mother-to-be, but a lot of people ended up taking theirs home with them! Once you finish the first one, they are a breeze to make. Now my sister wants me to make her some for a bridal shower she is throwing at work! Thanks so much for posting this!

  16. Nancy Still says:

    Just wish that I had this long ago when my daughter was young. I made lots of her bows. I always had to do the hardest bows. I once made her a bow out of the Sunday Funnies from the Sunday paper. I think it was Snoopy. When we moved in 2000, I found it and sat down and cried. Will always remember those times. I remembered how she looked when she wore it. Just a little thought with a tiny tear.. to all … nancy s.

  17. Mavis D. David says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this…I love your bows! Am going to try to make for my granddaughter. Thanks again!

  18. Lilly says:

    These look so cute! I am going to try to make them. What kind of glue do you use?


  19. Denise King says:

    Thank U for the bow tutorials. I have 3 grandaughters from 5-2 and one on the way. Will save me lots on hair bows

  20. Kim B says:

    I found you on Pinterest! These bows are adorable and your tutorial is the best I’ve seen! Easy to follow and I know my girls will love these! Thank you!

  21. Kati says:

    I Love these little butterflies! I found your tutorial to be very easy to follow. I just have one word of advice when making these. (I learned through trial and error) When gluing the ribbon to the barrette, be sure the bottom of your butterfly is where the pinch area of the barrette is. I did my first one with the pinch on top and it is upside down when I put it in her hair. Thanks for the tutorial they turned out super cute!

    • Ten Cow Chick says:

      Haha that’s very true – you have to be sure you glue the butterfly on the clip the right way! 🙂 Thanks for the laugh!

  22. Stephanie E. says:

    What kind of hot glue gun do you use?

    • Ten Cow Chick says:

      It’s just a regular hot glue gun – nothing fancy. Is there more than one kind? 🙂 Sorry your question was sandwiched in between 100’s of spam comments so I didn’t see it until today. I really don’t think it matters what kind of glue gun you use as long as it’s hot enough.

  23. Stephanie O says:

    Love this… thanks for sharing. Can I pin or repin this?
    Shuttermom77 at gmail dot com

  24. regina drummond says:

    I love it and i will pin all them
    Thank you for sharing your creations

  25. Palwasha Syed says:

    These are suuuper duuuper cute. I am a butterfly addict. Though I have never made anything like this but it looks too irresistible not to be tried. I absolutely looooove your blog. Thanks a million for sharing it and please put on some more butterflies if possible.

  26. Mita J says:

    Quick and easy!! Love these!!!

  27. Amy says:

    I am trying to make 100 of these for a gift and am not usually crafty…really stepping out of my comfort zone here. My question is that when I am making the top and bottom parts of the butterfly…my loops aren’t quite as big as yours? How did you do it?

  28. Imee tan says:

    Hi there i just want to ask you if u can teach me how to make korker bows using oven toaster?

  29. Tamara Price says:

    Love these! I am a missionary to Nicaragua and teach some sewing and crafts in a remote community. The ladies will love making these to sell and support their families!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *