Having little girls means lots of excuses to make adorable girly things. I have been making Isabella hair bows and flower clips for years, and now I have a new baby girl to craft for. Yay!
All the cuteness needs a place for storage though, and I never could make myself throw all the bows and clips I spent so much time on in a drawer or box to get squished. That’s when I decided to make my own bow holder. Sure, you could buy one, but where’s the fun in that?
I started with two frames I had laying around without a purpose.
The large one there is an old art print I had hanging on my wall at one point. Don’t judge, I was young and didn’t know any better. Anyway, it had an interesting frame that wasn’t being used so I decided it was perfect for this project. The print and glass are pretty easily popped out. Keep that in mind next time you are shopping at thrift shops or garage sales. Try to look past the ugly and imagine what you can do with the frame.
I took the frames outside and gave them a few coats of spray paint on my fancy Potty Dance Mats. Don’t be jealous, its hard work being this awesome. I didn’t sand the frames, just cleaned them really well so the paint would adhere without a problem. Then I waited for these puppies to dry. That was the hardest part for me. I am not a patient person.
Here I have my supplies for the next step. The painted frame, a piece of foam core cut to fit the frame, and pretty fabric. I chose Fancy Nancy because, well, we’re fancy people here in this casa. Cover the foam core with your fabric and hot glue it in place. Do you have to use hot glue? No. You could use any heavy glue you have, it would just take longer to dry. Heck, you could use duct tape. You won’t see it and it gets the job done! I used hot glue because, as I have readily admitted, I don’t have a shred of patience in my body. Be sure and pull the fabric tight so its nice and flat.
Next comes ribbon. Now, you could get fancy and do the diamond pattern like you see on the store bought message boards. I didn’t do that here because I felt like this way would hold more clips and bows. Also, this was easier. Just measure the ribbon so that you have enough excess on the back to glue it down securely. I think using several different types and colors of ribbons would be cute too.
The last step is just to plop it back into the frame. Pretty easy, right? And I think it is super cute. Fancy Bella agrees with me.
Here it is on the wall with just a tiny fraction of the bows, to give you an idea of how it works. Easy peasy.
And of course, here it Little Bit’s bow holder. Hers is smaller, but its all the same steps. Do you recognize that fabric from the DIY Earring Holder? I told you I loved this fabric. So cute!