My 1st crafts, A.D. (after dependents), were hair clips. I started by just covering hair clips with ribbon, getting used to using a hot glue gun, and attaching all the ribbon and non-slip grips. Another one of my friends, Amanda, is the one who told me about using the shelf liner as non-slip grips for hair clip. I use some purple shelf liner I found on clearance.
|Still learning not 2 use so much glue.|
- wood plaque
- wooden ‘smile’ - these would be fun as personalized name holders too!
- large butterfly for the corner and/or other embellishments of choice
- butterfly ribbon or ribbon complementary to your theme
- acrylic paint
- glitter paint - I found the purple one in the clearance section at Wal-Mart!
- Optional: staple gun
- Optional: I bought a purple brush and comb with holes on the end to hang from nails on the holder.
How to make this Bow Holder:
- Paint the whole wood base the color of your choice as well as on the edges. Ours is a lilac color. Let that dry thoroughly.
- Paint the top with the purple glitter paint or another color of choice.
- Repeat with as many coats of the glitter paint needed in order to get an even color.
- Nail or hot glue the word on. We chose 'smile.' I did both because I wasn't sure how secure it would be with just glue.
- Glued 2 pieces of 10 inches of the butterfly ribbon together, back to back, so that the pattern was on both sides.
- With the ribbon, created a loop, like those 'awareness' ribbons and glued it to the back of the plaque.
- Cut three more pieces of ribbon to hang from the back of the plaque, approx. 2 ft. in length. Glued them to the back of the board with the pattern facing out.
- Optional: Once the glue for the ribbons on the back were dry, stapled the ribbons on the plaque. I wasn't going to let dried out glue ruin the holder months or years from now.
- Optional: Printed out a 2 X 4 label that said, "Handmade for you from Hey May 2012" with my daughter's picture. I adhered it to the back.
- Optional: Measured equal distance from the ends and hammered two nails on the front of the plaque. Took dew drop stickers and adhered them to the nail heads.
- Adhere any embellishments you would like to decorate the plaque with.
- At the bottom of the 3 hanging ribbons I used the butterfly embellishments to weigh down the ends.
|There certainly should be plenty of room for bows!|
- The one thing I would have changed was how I nailed the ‘smile’ to the plaque. I wanted it secure, but should have used finishing nails. I also should have placed the nails where they wouldn’t be so obvious. Each time I make one of these I am sure I will get better at it.
- When I make hangers for bow holders in the future, I plan to use either a regular picture holder, two-sided ribbon, or solid colored ribbon; the ribbon I used only had print on one side. I ended up gluing two pieces together so the pattern would be on both sides. Since this wood was larger and heavier, I should have used a regular picture hanger. Next time around I will be better prepared!
- I don’t think I would use such a large heavy piece of wood for the base next time unless I was prepared to do wooden dowels for hooks and use a picture hanger. I wanted to put a wooden butterfly on the base, but due to the size and shape couldn’t find a reasonable priced base for it. I didn’t want to spend a fortune. I have some ideas for my next bow holder that I think I will like better.
It was quite the adventure and learning experience. I learned there is a Hobby Lobby store opening in our town soon and am so excited to see what journey that store may bring!