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Birthday Blast

Birthday Creative CraftsCan we ever have too many birthday cards? I know that I’m always trying to play catch up to have a few on hand when a birthday sneaks up on me, besides making birthday cards is fun!

Materials Used:

  • Image ”“ MayzyArt Stamps
  • Sentiment ”“ Computer generated.
  • Cardstock ”“ Xpress It Blending Card; Stampin Up Brocade Blue
  • Designer Paper ”“ Basic Gray – Cupcake collection
  • 3/8″ Light Blue Gingham Bobbin Ribbon
  • Buttons – Bo Bunny – St. Nick collection
  • Twine – Red Henry – Toner Plastics
  • Copic Markers
  • Mini Bowdabra
  • Mini Bowdabra Hair Bow Tool And Ruler
  • Double-sided Tape
  • Glue Dots


1. Begin by placing the Hair Bow Tool & Ruler onto the Mini Bowdabra.

How do make a hair bow


2. Cut an 18″ length of Bowdabra Bow Wire. Fold the wire in half and place it into the Mini Bowdabra and tuck the ends under.

Birthday Party Ideas


3. Place the gingham ribbon to create a 2”³ tail.

Ribbon Bows


4. Start making your bow by folding the ribbon from the right side over to the left to make a 1 1/4″ loop.

Gift Wrapping Bow


5. Next, fold the ribbon from the left side back over to the right side to make another 1 1/4″ loop on the left.

Gift Wrapping Bow


6. I wanted to have three loops on either side, so I continued folding the ribbon back and forth until I had 3 loops on either side.

Loopy Ribbon


7. Next I used the Mini Bowdabra wand to scrunch down the loops into the Mini Bowdabra.

Ribbon Making


8. Now, remove the wand and gently pull up both ends of the Bowdabra wire to tie a tight knot on the underside of the bow.

Bowdabra Bow wire


9. Carefully remove the bow from the Mini Bowdabra and trim the Bowdabra Bow Wire to a length of about 1/4 inch.

Mini Bowdabra Bow


10. Next, put 2 small glue dots over the ends of the Bowdabra Bow Wire.


11. Take another length of gingham ribbon and place one end over the glue dots.


12. Put two more small glue dots on top of the end of the ribbon you just put on the bow and wrap the other end of the ribbon around the bow and adhere it to the other glue dots.


13. Carefully trim the end of the gingham ribbon close to the bow. Place a large glue dot over the cut end of the ribbon on back of the bow so you can adhere it to your card.


14. Place the bow on your card and it’s ready for you to give or mail to someone to brighten up their birthday.



    Bowdabra® Bow Making & Design Tool – Large – BOW1003-Single

    Bowdabra Bow Making & Design Tool is your easy-to-use bow maker. Create professional looking bows for gift wrapping, home decorations and DIY crafts!
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    Hair Bow Tool and Ruler Kit for the Mini Bowdabra® – BOW2200

    Mini Bowdabra Hair Bow Creator Kit is a super easy hair bow making tool. Create designer Ribbon hair bows, mini bows, baby bow, DIY kids crafts and more!
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    Mini Bowdabra® Bow Making & Design Tool – Small – BOW2100

    Mini Bowdabra is your easy-to-use bow making tool to create small bows. Create DIY crafts, hair bows, gift wrapping, wedding décor and more yourself!
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    This 100 yards of Bowdabra Bow Wire in Gold is a complete value pack.
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    Bowdabra® Bow Wire Value Pack – Silver – 100 yards – BOW3060

    This 100 yards of Bowdabra Bow Wire in Silver is a complete value pack.

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