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Easy to Make DIY Paper Styling Head Kid’s Craft

Hi, awesome Bowdabra blog readers! I’m Melanie, and I blog over at I’m super excited to be jumping on board with the Bowdabra Design Team and bringing you lovely bow creations and project ideas each month. I’ve found the Bowdabra and Mini Bowdabra to be awesome crafting tools that are easy to use. Today, I’m sharing a great beginner’s project that also doubles as a scrap-busting project.

Do you still have snow where you live? I’m fortunate enough to be in the south where we only get a little chilly and freak out if we see a drop of sleet. But I know there’s many around that are still digging their way out of snow and have several snow days at home with the kids in their future! This DIY Paper Styling Head gets the kids involved two ways– they can help make the craft and then play with it afterwards, so it’s a great snow day craft for kids. My daughter loved playing with this, and she’s begging me me make more bows!

how to make DIY hair bows

Begin by printing off the Smiley Face Printable. Simply right click on the below image to save it to your computer, and print it off on your printer.

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  • Smiley Face Printable
  • Yarn
  • Glue stick
  • Hot glue or glue dots
  • Scissors
  • Velcro (the “Sticky side” of the velcro is all we need for this project)
  • Mini Bowdabra
  • Ribbon scraps

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First, put the kiddos to work cutting yarn pieces and gluing them on the smiley face as hair.

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While they are doing that, it’s time for me to get crafty myself by making a selection of bows! Use whatever scrap ribbon that you have.

Grab the Mini Bowdabra and lay a piece of coordinating scrap ribbon across.

DIY Paper Styling Head with Bowdabra Bows

Place the main bow ribbon across the center, leaving a very short tail.

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Make a loop on the opposite side and pass the ribbon back through the Mini Bowdabra.

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Repeat to pass the ribbon back through the Mini Bowdabra so the tail is on the other side.

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Use the scruncher to scrunch down the ribbon.

Bring up the coordinating ribbon and tie it at the top.

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Pull the bow out of the Mini Bowdabra and tie it off in the back.

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Using hot glue or glue dots, attach a small piece of velcro to the back of the bow.

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Continue making bows with the scrap ribbon until you have a small (or large!) play collection! Make the bows in varying sizes, shapes, and colors.

how to make DIY hair bows

Make sure the glue from the yarn is dried completely, and then it’s time to have fun and play!

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Melanie is a craft designer, baker, seamstress, and mom of triplets plus one. You can find her at, a space where she shares crafts, DIY projects, and recipes that can be completed in less time with fewer supplies. Occasionally, she’ll share a glimpse into her life as a mom of wild triplet toddler boys. Join her on her blog, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTube.

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