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How to Make an Autumn Birthday Hair Tie

I love to discover a way for something to serve dual duty. And this autumn birthday hair tie does just that!! It can be used as a bow on a birthday present, too. It’s like two gifts in one!!Autumn Birthday Hair Tie

Supplies and Equipment to Make an Autumn Birthday Hair Tie

  • 3′ length ½” satin Happy Birthday ribbon, cut in three 12″ lengths
  • 18″ length ½” satin Make a Wish ribbon, cut in three 6″ lengths
  • 18″ length ½” orange glitter ribbon, cut in three 6″ lengths
  • 36″ length 1″ orange grosgrain ribbon
  • 12″ length 1/8″ braided ribbon
  • 1 elastic hair tie
  • Mini Bowdabra
  • Proxxon Thermocut (optional)

Instructions to Make an Autumn Birthday Hair Tie

  1. Cut the ribbons to length using the Proxxon Thermocut. The Thermocut seals the ribbon to prevent fraying at the same time its hot wire cuts the ribbon. Alternatively, quickly pass the ribbon ends through a flame to seal the ends.Proxxon Thermocut
  2. Make the Corkscrew Ribbons
    • Spiral the ribbons around a large knitting needle or ¼” dowel rod. Secure the ribbon ends with pinch clothes pins. I made corkscrew ribbons using the 6″ lengths of Happy Birthday ½” satin ribbon.Ribbon Coiled on Skewer
    • Mist lightly with water.
    • Arrange on a lined baking sheet.
    • Bake in the oven at 250° F for 20 minutes.Bake at 250 for 20 Minutes
    • After the ribbons are cool, gently slide from the knitting needle or dowel.
  3. Place the 12″ length of 1/8″ braided ribbon in the Mini Bowdabra. You can tuck the ends under the Mini Bowdabra so they are out of the way, but I didn’t find that necessary with this bow.Tieing Ribbon in Bowdabra
  4. Add the elastic hair tie to the Mini Bowdabra.Hair Tie in Mini Bowdabra
  5. With the orange grosgrain ribbon, make a bow with three loops and one tail on each side.Orange Ribbon in Mini Bowdabra
  6. Layer the Happy Birthday corkscrew, Make a Wish, and orange glitter ribbons in the Mini Bowdabra alternating corkscrew and plain ribbons.Layer Six Inch Lengths
  7. Compress the ribbons in the Mini Bowdabra with the Mini Bowdabra Wand.Compress Ribbons with Wand
  8. Bring the 12″ length of 1/8″ braided ribbon that you placed in the Mini Bowdaba in Step 3 through the hair tie.Pass Tieing Ribbon thru Hair Tie
  9. With the hair tie and ribbons still in the Mini Bowdabra, tie the ribbons securely with the 12″ length of braided ribbon. Leave the tails to attach the hair tie a package.Tie Ribbons Securely
  10. Remove hair tie with the bow from the Mini Bowdabra and fluff the bow.Finished Autumn Birthday Hair Tie
  11. Attach to the present using the braided ribbon ends.Autumn Birthday Hair Tie as Package Bow

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