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How to make a festive butterfly hair bow with Bowdabra

Cinco de Mayo is coming up and if you are thinking about having a fiesta you will love this festive butterfly hair bow.  Create this beautiful hair bow in minutes with some velvet or velour ribbon, or printed felt in your favorite bright color.

The festive butterfly hair bow is fun for Cinco de Mayo parties, however, it is perfect any time of the year!

So let’s get started…

Festive butterfly hair bow

Festive butterfly hair bow


Bowdabra mini Bowmaker

Bowdabra bow wire

2 ½” wide velvet, velour ribbon, or optionally printed felt works great

White pipe cleaner

Butterfly pattern


Disappearing marker

5/8” yellow grosgrain ribbon (For smaller butterfly 3/8″ or 1/4″ ribbon)

Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks

Two red rhinestones (or small beads if using the bow wire for antennas)

If using the Bow wire for antennas use a small paintbrush to twist the wire for the curl.

Alligator hair clip




  1. First, download the butterfly pattern. Trace each piece on to the velour ribbon and cut out. For smaller butterfly shrink the patter to 3/4 size.


  1. Next, Cut a piece of Bowdabra bow wire 18” long. Fold it in half and insert into the Mini Bowdabra.  You will have a loop on one side and two loose wires at the other side, which will be your slipknot.

festive butterfly hair bow

  1. Now, insert the bottom downward facing wing piece into the Mini Bowdabra pinching in a mountain fold. Then, insert the top wing piece pinching in the same way you did the bottom wings.

festive butterfly hair bow

festive butterfly hair bow

  1. Scrunch down with the Bowdabra wand.

festive butterfly hair bow

Create the butterfly

  1. Insert the two loose wires through the loop and pull tight while the butterfly is still in the Bowdabra. Take it out of the Bowdabra and separate the ends.  Turn it to the back and tie a knot and clip off the excess wire.  Adjust your butterfly’s wings.

festive butterfly hair bow

  1. Take a 6” piece of pipe cleaner and fold it in half. Use the hot glue gun to glue it to the center back of the butterfly. To make the antennas with the Bowdabra bow wire, trim the bow wire ends to 2 1/2″ long.  Add a tiny bit of glue to each end and thread a small bead through.  Clip the excess.  Then, using the end of a paintbrush twist the wire around into a springy curl.  Adjust the antennae on each side.

festive butterfly hair bow

Finishing the hair clip

  1. Attach an alligator clip, which is covered with ribbon to the back with some hot glue. (You can buy them already covered at the craft store)

  1. Finally, cut a piece of 5/8” grosgrain ribbon and glue to the center back over the open alligator clip. Then continue to bring it to the front and glue it to where you started on the back. This way the alligator clip is extra secure.

festive butterfly hair bow

  1. Curl the pipe cleaner antenna and glue a rhinestone on the ends. Or optionally for the Bow wire antenna follow the instructions in step number 6.

Butterfly hair bow

We hope you enjoyed this festive butterfly hair bow tutorial.  We love comments and suggestions!

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