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How to easily add fun bead embellishments to a hair bow

You might think adding beads to a hair bow is difficult.  Using Bowdabra, however, makes adding fun bead embellishments easy as can be.  Added to a hair clip or bobby pin, bead embellishments complete a hair bow in style!

bead embellishements

Updated 2019

Materials:

Adding bead embellishments to hair bows

Instructions:

Begin by gathering your materials. Place the Bowdabra Hair Bow Tool and Ruler (cm side) onto the Mini Bowdabra, leaving a space at the bottom for the Mini Bowdabra tower to move. Next, cut an 18” piece of Bowdabra Bow Wire and fold it in half. Lay it into the Mini Bowdabra. You’ll have a loop at one end and two loose pieces at the opposite end.

bead embellishments

Use 24-gauge wire to form a strand of beads approximately 3” to 4” long. (We chose 24 gauge wire because it is thin enough to work with and it can often be cut with scissors or wire cutters if you have them.

bead embellishments

Make the bow

Next, make a 4cm wide small bow with 2cm tails. Cut the ribbon 34cm long. Seal each end with clear nail polish or run a lighter over the edges. Fold the ribbon in half to find the center. Make a crease at the center point. Place the ribbon at the crease mark down into the center of the Mini Bowdabra.

bead embellishments

To make your first loop, fold, and press, into the Mini Bowdabra at the 2cm mark. Place tail facing down.  Then, make another loop on the other side at the 2cm mark. Point tail facing down.

bead embellishments

bead embellishments

Now, make two more loops at the 2cm mark folding and pressing the ribbon into the Mini Bowdabra. Tails should be facing up.  Place the beaded strand at its center point into the Mini Bowdabra. Then, fold down the last two loops at the 2cm mark. Scrunch down with Mini Bowdabra Wand.

bead embellishments

bead embellishments

bead embellishments

While the bow is still in the Mini Bowdabra, thread the two loose ends of the Mini Bowdabra Bow Wire through the loop at the other end.   Pull the Bowdabra Bow Wire tightly while the bow is still in the Mini Bowdabra. Then, gently pull the bow out of the Mini Bowdabra. Separate the two loose ends of the Bowdabra Bow Wire and bring them around to the back of the bow and knot.

bead embellishments

bead embellishments

Adjust the beads

Take one side of the beaded strand and curl it into a ”C” shape.  Take the other side of the beaded strand and curve it to a backward” C” shape and interlock it with the other C.

bead embellishments

bead embellishments

Tie the Bowdabra Bow Wire to the end of the bobby pin or hair clip. Trim away excess wire.  Finally, fluff and arrange the bow.

bead embellishments

bead embellishments

bead embellishments

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     
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