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How to Make a Shamrock Bow for St Patrick’s Day

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Shamrock  bow for St. Patrick’s Day

Thinking about something green to wear this St. Patrick Day? Why not make an adorable Shamrock Bow! It’s quick, easy and inexpensive to make using your Mini Bowdabra! And the best part, you can wear it as a pin or hair bow!  Be sure and check out Bowdabra blog for more St. Patrick’s Day tutorials!

Materials Needed to Make a Shamrock Bow:

Mini Bowdabra, Measuring Tool, and Wand
Bowdabra Bow Wire
2.5″ Mesh Ribbon or 2.5″ Wired Ribbon
Fabric Glue
Scissors
Parchment paper

How to Make a Shamrock Bow:

Start by folding an 18″ length of bow wire in half and place in the Mini Bowdabra, tucking ends under. Loosely pull a couple of feet of mesh ribbon off the roll, leaving it attached, creasing the end and inserting it down into the Mini Bowdabra.

Next, fold one side of the ribbon over and down into the Mini Bowdabra making a 4″ loop using the measuring tool.

Then, fold a matching 4″ loop on the other side, squeezing the mesh ribbon together down into the Mini Bowdabra.

Scrunch down the mesh using the Mini Bowdabra wand.

While the bow is still in the Mini Bowdabra, pull the mesh ribbon tail straight down the middle of the bow and then thread the two loose ends of the bow wire through the loop, pulling tightly and . . .

gently pulling the bow out, making sure the mesh tail is straight down the middle. Then tie the bow in a knot.

Next, take the tail and fold it up and over the center, creating a 4″ loop.

Grab the center of the bow and tie in another knot, creating a total of three, 4″ loops that mimic the three leaves of a shamrock.

Then flip the bow over with the bow wire ends in the back and cut off the mesh ribbon from the roll, leaving a 10″ tail.

Next, lay the bow on parchment paper and apply fabric glue to the tail.

Then fold over the sides (left/right) of the mesh creating the stem of the shamrock . . .

and folding over the parchment paper on top. The place a heavy object over it until the glue dries.

Remove the parchment paper once the mesh ribbon is dry and cut off excess mesh to look like a stem.

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To wear as a hair bow

Tie  the bow wire around base of a hair clip and then cut off excess bow wire.

shamrock bowThe shamrock bow can also be made using wired ribbon, following the same steps.shamrock bow

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