Making your own hairbows? Here’s how to make a ribbon lined alligator clip that won’t slip out of your daughter’s fine hair!
Here are a few more bow tutorials you might find helpful – 10 Hair Bow Tutorials, Spider Hair for Halloween, Polka Dot Hair Bow Holder, Top Knot Hairdo for Short Hair, and How to Organize Hair Accessories.
Little known fact about me – I use to run a bow business when I was a new mom! I spent an afternoon learning how to make the perfect bow from my childhood best friend’s mom, and then I turned that hobby into a fun business – selling at local boutiques and online.
I’ve shown you guys in the past some of my favorite hairbow tutorials, but by request, here is a tutorial for how to make Ribbon Lined Alligator Clips. It’s super simple to do, and it makes it easier for the clip to grip your daughter’s hair so it doesn’t slide out. Here is how to make it –
Ribbon Lined Alligator Clips
- alligator clips – I buy a box of 2-inch metal clips from Sally’s Beauty Supply. You can also buy them from Amazon here.
- 4 inches of ribbon, 3/8″ thick, or about the thickness of your clip.
- hot glue gun
- match or lighter
- felt or velcro – optional
- Burn the edges of your ribbon. This will prevent fraying.
- Stick your ribbon inside the alligator clip- sliding one end to the back of the clip.
- Add some hot glue on the outside of the clip where the ribbon will cover.
- Fold the ribbon that is hanging outside of your clip over the glue you just applied.
- Add a dab of glue on the backside of the clip on the top only- don’t go further down than about 1 fingertip in length.
- Fold the ribbon all the way around the top of the clip to the backside, covering the glue you just applied. The clip is now covered with ribbon!
- To make it so the clip will hold fast in fine hair, cut a small piece of felt or velcro- the fuzzy side of the velcro, not the rough part! Put some hot glue on it and place it inside the alligator clip on the side that is fully covered with ribbon.
This post originally published on Somewhat Simple in July 2009