This isn’t the first DIY headband and hairbow holder frame on the internet (and it won’t be the last), but the holder I made above was so ridiculously easy and affordable to make. If you have a girl, know a girl, are a girl, or know anyone with bows, barrettes, clips or headbands – you have to make one of these holders ASAP.
Best of all, I made this headband and hairbow holder for 5 dollars out of an old picture frame. If you don’t have an old picture frame laying around, you’ll still be able to make this craft for well under $10. There are dozens of unique frames at Goodwill and local thrift shops. But if you only have an extra buck to spare, I also wouldn’t hesitate to purchase a plain 11 x 14 frame from The Dollar Tree.
How To Make A DIY Headband And Hair bow Holder
- 2 rolls of half inch ribbon (I used pink and white)
- A bottle of glossy white paint
- 1 regular or foam paint brush
- 3-pack of white hooks
- An old frame
- glue gun
Above are the supplies that I purchased to make the frame. Each item was $1 or less from Walmart. (Also, did you know Walmart has a HUGE selection of bottled paint for .50 cents?!)
The beauty of this DIY holder is that you can pick any frame based on the space you have on the wall and how many bows you need to display. Since my daughter has been collecting bows for five years, I needed a larger frame to fit her collection. (BTW – I can’t believe it took me 5 years to make this!)
If you don’t already have an old frame, my suggestion is to try to find a frame with a cool or funky pattern or design. An interesting frame – like the one I used below – makes the bow holder look super fancy.
1. First, remove the picture and backing from the frame.
Find a flat, covered surface to use for painting.
I used an old piece of wood from the garage since we have tons of supplies from our fixer upper.
2. Paint the frame white.
Let the paint dry completely and apply a second coat, if desired. (Note: You may also use spray paint for this step. I tested spray paint and the high gloss Walmart paint and both worked well. It just depends on your budget and preferences.)
3. Measure, cut and glue ribbon on the frame from top to bottom (vertically).
The spacing between each piece of ribbon depends on the size of frame and width of ribbon. You can use a measuring tape and divide the length by the number of ribbon strands or you can eyeball the distance – like I normally do. 🙂
Next, use a large glob of hot glue to secure the ribbon to the frame. Also, don’t worry about making this step pretty because the glue marks will be facing the wall.
You could stop at this step if you are not interest in horizontal ribbon for extra space or hooks for headbands.
4. Weave the horizontal ribbon through the vertical ribbon.
I chose to use a contrasting color, but you can use the same ribbon for the whole project. Once the vertical ribbons are in place, attach the ends with your hot glue gun.
5. Use hot glue to secure the screws onto the bottom of the frame.
This is the part of most crafts where they say, “Now take your screw gun…” But I’m way too lazy (or genius?) to walk to the garage for another tool. Don’t get me wrong, I can use a screw gun if I’m in a life or situation, but I’ll always find an easier way to finish a craft.
Squirt a large dot of hot glue onto the frame and pressed the screws down firmly. Make sure the screws line up evenly with the ribbons on the frame.
You can see below how the hooks are spaced to match up with the first, third and fifth vertical ribbon row.
6. Make and glue three bows to cover the top of the hooks.
This step took the longest! Tying perfect bows can be harder than it looks, but don’t give up! The bows will give this frame a beautiful finishing touch.
Look at this adorable bow and hook combination!
7. Finally, let everything dry and you are done!
After you are sure everything is set, hang the frame on the wall and fill it with bows.
I just love the added hooks on the bottom for my daughter’s headbands and bigger bows.
This DIY hair bow and headband holder is so simple to make that even the un-craftiest person can tackle this project. Plus with the small investment that you need to make in craft supplies, you can’t go wrong. Our family will be enjoying this frame-turned-bow-holder for years to come.