Introduction: Pinwheel Hairbow

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How to make a pinwheel hairbow!
Materials needed:

grosgrain ribbon
24 gauge craft wire
hot glue gun
hair clip of choice

Step 1: Cut Ribbon

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For this bow (adjust for size you want) I cut a piece of 1.5 inch grosgrain ribbon to 23 inches.

Step 2: Step 2

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Make your first loop down with the ribbon making a long tail in front.

Step 3: Step 3

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Bring your ribbon "tail" up while keeping a grasp of your first loop.

Step 4: Step 4

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Bring your "tail" down to start making a second loop.

Step 5: Step 5

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Bring the tail up from the bottom of your newly formed second loop.

Step 6: Step 6

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Pinch and fold in the center twice this is what creates the nice crease. This may take a few times to get a neat fold.

Step 7: Step 7

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While holding on to your center fold tightly get out your craft wire and tightly wrap it around the center. You can also use thread or fishing line. I prefer wire as it provides a little extra control. If you are going to make a stacked bow I suggest handsewing your layers together.

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Flip your bow over and even out your loops and then cut your "tails". I like the triangle but but you can use straight lines. Then take a lighter and quickly run the flame over the ends of the ribbon. This will heat seal it and prevent future fraying.

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To complete the center knot get a smaller piece of ribbon. I used a 7/8 ribbon.

Cut a piece long enough for you to knot and work with.

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Loop it much like an awareness ribbon looks.

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Tuck one tail through the loop and pull.

Step 12: Step 12

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Once you have pulled it tight you may need to rotate the tails close to the knot so you have a smooth pretty tail coming from either side of the knot.

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Slide in your choice of clip. My daughter has fine hair so we use the alligator clips.

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Put a tiny dot of glue on the center of your bow and secure the knot in the center. Then fold each tail over one at a time securing it with hot glue on the alligator clip with the prong open. Trim the tail and Repeat with the other tail.

Use your lighter once again to heat seal and exposed ribbon end that you just trimmed up on the back side.

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Adjust your "tails" so they are as you like them.

Your bow is done! Enjoy!


kburns63 (author)2016-04-15

Thank you so much. I have been trying to make these for the hospital babies and could never get the hang of it using You Tube. Your instructions are great.

yusmarea (author)2015-11-12


Nandhini Anand (author)2012-12-07

Clear, Precise Instructions ! Thank You! Will definitely work on this one1

nenglita (author)2010-10-18

very easy to follow, thank you :)

Alishye (author)2009-10-01

Thank you!!

always Faith (author)2009-08-23

I thought this was very helpul with easy to follow steps.

traviesa87 (author)2009-03-22

Your instructions were very clear and easy to follow. Now I can stop paying so much for a hairbow at the retail shops :) Thanks!

mamanini (author)2009-02-12

Great Instruction my bow came out just beautiful very excited Thanks

claabs (author)2009-02-12

Thank you, thank you! This tutorial rocked. I've made a dozen bows since and they turned out beautifully. I'm thrilled!

nikkirosety (author)2008-10-16

GREAT TUTORIAL!! Easy direction with great images!!! =] Thanks so much.

mom2maddy (author)2008-09-20

Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful, easy to follow, tutorial!

TONYAH0111 (author)2008-08-13


bgregory (author)2008-07-17

I have tried to make bows for the last month, and your instructions by far outweigh them all for the pinwhell bow!!!!! I am so excited that I can now make bows for my granddaughter! I give you a 10++++++++++ thank you , thank you, thank you!

suziwollman (author)2008-06-02

This is a beautiful instructable. Thank you so much for sharing!

gigipingon (author)2008-02-21

Thank you! Great photos.

jhomahen (author)2008-01-31

Thank you for such clear and usable directions!

sympleediva (author)2007-12-29

Great instuctions, How about corkscrew bows? Please!!!!

madison30711 (author)2007-10-09

Very helpful.Thanks for the hard work you did.I give you 10 stars :) Here is another hairbow making supplies site:

trimweaver (author)2007-09-29

Thanks for the awesome tutorial. This is really helpful!!

If anyone is looking for hairbow making supplies please see our online store at We carry grosgrain/satin ribbon, snap clips, barrettes, headbands and appliques. Basically these are all the supplies that you will need to make your own hair accessories.

biggirlssweets (author)2007-06-11

Beautiful tutorial! Very simple and easy to understand. You don't, by any chance know how to make those corkscrew bows?

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