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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.

Step 10: Step 10

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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!
Clear, Precise Instructions ! Thank You! Will definitely work on this one1
nenglita4 years ago
very easy to follow, thank you :)
Alishye5 years ago
Thank you!!
I thought this was very helpul with easy to follow steps.
traviesa876 years ago
Your instructions were very clear and easy to follow. Now I can stop paying so much for a hairbow at the retail shops :) Thanks!
mamanini6 years ago
Great Instruction my bow came out just beautiful very excited Thanks
claabs6 years ago
Thank you, thank you! This tutorial rocked. I've made a dozen bows since and they turned out beautifully. I'm thrilled!
nikkirosety6 years ago
GREAT TUTORIAL!! Easy direction with great images!!! =] Thanks so much.
mom2maddy6 years ago
Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful, easy to follow, tutorial!
TONYAH01117 years ago
bgregory7 years ago
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!
suziwollman7 years ago
This is a beautiful instructable. Thank you so much for sharing!
gigipingon7 years ago
Thank you! Great photos.
jhomahen7 years ago
Thank you for such clear and usable directions!
sympleediva7 years ago
Great instuctions, How about corkscrew bows? Please!!!!
Very helpful.Thanks for the hard work you did.I give you 10 stars :) Here is another hairbow making supplies site: www.hairbowmakingsupplies.com
trimweaver7 years ago
Thanks for the awesome tutorial. This is really helpful!!

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