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Thursday, September 2, 2021

How to make a super easy glow in the dark pet bow

glow in the dark pet bow


 

You can make an adorable glow in the dark pet bow that is easily attached to the pet’s collar.  Simple attaching a covered hair elastic in a figure 8 position on the back allows easy on and off.  There are lots of glow in the dark ribbons, especially in the fall for Halloween.  The one I used only needs to be under a light for 20 minutes and it will glow for approximately 8 hours.  


How to make a super easy glow in the dark pet bow

 

Materials:

 

  • Glow in the dark ribbon I used 7/8” wide
  • Covered hair elastic
  • Mini Bowdabra
  • Bowdabra bow wire
  • Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks.
  • Iron and ironing board (optional)

 

Instructions:

 

First, cut a piece of Bowdabra bow wire.  Then, fold it in half and insert it into the Bowdabra.  You will have a loop on one side and two loose wires on the other side.  This will serve as your slipknot. Tuck the ends under to stay out of the way while you are making your bow.




 

Next, cut a 36-inch piece of ribbon of your choice.

 

Next, lay the ribbon into the Bowdabra right side down.  Then, bring the other side over making a loop.  Twist so that the right side is facing up and make a matching loop.  Continue twisting and making loops until you have four loops on each side.  






 

Now, scrunch everything down with the Bowdabra wand.  Then, insert the loose wires through the loop and pull tight while the bow is still in the Bowdabra. Remove the bow from the Bowdabra, separate the ends, turn to the back, and tie a knot.  Tie a double knot for extra security. Clip the wire ends.  Adjust and arrange the loops of the bow.





 

Using, a hot glue gun, twist the elastic hair tie into a figure 8 shape and glue to the back of the bow.  This will allow the collar to slip through both loops of figure 8 elastic, attaching the bow. 




 

Cut a two-inch piece of matching ribbon.  Fold it in half lengthwise.  Using the glue gun, start from the back and glue the 2-inch folded ribbon to cover the bow going over the already attached elastic.




 

Feed your collar through both loops of the elastic.  


glow in the dark pet bow

glow in the dark pet bow


glow in the dark pet bow



glow in the dark pet bow




 

 

 

Thursday, August 5, 2021

How to make a super simple two-season wreath, summer, and fall

two-season wreath


 

Make this two-season wreath with just a few supplies and two different Bowdabra bows.  Using four sunflowers and one pumpkin pick you can quickly change the bows in the center to reflect summer or fall.  All you need do is switch out one sunflower with a pumpkin pick and tie on the corresponding bow.  Easy peasy! 

 

In the summer wreath, I used a printed summer ribbon for the bow, and I made my loops on the bow a bit smaller than the fall Bow.  It is just a matter of whatever your preference on how many loops or how big they are.  


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So, let’s get started!

 

Materials:

 

Wreath form, grapevine, or similar wreath

Bowdabra bow maker

Bowdabra bow wire

Summer print wired ribbon 1 ½” wide

Fall print wired ribbon 1 ½” wide

Five sunflowers in different sizes, cut from a pick

One small pumpkin pick

Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Scissors

 

First, create your simple wreath.  Insert four sunflowers along one side securing with hot glue. Wait until your bow is complete to put the last sunflower on the other side simple inserting it into the wreath without gluing for easy removal.




 

Make your bows

 

I will demonstrate the Fall bow, and please note that you create the summer bow in the same way. First, cut a piece of Bowdabra bow wire 35” long.  You want it to be extra-long so that you can tie it in a bow to the wreath for easy removal. Fold the bow wire in half and lay in the Bowdabra.  You will have a loop on one side and two loose wires on the other.  This will be used as a slip knot.




 

Next, from the printed ribbon cut a 26” piece.  This will be your tail.  Twist to make sure the right side is facing out and place in the Bowdabra.




 

Now cut six or eight pieces of printed ribbon 20-22 inches long. If you want your bow loops to be bigger cut the longer length. The pieces of ribbon you cut will determine how many loops your bow will have. (The summer bow had 8 loops and the fall bow has 6 loops)

 

Next, take one of your pieces of ribbon and twist to make sure the right side is facing up and lay it into the Bowdabra. This is when you can adjust the size of your loops.





Continue taking the ribbon pieces, twist, and insert into the Bowdabra. Make your loop on one side, then, reverse the loop on the other side. Keep going in this way till you have placed all your ribbon pieces. Scrunch down with the Bowdabra wand.







 

To finish, insert the two loose wires through the loop and pull tight while the bow is still in the Bowdabra. Remove the bow turn to the back and tie a knot, tie another knot.

 

Dovetail all the tails. To dovetail fold in half and cut at an angle towards the fold.  Fluff and arrange all the loops and tails on your bow.  This is the reason why a wired ribbon is helpful.


two-season wreath


 

Tie the bow with the excess wire into a bow for easy removal when it is time to go back to a summer wreath. Remove the single sunflower and replace it with a small pumpkin pick.  You now have a fall wreath.


two-season wreath


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Check out five of the easiest patriotic crafts

If you are looking for easy patriotic crafts, look no further.  These 5 simple crafts will make the holiday a bit more fun. There is something for everyone, wearables, kid's crafts, and family crafts.  So let's get started!

patriotic crafts



First, make a long stem duct tape patriotic rose. It's so easy and quick to make and looks great on a July 4th table or in a vase for any event.  You can make it easy! 



 

Long stem duct tape rose DIY



For the next easy craft, get the kids involved.  Crafting as a family is a fun and rewarding activity. These napkin butterflies are a quick and inexpensive craft and will look great in so many ways.  You can attach them to a bamboo stick, hair clip, and more.  The kids will have a blast making these fun butterflies!

 


 


 

And for something a bit more elegant, why not make these patriotic tassel earrings.  Jewelry making is not as hard as you might think.  These earrings will be sure to get a lot of compliments so let’s get going and don’t forget to make a few for gifts too!






 

Our next craft is a cute wearable mini patriotic hat.  Simply attach it with some hair clips and you can be decked out for the party!






 

Finally, If you are getting your house decorated for July 4th, then you really need something to greet your guests.  The next project is a patriotic wreath.  Simple and so much fun to put together!





 That's all for today, come back for more fun DIY projects, and remember to make it easy!

 

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

How to make the cutest short stirrup horse show hair bows in minutes


 

horse show bows



If you have priced horse show hair bows recently you will know that they can be very costly.  Did you know, however, that will just a small amount of ribbon you can create your own short stirrup hair bows in minutes for much less? Embellish the hair bows with a small charm or alternately a ribbon knot added to the center of the bow. 

 

short stirrup horse show hair bows


Materials:

 

Bowdabra bow maker

Bowdabra hair bow tool and ruler

Ribbon of choice 1 ½”, 7/8” wide

Charm or bead

Alligator clip, French clip, or hair tie

Bowdabra bow wire

Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks

Lighter to seal the ends of the ribbon


Horse show hair bows in minutes


Instructions:

 

First, cut an 18” piece of bow wire, fold it in half and insert it into the Bowdabra. You will have a loop on one side and two wires on the other.





Next, cut a 15” piece of 7/8” wide ribbon. Fold the ends in half and cut at an angle to dovetail the ends. Use a lighter to lightly go over the ends to seal from fraying. (You may use clear nail polish if desired) Fold in half to find the center and insert into the Bowdabra guiding the tails downward.

Repeat the above step with another complementary color of ribbon for a second tail.  Dovetail the ends on this ribbon and insert it into the Bowdabra.


short stirrup horse show hair bows

short stirrup horse show hair bows



Make the main bow


Now, cut an 18 ½” piece of 1 ½” ribbon. (I prefer a wired ribbon for this bow since it can be arranged easier.) Seal the ends with the lighter. Fold in half to find the center and insert the right side down into the Bowdabra. Bring the right end over and insert the tail end into the Bowdabra.


short stirrup horse show hair bows

short stirrup horse show hair bows


 

Next, bring the other tail end over and under the first loop forming an X, and insert the end in the Bowdabra.



short stirrup horse show hair bows


Push the bottom center into the Bowdabra, then push the top down into the Bowdabra as well.  You have made the Boutique style bow.




short stirrup horse show hair bows



Scrunch everything down with the Bowdabra wand.


short stirrup horse show hair bows


To finish, insert the two loose wires through the loop, and while the bow is still in Bowdabra pull tight. Remove from the Bowdabra, turn it to the back, and tie a knot. Adjust the bow and tails.


short stirrup horse show hair bows

short stirrup horse show hair bows

 

Using the wires from the back, bring the bottom wire back around to the front and insert a bead or charm through.  Bring the wires back to the back of the bow and tie a knot making sure the charm is centered on the front of the bow. You can alternately glue a ribbon knot to the center.


short stirrup horse show hair bows



Using a hot glue gun attach an alligator clip or a French clip to the back.  If you would like to use a ponytail elastic, use the bow wire to tie it on.  Cut off any excess wires.


short stirrup horse show hair bows



Repeat all the steps for a second hair bow and you will be all set for the show circuit!