DIY Upcycled Bow Hair Clips from Baby Headbands

A great way to keep using those elastic baby bow headbands for a long time as our little girls grow is to turn them into some cute upcycled bow hair clips for big girls. Learn how you can do this too!

Making cute Girl Hair Bows or any diy hair accessories doesn’t have to be expensive or hard. If you or your family and friends still have those cute baby headbands, just remove the elastic band and glue it to a hair clip. Voila, you’ve got some really pretty girl hair bows in just a few minutes.

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Cute Upcycled Bow Hair Clips out of Baby Headbands

I had already shown you in another post how I turned some elastic baby headbands into those plastic flat headbands and they turned out so cute. You should check it out.

One of our relatives gave us a crazy bunch of the cutest elastic headbands when my girl was born.

I got to use some but Em never really liked to have anything on her head besides hats (if any). Since I had so many of these headbands from a lovely brand called Love Lazos, I decided to make another round of upcycled hair accessories so my girl would have a second chance to use them.

I really LOVE these headband bows and I just couldn’t even think about giving them away or having them in a box with no use so that’s how I came up with this idea.

My girl started to have stronger and longer hair and accept ponytails and stuff (but never elastic headbands for more than 5 minutes) so I thought that French clips would be the perfect fit.

It doesn’t take more than 10 minutes to make them and now she uses them almost every day, especially for school.

Win-Win!

my daughter with Upcycled Bow Hair Clips

How to Make Upcycled Bow Hair Clips From Baby Headbands

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Supplies:

  • Baby old bow headbands
  • Small hair clips (I prefer French barrettes)

Tools:

  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors

Instructions:

1. Gather your supplies.

Babyold  headbands and french barrettes supplies view

2. Cut the elastics bands from the bows first so you get the whole bow separated.

 elastic had cut from baby headband

Cut as close as possible to the joints.

cutting the elastic band close to the bow

3. Then apply hot glue on the top of the clip and place it on the bottom of the ribbon bow.

view of applied hot glue on the back of the hair clip

4. Apply some pressure for a few seconds.

pressing the bow against the hair clip

5. Glue a small piece of ribbon (or even a piece of fabric scraps) over the top piece of the hair clip that is glued to the ribbon to secure more and protect the hair.

That’s it!!! Some cute Upcycled easy hair bow clips finished!

I made another one with a different kind of hair clip (Alligator clips). The same basic process to make it, the only difference was the type of hair clip itself.

 alligator clip view on a bow

UPDATE: I soon after changed the alligator clip for a french barrette because the alligator wouldn’t hold for long on my girl’s hair.

aligator hair clip secured open view

Tadaaaaa… Can you imagine a craft easier than this??? LOL.

Crafting Tips

* If the old headbands’ elastic bands are in really good shape, you can turn them into hair elastic ties by knotting both ends together. You might get 2 hair ties from each headband.

* If your bows don’t have embellishments you can add anything you have even small toys and buttons.

* Secure your hair clip to the bow by adding a small piece of felt or ribbon over the top part of the hair clip (the one glued to the bow) as shown above. This prevents the bow from coming off and also treats the hair well.

* This full tutorial will work with a small bow, a large bow, and even DIY bows.

Have you turned baby headbands into some other hair accessories before? Aren’t these girls’ hair bows the greatest option?

Never throw away unused headbands ever again!!!

3 Girl upcycled bow hair clips
3 Girl upcycled bow hair clips closer view

I love how she looks in them!

I try to match them as much as I can with her clothing using different hairclips every day… and yes she has that many LOL!!!!

my daughter showing her upcycled bow hair clips on her hair

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a french clip?

Also called French barrette (American English), hair clip, hair-slide or clasp (British English), is a clasp for holding the hair in place. It’s my personal favorite type of hair clip because it holds better. They are often made from metal or plastic and sometimes feature decorative fabric. In one type of barrette, a clasp is used to secure the barrette in place; the clasp opens when the two metal pieces at either side are pressed together.French barrete

How can you wear a hair clip?

There are so many ways to wear them But on my girl I usually use it:
– I make a half-up ponytail and attach the girl’s hair bows close to the elastic tie.
– Sometimes the same but to one side (I love this one)
– Sometimes I tie the half-up ponytail directly with the girl’s hair bows.
For myself, I love a half-up ponytail with only french barrettes or grabbing my whole hair in a bun and secure with the French barrette.

What if I don’t have old elastic bow headbands?

Then you could make a cute bow yourself and glue it to the headband, or you can buy cute bows at thrift stores or craft stores.

What glue is best to make bow hair clips?

In my experience, hot glue is the best. It hardens fast and in most cases, it won’t come off. But you are free to try and test other options.

More Hairclip Ideas to Try

If you enjoyed this cute upcycled bow hair clip tutorial, you might also love these other Easy crafts for kids too:

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DIY Upcycled Bow Hair Clips from Baby Headbands

Camila Rojas
A great way to keep using those elastic baby bow headbands for a long time as our little girls grow is to turn them into some cute upcycled bow hair clips for big girls. Learn how you can do this too!
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course DIY & Craft
Cuisine Easy Crafts, For Kids, Upcycling
Servings 1 piece

Equipment

  • Hot glue gun
  • scissors

Ingredients
  

  • Baby headbands
  • Small hair clips I prefer French barrettes

Instructions
 

  • Gather your supplies.
  • Cut the elastics bands from the bows first so you get the whole bow separated. Cut as close as possible to the joints.
  • Then apply hot glue on the back of the hair clip and place it on the bottom of the bow.
  • Apply some pressure for a few seconds.
  • Glue a small strip of ribbon over the top piece of the hair clip that is glued to the ribbon to secure more and protect the hair.
  • That’s it!!! One cute Upcycled bow hair clip finished!
  • I made another one with a different kind of hair clip (Alligator clips). The same basic process to make it, the only difference was the type of hair clip itself.
  • Tadaaaaa… Can you imagine a craft easier than this???
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11 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I so needed this tutorial, Cami! My daughter has about 500 baby headband bows that no longer fit her giant noggin. ;) Pinning, and thanks so much for linking up with us at Moonlight & Mason Jars!

  2. 5 stars
    Great idea, I hate to give up those cute baby items. It would be nice to reuse them as my daughters grow up. Thanks for sharing.

  3. 5 stars
    What a great way to not have to throw them away when the baby gets bigger! I love it. Thanks for linking it up to Snickerdoodle sunday.

  4. 5 stars
    CUTE CUTE CUTE!! And what great pictures!! I’m pinning this one to our DIY Sunday Showcase Talent Board!! Thanks for sharing with us!!

  5. 5 stars
    I love this idea for reusing baby headbands! I have bags full that I didn’t want to get ride of and this gives me some great ideas for them! Thanks!

  6. 5 stars
    Hi Cami, visiting your from The SITS Girls, those are super cute and fun to wear! You did a great job.

  7. 5 stars
    Hi Cami! My girls are 5 and 6 and I STILL have a TON of their baby headbands. I knew I was saving them for a reason. Thanks for providing the reason :) Hope you have a great SITS day too!