DIY Girl Hair Bows out of Baby Headbands

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

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How to Make Girl Hair Bows out of Baby Headbands

I made a post a while ago in which I showed how I turned some elastic baby headbands into those plastic plat headbands and they turned out so cute.

You can see the post HERE if you are interested :D.

One of our relatives gave us a crazy bunch of 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. Since I had so many of these headbands from Love Lazos, I decided to make another round of hair accessories.

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 (never 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 everyday =D.


But What is a French clip?

Also called French barrette (American English), hair clip, hair-slide or clasp (British English), is a clasp for holding hair in place. It’s my personal favorite type of hair clips 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.

view of French barrette closed

open french barrette view

How do you wear a hair bow?

There are so many ways to wear them. On my girl I usually use it:

  • I make a half-up ponytail and attach the girl hair bows close to the elastic tie.
  • Sometimes the same but to one side.
  • Sometimes I tie the half-up ponytail directly with the girl hair bows.
  • To myself, I love half-up ponytail with only french barrettes or grab my whole hair in a bun and secure with the French barrette.

 my daughter with a hair bow

Girl Hair Bows Supplies:

  • Baby headbands
  • Small hair clips (I prefer French barrettes)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors

Baby headbands and french barrette view

Cut the elastics first so you get the whole bow separated.  elastic had cut from baby headband

Then I applied hot glue on the back of the hair clip and place it on the back of the bow and applied some pressure for a few seconds.

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

pressing the bow with the hair clip

That’s it!!! LOL

I made another one with a different kind of hair clip (Alligator clips). Same basic process the only difference was that I glued a small strip of ribbon over the top piece that is glued to the ribbon.

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

 alligator clip view on a bow

 crocodile clip open view

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

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

Never throw away unused headbands ever again!!!

3 Girl Hair Bows view

3 Girl Hair Bows closer view

I love how she looks with them! I try to match as much as I can her clothing with different hairclips everyday… and yes she has that many LOL!!!!

my daughter showing her Girl Hair Bows

Other Girl hair Bows ideas from my favorite bloggers:

What do you think??? Do you like this???? If you like this craft you might like these too {click on the images}

Turning Baby Headbands into Little Miss Headbands

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Til' next time...

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  1. 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. 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. 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. 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!

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

  6. 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!