Monday, August 18, 2014

Pencil Hair Bow Tutorial {20+ Back to School Ideas & Giveaway}


Now that school is rapidly approaching, we are starting to gear up for that first day, making sure we have backpacks organized and ready, lunchboxes cleaned and prepped, and beginning to think about that all important First Day of School Outfit. You know, the one that will be in all the photos you take as your little one heads off to school, some of them for the first time.

Since we all have little girls, we thought it would be adorable to make back-to-school themed bows that look like pencils.

They turned out so much cuter than we anticipated and our little girls just loved them!

 They were really simple to make, too. So, please clear your desk, and let's get started!


- 1" ribbon in yellow {patterned if you like or solid}, black, pink, and cream
- 1/4" ribbon in metallic silver
- Glue gun
- Glue sticks
- Fray Check {or lighter, if you live on the wild side}
- Hair clip
- Embroidery Thread
- Scissors or rotary cutter

1. First, cut your yellow ribbon 13 inches long. {After every cut, be sure to either use your lighter or Fray Check to seal the edges and prevent unraveling.}

2. Next, fold your ribbon like the letter N, adjusting the ends if you prefer a longer tail for your bow. This is a basic pinwheel bow.

3. Then, using a metal hair clip {can be purchased at your local Sally's or at this affiliate link through Amazon}, find the middle of the ribbon and clip it.

4. Using your embroidery thread, slip the ends through the clip and around your ribbon. Pull it tight and tie it in a strong knot. 

 5. Now to turn your yellow bow into a pencil bow! Cut your pink ribbon 1 1/2" in length. Glue half of the pink ribbon down, fold it over and glue it down to the other side. This gives you a nice, finished look.


 6. Cut your metallic ribbon 2 1/4" and fold it around the bottom of the pink ribbon, gluing as you go.

7. Cut your black ribbon into a 1 inch square and then, starting at the 1/2" mark, cut on an angle upwards to form a point. Do this to both sides.

 8. Cut your cream ribbon into a 1 inch square as well.

9. Using your scissors {or rotary cutter}, cut little triangles out of the top of the ribbon, cutting down about half way.

10.  Glue the cream ribbon over the black you cut out and line up the edges. Trim if necessary.

11. Attach the pencil tip to the bow, using more glue.

12. Cut the black ribbon about 5 inches long, fold in half {glue if needed} and then tie in a knot. Attach this knot to the center of the bow. Be sure to use enough glue and pull the ends tight and underneath the bow, trimming the ends of the black ribbon if necessary.

13. Glue to a hair clip and you are done!

Our little girls think these bows are the cutest things ever.

And we have to say that we agree with them wholeheartedly!

They are looking forward to wearing them the first day of school and probably many subsequent days after that, too!

Don't forget to add this adorable little pencil bow to your Back to School supply list! Your little girl will be sure to get an A+ in cuteness. {Sorry...I will stop with the school humor before I get sent to the principal's office.}

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  1. I love that bow!!!

  2. Incredibly creative, love it! Thank you for linking up to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party. I have pinned your post to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest board.

  3. This hair bow is SO darn precious! My daughter is only a year old, but when the time comes, I am TOTALLY making this for her! Thank you for such a great tutorial, too. Pinning!

  4. Please please please share this cute bow with my readers at my Show-Licious Party {live now}! It is precious and I can't wait to make one for Tootsie!
    ~ Ashley

    1. Thanks, Ashley! I linked up with your party...thanks for the invite! :)

  5. How adorable! I'll be making several of your hair bows this weekend. Congrats, you're featured this week at Organized 31's Inspire Us Thursday Link Party!

    1. Thanks so much Susan! We love your party and are honoured to be featured there! :)