Four Square Bow Holder {Gift Idea}

August 13, 2011  •  Leave a Comment
A few months before my niece Abby was born, I started thinking of something special I could make for her. I knew she would have lots of hairbows so I decided on a bow holder.

I googled "bow holders" and got a few ideas of what I liked, but ended up coming with something completely original.

First, I decided on what colors & style of ribbon I wanted to use. {This wasn't easy for me. I knew my SIL wasn't 100% sure what baby bedding she was using at that point, and I was really worried about picking all the wrong colors.} I didn't want all the same color ribbon, that would be much too easy. So with the help from my unbioligical lil sis here is what we came up with:


{Please excuse some of the low quality photos in this post, sometimes my cell phone is all I have handy!}

By this point, I already had a good idea what direction the design was going to go in. The colors of ribbon I chose would be perfect for flowers, trees and butterflies.

We already had some extra plywood, so Andy was a sweetheart and cut four 4x4 squares for me.


He also drilled four holes in each square. Two holes at the top for the squares to hang and two holes at the bottom for the ribbon for the bows to hang on. But more on that later.

I used a pencil to sketch the basic design I wanted on each square.


Next, I started the painting process, which took about three days to completely finish. It could be done faster, I'm sure, but I took my time.


After they were completely painted the way I wanted, it was time to attach the ribbon.


I twisted the end of the ribbon and put a piece of scotch tape around it to slide it through the tiny hole. {I had Andy make the holes so small so there would be no chance of the knot being bigger than I wanted.}

For the ribbon that would hold the bows, I measured and cut it to be 36" long.


After I pulled the ribbon through the holes, I singed the ends to prevent fraying.

I tied two knots, leaving about an inch of ribbon on the end. I pulled the ribbon tight so the knot was touching the square. Next, I got my hot glue gun ready and wrapped the extra inch of ribbon around the knot.


 Then I hot glued the extra ribbon around the knot to make it look like a flower. {I knew this is how I wanted to do the ribbon, so I was sure to paint stems under each hole.}


I repeated these steps for all the holes including the ones at the top.

Here's the finished bow holder hanging in Abby's nursery:


And a close up of all the letters:






I'm happy with how it turned out!

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