Hair Bow Board

A useful and pretty bow holder made of inexpensive, if not on-hand, scraps.

Approximate Time: 20 minutes


  • cardboard OR medium-sized picture frame
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  • scissors
  • ribbon
  • fabric
  • loaded hot glue gun


  1. Open the picture frame to expose the wood or cardboard back to apply the fabric and ribbon to, or cut the cardboard into an even square or rectangle as big as is needed, depending on the number of hair bows the gift recipient owns or will own. I used a pre-cut piece of packaging cardboard from a mouse pad for the pictured hair bow board.
  2. Lay the fabric (with the front side facing down) on your work surface, and lay the cardboard on top of the fabric.
  3. Cut the fabric with about an inch of fabric bordering all the way around the four sides of the cardboard.
  4. Hot glue the fabric edges taut to the back of the cardboard. Let dry.
  5. Decide now whether you want the ribbon to be in vertical, horizontal, or crisscross arrangement on the front side of the bow board. Cut ribbon with about 2 inches extra length (because the ribbon will be wrapped over the front and glued to the back at both ribbon ends).
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  7. Hot glue the (fairly taut) ribbon ends at the back of the bow board. Let dry.

A framed hair bow board is just as easy to make and a little nicer-looking; I made a framed one for my niece, but don't have a picture of it now, sorry. If using a picture frame, assemble it without the glass or, if using cardboard, add a ribbon loop (glued to the back of the board) to hang the bow board up from. I simulated the loop style that is like the top handle to hang backpacks from.

Gift wrap. Optional: add one or more bows if you'd like to start or add to the recipient's hair bow collection.

Alternate board: Cut a monogram letter, star (or other shape), or an animal out of cardboard, then cover with fabric and add ribbon to hold hair bows!

Note: Quilted fabric or batting may be used for a fuller bow board, if desired.

By Erin R. from Seffner, FL


May 24, 20100 found this helpful

How cute. I love the plaid fabric. Thanks for sharing.

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