There are a few different ways to make a bow board.
This is one of the easiest ways, and I love how the frame turns your bows into art!
As you might know, I don’t have any girls.
So sad considering making bows is a stress reliever.
The Ribbon Retreat has a Youtube Channel coming soon with lots of video tutorials.
Well, this bow board was made for those videos.
Maybe someday they will hold the bows of a little girl.
For now, they will hold bows for decoration.
Have you been needing to make one for your little princess?
Here is your chance! You will see just how easy these are.
- Supplies –
The first thing you do is find a frame you love.
It can be new or second-hand.
As you can tell in the picture below, mine was second-hand.
I was looking for a frame that had beautiful detail,
and I couldn’t care less what was inside.
I pulled the picture apart, leaving just the frame.
I was pretty lazy and did absolutely nothing to get it ready for painting.
You may want to clean, sand, etc. depending on the condition of your frame.
The spray paint I used was a white spray paint from Walmart.
It was a primer and paint in one. Gotta love easy!
The weather here in Utah has been crazy warm.
It was warm enough for me to spray paint outside – in a t-shirt too!
When the weather isn’t cooperative, I usually do it in the garage.
I probably gave it about 4-5 coats of paint.
The swirls in the frame were hard to cover.
Paint until you like how it looks.
*Sigh* Much better!
Love that detail!
The next thing we are going to do is attach our fabric to the back of the frame.
The amount of fabric you need, depends on the size of your frame. Remember that fabric is usually about 42″ wide. Use this to decide how many yards you will need. I got one 1/2 yard for my frame.
My frame was very different, but most frames will have something
cardboard-like holding the picture inside the frame.
We will hot glue our fabric to that piece.
The fabric I chose for my bow board is Pink Sorbet Houndstooth in Sophie by Chez Moi for Moda.
I love this line!
Cut your fabric down so you have about two inches extra around the back of the frame.
Make sure to pay attention to the pattern of the fabric.
If you want it laying a certain way, double check that here.
Apply hot glue to the center on one side.
Pull up the fabric and press it on the hot glue.
Do the same thing exactly across from where you started.
Make sure to pull it taut.
Make your way towards the outside, switching sides,
going back and forth across the frame.
Each time pull on the fabric keeping it taut.
It should look like this when you finish those two sides.
Now follow the same technique with the other two sides.
Cut off any excess fabric.
I left a little bit on the corners so I could glue them down separately.
Once the corners were glued, I cut off the excess fabric there as well.
Now we are ready to add our ribbons!
I don’t have a ton of bows, so I just did two ribbons straight down.
You can turn the board and have a lot of ribbons going up and down, you can do criss crosses,
anything you’d like.
I didn’t do anything scientific to figure out how much ribbon I needed.
I just rolled the ribbon along the fabric and cut when I had enough.
Make sure to measure where you want your ribbons to go.
Measure and then mark your spots.
I divided the side by 3 and marked those spots.
Then hot glue your ribbon on one side, then on the other.
I turned the back over and then hot glued the other ends of the ribbons.
I measured this, but I also double checked by eyeballing it.
Sometimes I should not trust my measurements.
Once you’re finished with gluing on your ribbons,
put the back on the finished frame.
What a change! I love it!
Bye bye Moose (Husband says it’s an elk… is he right? :)), Hello bows!