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The Sparkly Sparkler Bow

Can I just tell you that I love my job! I really do! It is so much fun to be amongst such creative and incredible readers, like yourself, and bloggers! Together we inspire each other to try new crafts and creative endeavors we may have not felt comfortable to tackle before. Personally, I was really intimidated by bows…silly I know. But, I love them. So after being so inspired by all of the bows that are showcased on our awesome blog, I knew I had to try at least one and after I made the super festive Patriotic Two Color Twisted Bows, I was totally hooked. Well, today Katie from ChooChoo Skadoo is sharing one of her very first bows and how now she is hooked too! Bows are so addicting and once you make one, you will be hooked too! Enjoy!

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I am so excited to share this fun festive patriotic bow with you folks today. This Sparklers Hair Bow is one of the first bows I have made so its beginner friendly. Fun and fast; my favorite kind of project!

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What you will need:
3 colors of the 3/8″ Glitter Ribbon: Red, Blue & White
2 7/8″ Patriotic Ribbons
Heat Source: Lighter
Glue Gun
Needle and Thread
Prong Clips or Hair Tie
Felt Circles
Bling or Resin

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Now lets get started:
Cut your top bow (glitter ribbons)
First one (white) 16″
Second one (red) 18″
Third one (blue) 20″
Heat seal each end with your lighter.

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Make a small loop and repeat so you have 5 loops.

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Then with your needle and thread, sew through the center a couple times.

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Don’t tie a knot or cut the thread at the end.

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Repeat with the red and blue. Make the loops a little bigger on each color.

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Using the needle that is still attached to your white ribbon, sew the red to the white.

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Go through both colors. Repeat with the bottom or blue layer.

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Knot thread and cut off. Set this portion aside for now.

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Cut 3 pieces from each patriotic print to 4.5″. (For a baby bow, I cut 2 of each print.)

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Cut the ends at an angle and heat seal each one with your lighter.
Layer your prints like below with a dab of glue in each center.

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Attach the top portion to your print ribbons with a good amount of glue.

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Attach a resin to the center of the top bow.

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Glue felt circle to bottom in the center.

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With a thin line of glue attach hair elastic.

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Trim felt square if necessary and glue on top of hair tie.

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Or you can wrap ribbon around your clip and glue it to your first felt circle.

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ALL DONE!

I hope you all enjoy this bow. My baby was sleeping so her stuffed dog was happy to model the bow for us!


Wow…Katie, great job! This is such a fun and festive bow, and I LOVE the glitter ribbon! That ribbon is perfect for a 4th of July Bow! Thank you for sharing your one of your first bow journeys with us! For more great projects by Katie, make sure to check out her blog at ChooChoo Skadoo.

I can’t believe that the 4th of July is here! I love this holiday and have absolutely loved the incredible projects full of patriotism and American Pride! I can’t get enough of the bold red, white and blue colors that are adorning our homes, stores and streets as all of us prepare to celebrate our nation’s independence! Speaking of red, white and blue, here are a few more patriotic projects that are screaming 4th of July…

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Ok…now that the 4th of July really is here, what are your holiday plans? Whatever they are…be safe, have fun and HAPPY 4th of July!

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One Comment

  1. Elvira Carpino
    Posted July 3, 2014 at 8:25 pm | Permalink

    KUDOS to you for putting these instructions in print and pictorially. I just cannot learn by video or CD. I have emailed many video sites
    and only one responded saying that it was more difficult to do a video than to print instruction. What does that mean? I hate the word
    discrimination but when I cannot make a bow that is so pretty because the only instruction is video- that is how I feel. i taught for many years and we had to accommodate all students’ capabilities. I felt for all of my students who had a difficulty and now I really know how they
    must have felt. We stayed after or came in earlier to help. Who will be helping those of us who cannot learn by VIDEO or CD?

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