DIY WIN: Glam Hair Bow + Headband, Glitter Optional… By DIY Bloggista Renee!


Happy Thursday afternoon, friends!  So… THIS happened today:

I was minding my own business doing some work earlier, and decided to look outside as I so often do.  At this time, I noticed a couple walking together, dressed up a little, but nothing fancy.  They seemed to be in their late 30s.  I think they caught my eye strictly because they were the only two people standing perfectly still in the middle of the sidewalk, and not talking.

There was something strange about this couple.  They appeared very focused on one another, yet their mouths weren’t spewing words a mile a minute in an involuntary attempt to fill every bit of time and space… the way *mine* does at Honey.  ”Amazing!” I thought to myself.  Were they in some sort of private cold war? or maybe a game of chicken?  You don’t see people standing motionless in NYC unless they’re having a disagreement, handing you a pamphlet you don’t want, hailing a cab, getting stood up, or they’re the one out of every 20 pedestrians here who is secretly or not so secretly insane.  We have three of the last ones on my block.  Suffice it to say they are abundant.

But this couple didn’t seem crazy.  I kept looking. I had moved from my chair to rightupagainst the screen of my window at this point, I was so drawn to the oddity.  I’m a people watcher so a unique couple like this is comparable to winning the megamillions.  I soon realized that they weren’t weird, they were just lovingly admiring one another and exchanging meaningful smiles– which they must have felt needed to be done standing still to have the intended impact.  What followed were 10 little pecks all in a row, on the lips.  And then back to walking… and off they went.  I jotted it down because it was one of the most beautiful moments I’ve ever witnessed and, like that couple, I would like to deliver 10 little pecks all in a row to Renee Hong’s cheek while standing still on the street, because the love I have for her first DIY with us is not unlike the deep, soulful love that couple has for one another.

Or something like that.  Renee Hong is one of our newest DIY contributors, and she’ll be visiting us regularly here on the blog.  SO.  EXCITED.  If you think she rules, let her know down below!  This is her first voyage on TKB!  Ok, take it away, Renee!

DIY: Hair bow for you and/ or your flower girls — wear it two ways!

Hi there, lovely readers — Renee here! I’m so excited to be the newest contributor on the Knotty Bride! I come here for all sorts of pretty inspiration and am awestruck that I have the opportunity to share bits of my creativity alongside such talented peeps. Today I’ll be introducing myself with a dreamy little DIY that showcases my dual personality/aesthetic. It presents a side of the pretty and soft look that I swoon over — but it doesn’t leave out the glitter and glam that is equally a part of me! This project will make a perfect gift for your flower girls (or even bridesmaids!). Flower girls are such a precious part of weddings, and a perfect way to make yours feel loved is to send her off with a charming handmade hair piece that she can wear on your special day. One of my favorite accessories for as long as I can remember are bows (what girl doesn’t love them?) — and that’s what we’re going to make! The best part of this DIY? You can style two ways. Check out the tutorial and choose — are you sweet or sparkle?

Here’s what you’ll need:

- White chiffon
- White tulle
- Scissors
- Needle & thread
- Hot glue gun
- Silver glitter ribbon
- Beret clip and/or headband

Let’s get started!

Step 1: Cut

Cut out three rectangles of chiffon and three rectangles of tulle, about 3″x4″ each. Stack the fabrics into one rectangle, layering the chiffon and tulle alternately — starting with tulle and ending with chiffon on top.

Step 2: Sew

Lay the stack horizontally and bunch the center of the stack together to create a bow shape. Sew the center to hold it in place.
*note: for a nice, fluffy shape, start at the top center and gradually gather the material towards the top — don’t just push the two ends together!

Step 3: Wear it two ways

SWEET: Grab an extra scrap piece of chiffon and wrap it around three or four times to make the center of the bow. Secure the back with hot glue and attach to a headband using hot glue.

SPARKLE: Use glitter ribbon to wrap around the center of the bow. Secure with hot glue and attach a beret clip to the back using hot glue.

Andddd you’re finished!

Thank you to lovely miss Erica-with-gorgeous-Goldilocks-hair who did a fabulous job modeling, and the amazing Jenna of Jenna Rae Photography who captured this DIY!

What do you think?  And would you make these for your flower girls – or maybe yourself! – to wear on your wedding day?  Also, which one fits your style better — sweet or sparkle? :)

Hope you guys enjoyed this project — can’t wait to post again soon!

xo Renee

Photography: Jenna Rae Photography

Label(s): Renee, {DIY + Freebies}

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  1. Jessie on June 7, 2012

    This is the cutest diy I’ve ever seen. And I love the alter egos of it! Fun to have options for making it the right fit for your flower girl’s personality :)

    • Alison on June 8, 2012

      So true! Very customizable!

  2. J on June 7, 2012

    I think my fave look is with the glitter ribbon, adds just the right touch of sparkle to that darling muted bow.

    This would be a great DIY to do with my fiancées niece I think. If she likes it she could wear it for the wedding!

  3. Jon on June 8, 2012

    Beautiful. Love it! :-)

  4. Samira on June 8, 2012

    Sparkle! I bet the flower girls will love making it too!

  5. Elaine on June 8, 2012

    I am so doing this with my flower girl! You usually see more childish projects for kids fashion but this is really chic and pretty, thnks!

  6. Alison on June 8, 2012

    Elaine – I agree; this one’s very elegant, but still fun for a kid! Renee really rocked it out :)

  7. Lena on June 8, 2012

    I love this–totally wearing that bow bedecked headband myself!

  8. Jan C on June 15, 2012

    very cute and creative!

  9. Swen on June 28, 2012

    Thank you a bunch for sharing this! Bookmarked!

  10. Jenna on June 30, 2012

    omigod how cute is this. Love the bow version without headband the most!!

  11. Tim Duncan on July 9, 2012

    Love love love bows! Thanks for sharing!

  12. on August 2, 2012

    If you’re in the St. Louis, Missouri area and want a great place for you DIY wedding reception, please consider Heart Banquet Centers.


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