How to Make Cheerleading Hair Bows

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Cheerleading hair bows complete the uniform look of the team members. They can be purchased, but making them yourself is a creative way to allow the cheerleaders to participate in their experience. It is a fun, spirit-filled project that can be done at the coach's home or after practice. In order to make bows, decide which type of popular cheerleading bow you want and begin to create it.

Things You'll Need

  • Scissors
  • Wide ribbon
  • Ruler
  • Hot glue gun
  • Funds to purchase ribbon
  • Narrow ribbon

Tuxedo Cheerleading Hair Bows

  • Choose fabric to use for your bows, including ribbon, silk, wool or cotton. Choose fabrics in team colors to intertwine or one solid color that matches the uniform.

  • Use wide ribbons about 2 1/4 inches wide. Cut sections 1 foot in length.

  • Fold the ribbon flat side down and make a loop with one end. Hold the middle of the bow down between fingers to secure, and then make a loop on the other end.

  • Cut a 3" piece of ribbon (same or different color) and wrap it around the middle section between the two loops.

  • Use a hot glue gun to seal the wrapped ribbon to itself.

  • Glue the back of a barrette to the ribbon.

Pinwheel Cheerleading Hair Bows (best for long hair)

  • Buy 1 and 1/2 inch to 2 and 1/4 inch thick ribbon. You can choose one or two team colors that match the uniform to bring out the uniqueness of this bow.

  • Cut 1 yard of each ribbon. Place each strip on top of the other.

  • Fold four loops on each side while securing the middle of the bow with your fingers.

  • Cut a 6 inch piece of ribbon (matching the other two colors) and intertwine it between each bow, wrapping it on top of itself and securing the spot where the fingers were holding the bow together.

  • Use the hot glue gun to seal the wrapping ribbon to itself.

  • Glue a barrette or scrunchy to the bottom of the bow.

Tips & Warnings

  • The pinwheel and the tuxedo bow are the most popular types.
  • Remember to plug the hot glue gun in prior to making the bow. It will take time to heat up.
  • You must let the hot glue dry completely on the bow before you attempt to glue it to a barrette. This may take about half an hour.
  • Don't let the hot glue gun heat up around an area with small children. The gun gets very hot and can cause severe burns.

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