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Make a Hairbow Holder from a Picture Frame

I started making the girls hair bows and headbands back in 2006. I made them various bow holders but with Shelby I wanted to make something different, and something I can hold both her bows and headbands! Later on she can use the hooks to hold jewelry or other things.

I had seen pictures of other bow holders made from picture frames with no glass or backing in them, and I have also seen bow holders with fabric as a background. All of which look adorable. In fact if I find a matching damask fabric I might add it to the back of the frame. But for now I love how it came out.

I had a hard time finding a frame in the size I wanted for cheap. This particular frame was 10 dollars, but you should be able to find it much cheaper!

What you need:

  • 16 x 20 plain wood frame ($10.00)
  • pink spray paint ($3.49) (I used ballet slipper pink)
  • small hooks (.97) (I used eight)
  • Various ribbons. (I used green in 5/8″ and pink in 7/8″)

I wanted to find a frame that was a little wider in wood but this one I liked.  You can probably put the hooks in with the back and glass/plexiglass in but I took it out. I also taped a fabric tape measure to the frame so I could get my measurements perfectly without the tape moving around on me.

It’s also important to measure where to place the hooks. You want them to all be even so the finished product is symmetrical. I placed my first hooks 2″ in and then each subsequent hook was 2.5″.

I knew that the measurements would be off because I was using only 8 hooks so I did four hook measurements from each side that way they would be perfectly even. That jsut meant the space in between the 4th and 5th hook would be a tad bigger (3″)

Once all the hooks were in place I did three coats of spray paint. It is pretty quick drying so I left it outside for a few hours before adding the ribbon.

Again, measure spaces in between the ribbon. You want it to look even. Using a pencil I marked 1″ from the inside of the frame.

This part was a little tricky because I was using two different size ribbon but I still wanted the space in between each ribbon to be the same. So what I did was measure from the end of the width of each ribbon and from the start width was 1.5″. Again your going to want to do the ribbon placement from the outside in. that way the middle ribbon is placed evenly in between.

Once you place the ribbon, then either use a staple gun or hot glue to attach the ribbon to the frame. make sure the ribbon is taught when you secure it down to the frame.

Flip the frame over, add your bows and headbands and your done!



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Amanda Acuña an influential Mom Blogger created MommyMandy as an online resource to the parenting community. She has four children and they currently reside in Texas.


  1. This is so cut especially for a newborn girl who don’t uses as many bows. But I tend to go overboard with bows after they have grown a head full of hair.

  2. Perfect! We have so many hair bows and they are thrown in a drawer and I never seem to find the one I am looking for! Thanks for the great idea!!

  3. This is a great idea! Looks so nice and neat! My daughters hair stuff is a mess and gets lost because we don’t have a good system for storing down. Thanks for the idea!

  4. Very cute! I want to have lots of headbands for my baby girl so people know she’s a girl..’cause I’m a big blue fan and think people will be confused! May have to try this.

  5. This would be a great idea for a tween room too, as my daughter uses so many clips and headbands for sports. Great trick to fasten the tape measure somehow to get the spacing right. I would also love this with a backing fabric. thanks for the great idea! My daughter needs something on her walls and this would be usable AND colorful too! For hers it would be lime green, orange and black. OMG she has quite the color splash in her little head now as a tweener. LOL!

  6. I’m so glad that I stumbled upon your blog! My best friend is expecting a little girl and her nursery will be green & pink. This would look perfect in it. I’m not terribly crafty, so I usually get lazy & just go to Babies’r’Us, but this looks easy enough. Thanks for the tips on measuring! I’m going to try to finish one before the baby shower this weekend.

    And congratulations on your little one. I hope Mom & baby are both doing well!

  7. That is just neat! I am going to keep that project in mind for if I ever have a girl. I really need to learn how to be more creative.

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