Monday, May 28, 2012

DIY Bow Holder

I started making bow holders about a year and a half ago when I found out one of my best friends was having a baby girl.  They soon became the perfect gift to give expectant mothers along with some handmade bows.  Now that I’m having a little girl of my own, I’ve been on a mission to create different things to match her nursery.  One of the first projects on my list was a bow holder.  I didn’t want to do the typical monogram because the space I planned on hanging it was pretty big.  So, I decided to do a framed monogram look. I love how it turned out and even more now that it’s filled with bows.  The only thing I need is a little princess to put them on!

1 square wood frame (mine was from Hobby Lobby, but can be found at most craft stores).
1 monogram letter to go on the top.  Make sure it’s not too much smaller than the frame and definitely not bigger.  (Michaels is where I found mine).
Acrylic Paint to match the nursery or color scheme you’re going for
Matching Ribbon (Grossgrain is preferred, bows slip off the rest)
Hot Glue
Mod Podge


Paint the wood frame the color of your choice.  Here is where you can be as creative as you wish.  Think of fun patterns or keep it simple.  It’s up to you.  
After the wood frame is painted, brush over it with a layer or two of Mod Podge.  Make sure to get the sides as well, they will be visible.  
After the Mod Podge is dry, hot glue the monogram to the frame.  My “A” already came white, or else I would have painted and sealed it first.  
To finish it off, hot glue a ribbon loop to the top of the frame.  I used about 8 inches for the loop and glued a bow I made to the tippy top for an added touch.  
Lastly, using more matching ribbon, glue about 20 inches to the bottom of the holder.  I usually glue it in a loop and cut it at the bottom to create two straight lines of ribbon, which leaves two places to hang bows.  A final touch is to seal the ends with heat from a lighter. 

If you have any questions, let me know.  If you make a holder of your own, please share!


  1. This is precious! I don't know what I'm having yet, but if it's a little girl I want her to have lots and lots of bows and obviously she would need somewhere to keep them all! :)

  2. This is such a great idea!! If I have a girl I MUST make this!

  3. I made one last night with a little modification. I used a heart shaped back instead of square. It turned out pretty well I may trim and resell the ribbon once it is in place on the wall, it seems really long, but we definitely needed one with two strings. Her 1 spot one was beyond full...Thanks for the tutorial! One thing to add that may help is to melt/seal both ends of tr grosgrain ao it doesn't fray once you have bows going off and on a lot. May seem obvious and I did it, but for anyone unfamiliar with grosgrain the reminder can't hurt. Thank you again. It is darling.


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