Tuesday, August 21, 2012

DIY~ Duct Tape Bow

Hey girlies! Now that summer vacation is winding down to and end, we need to start getting back into the swing of things. School is around the corner and that means late nights studying, early mornings, and bad hair days. An easy, quick choice is to pin back bangs with a bobby pins, but using a bow adds some quirkiness and preppiness!

Bows can be great to accessorize an outfit or add some color, and wearing a duct tape bow will make an outfit pop! But you won't even realize it's duct tape from far away! It costs a few cents to make and it's a great project to do with friends on a lazy day!

What you'll need:

1. A roll of duct tape- any color
2. Ruler
3. Hair tie or bobby pin

Colored duct tape can be found in craft stores such as Michael's, Hobby Lobby, and Ac Moore and in drugstores such as CVS, Walgreens, Walmart and Target. They are around 4-5 dollars, but you can find them on sale! 
Or you can find some tape lying around from an old craft. If you split a roll with friends, it'll only be a few cents each! Plain old gray duct tape will work too! And its even more of a bargain!

Step 1: With the roll against the side of the ruler measure 2 pieces of tape about 8 inches long. This will make an average size bow, like the red or gray one above. You can customize it to any size.

Step 2: Once you have the 2 pieces, attach them with the ends meeting, about a quarter of an inch overlapping. This will make it more secure. If one piece is shorter than the other keep 1 side aligned and the other side will be folded over more, it will be covered in the next step.

Step 3: To compensate for the more side, we fold over that side first, stopping around the middle, and fold the other side over. Making sure the sticky part is completely covered. Keeping the crease in the middle will make the bow look cleaner.

Step 4: Scrunch up the bow like an accordion. Although it may be uneven, the piece in the middle will cover it. Keep the bow flat so it will lay flat on the head.

Step 5: Take a piece of duct tape about 1/2 an inch long and secure it around a bobby pin. 

Step 6: Now take the accordioned bow wrap the secure bobby pin around it. Make sure the tape is tight and the bow is still flat. Make sure the tape is going over the bottom part of the bobby pin and under the top, so it will securely hold hair. And you have a finished bow!

These bows look great with cute shorts or skirts and are sass to school outfits! You can mix them up with different patterns and create colorblocked bows! Save you from a fashion disaster? Leave your rescue story, questions, comments, and requests below. Stay beautiful!

xoxo Eve :*

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