This is my new favorite hair accessory for the summer! See the how to after the jump.
What you need:
• Fabric, mine is an off white canvas type fabric from Wal-mart
• Hair Clips, I used these
• Hot Glue Gun
• Food Coloring, I used the Neon Colors
• Bowl or Jar
• A Pot
• Soak your fabric in a vinegar and water mix for 30 minutes before dying fabric.
( 1/4 cup vinegar to 2 cups water)
• After the 30 minutes are up, take out fabric and set aside. Pour the mixture into a pot. Heat the vinegar and water to a boil, then add food coloring to the heated mix.
(I divided my mixture into a few different jars and mugs before I added the food coloring, that way I could dye a few pieces of fabrics at once, and also dip the fabrics in two different colors, without having to heat a new mixture.)
• I let my fabric soak in color for about an hour, you can choose how long you want the fabric to sit in the color depending on how vibrant you want the color...some will wash out.
• After you are done letting the fabric soak, run fabric under cool water until the water runs clear. Set fabric aside to let dry.
• After the fabric is dry, you can start making bows!
• Fold under the rough edges, or leave them if you like the fringe on the edge.
• Put a little bit of glue in the center of the fabric and fold outside edges to center.
• You will need a small piece of fabric to wrap around the center of the bow. You can use scraps for this or cut a small piece off your bow before you glue it.
• At this point you will add the hair clip. I bought some clips like these in the craft section at Wal-mart, it has a piece of metal that you can attach the bow to. I wrapped the center piece of fabric around it, adding hot glue as I went along. At the end I added some glue across the top of the hair clip to make sure the bow stayed in place.
• Yay, you're done! Pull your hair back, add bow, look cute. I also love the way they look right below a top knot.
Below are some helpful links to some of the products I used.