How to Add Bling to Hair Bows

Amber Riley wears a glittery hair bow and a sparkling smile.

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Add a little bling to boring hair bows without breaking the bank or breaking a sweat. Once you learn how simple it is to make your own sparkling hair accessories, you may never pay retail prices again. Rhinestones and vintage jewelry are two quick ways you can make distinctive, blinged-out hair bows with no crafting experience. Your friends may be a little jealous of your designer originals; it's up to you whether to tell them that you are the designer.


Select plain metal or plastic hair bows that are at least 1/2-inch wide. The wider the base, the sturdier your bling will be.


Select flat-backed glass rhinestones to cover the hair bow base. The rhinestones should be wider than the hair bow. You can also use vintage pins and earrings with colorful rhinestones to add a little bling-bling. Cut the pin backs or earring backs from the jewelry with wire cutters.


Heat up the glue gun and add a glue stick. Add a drop of glue onto one spot on the hair bow. Press the rhinestone or jewelry faceup into the glue. Hold it a few seconds until the glue sets up.


Continue to add rhinestones or jewelry along the base of the hair bow, one piece at a time. Be patient and wait for the glue to set up on each piece before moving on.

Things You'll Need


1.Plain hair bows

3.Vintage jewelry

5.Glue gun

2.Flat-backed rhinestones

4.Wire cutters

6.Hot glue sticks


Tips & Tricks


You can use viscous jeweler's glue to create a more permanent hold, but it takes much longer to dry than hot glue. Brace the hair bow between two books to keep it straight before adding the bling. Viscous glue can take up to 24 hours to fully set.

Add bling to hair bows made with ribbon or fabric by gluing small flat-backed rhinestones to the material. Dot loopy ribbon strands with small round rhinestones or embellish a plain, fabric-covered hair bow with larger stones.


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