My daughter has a lot of bows and they are usually all over her bedroom floor because she decides that she wants to throw them out of their usual home.
I’ve seen a lot of wonderful DIY bow holders, but I really didn’t want something that I would have to hang on a wall or door. I wanted something I could put on her dresser and still have her room look clean and simple without the bows taking over.
The total amount I spent on this project is $10! The amount includes the keepsake box, the spool of ribbon, and extra glue sticks (I already had the glue gun, tape, pencil, and measuring tape on hand).
The only materials you will need to do this DIY are shown in the image below:
You will need a keepsake/storage box, spool of ribbon, glue gun, glue sticks, transparent tape, pencil, measuring tape, and scissors (not shown), and bows of course!
Before I list the steps on how to make this bow box, I want you to know that you can either be very particular about your measurements, or you can estimate lengths and build it using trial and error. After I made mine I realized that you could really go both ways. For presentation sake, I will include the steps for those who want their box to be done using measurements and not estimation.
*You decide what size box you’d like to use. I used a large box because I wanted enough space for Mariam’s bows. I also wanted to use the bottom of the box to store her headbands.
*Also, make sure the ribbon you are going to use is sturdy enough to hold bows without bending or stretching. I used a thicker “ribbon” that is basically a thinner type of rope.
How to make a Bow Storage Box:
1. Measure the length of the inside part of your box. This will determine how far you will need to separate each ribbon strand. For me, I used four ribbons total, each one 2.5 inches away from the other. You are going to need to measure both the bottom part and at the top of the box flap so that your strands line up.
2. Make your markings for where you would like to glue the end strands of your ribbon.
I’m marking where I want to glue the bottom part of the first strand. I’m marking where I want to glue the top part of the first strand.
3. Measure how long you want each ribbon strand to be. If you would like the box to stay open and stand alone (to display the hair bows), you will need the ribbon to be a little longer than the distance between the top and bottom points. (For example: if the distance between the two points is 20 inches, you want to cut 22 inches of ribbon each so that the box will open up a little wider).
4. You can either tape down the ribbon to get a feel for where you’re going to glue them, or you can go ahead and start gluing away!
Please note: this part is not fun or very easy. You’re going to wish you had more than two arms for this part! But it’s okay, make adjustments and find what works for you or get someone to help you keep the box open while you glue the pieces down. You also don’t want the box to stand open alone until the glue dries completely.
I taped the strands before gluing them.
5. Once you have glued both sides of each ribbon strand, give it ample time to dry before you arrange your bows on them.
Clip your bows onto each piece and work out how many bows you would like to have on each piece.
The cool part is that you can use the storage under your bows to store any extra hair pieces or hair accessories.
Let me know in the comments below if you’ve attempted this project or something like it!