Updated: Aug 9, 2021
I know many of you are like me and have, shall we say, a "few" hair bows for that special little girl in your life (whether that be your daughter, or, in my case, Bailey, a Yorkshire Terrier). Bailey has a ton of bows, and keeping them organized can be difficult. Recently, I was re-organizing the bows on Bailey's hair bow holder and realized I either needed to slow down on the bow buying (wait...what am I saying?), or find a better organization solution. As I have no desire to stop buying bows for Bailey (a girl can never have too many bows, right?), I decided to find another storage solution.
Currently, Bailey's bows are kept on a macrame cord wall hanger that I purchased form a home decor store several years ago.
I absolutely love the look of this craft hair bow hanger and decided that, instead of buying another one, I would take on the challenge of making my own hair bow holder as an afternoon DIY project. This would allow me to not only ensure my new hair bow holder matched my existing home decor, but would also provide additional growing room for my little girl's hair bow collection.
Here is how I did it.
DIY Steps: How to Make a Hair Bow Holder
Step 1: Gather your Materials
For this DIY home decor craft, you will need the following materials:
Cotton Craft Cord, 50-75 feet and 8 mm thick (i.e., macrame cord)*
1 Wooden Rod, 15 - 20 inches long and 1.5 - 2 inches in diameter
Silk flowers or other items to decorate the top rod
*Note regarding the Cotton Craft Cord: Depending on the desired length and width of your hair bow holder, you may need more or less cord. Also, you may opt for a skinnier craft cord (less than the 8 mm I used in this project) depending on the size of your particular barrettes and/or alligator clips. I use alligator clips for Bailey's hair bows, so this size works for me, but I recommend a skinnier craft cord if you are planning to use this for small French barrettes. Test it out and ensure your hair bows will fasten to the cord before assembling your hair bow holder.
For more detail on starting this project and the materials I selected, watch the video below.
Step 2: Cut the Craft Cord into 15 Strips
For this project, I cut out 15 strands of cord ranging from 3 to 4 feet (36 - 48 inches). See my video below for more information on cutting the cord.
Step 3: Attach Each Cord to Your Wooden Rod
The cord I selected is made up of three intertwined cords. To attach the cord to the top of the rod:
Measure the cord from the top down to 7 inches and mark the 7 inch spot.
Tie a knot in the cord at the 7 inch mark.*
Unwind the three intertwined cords from the top down to the 7 inch mark where your knot is located.
Take your wooden rod and center the knot at the base of your rod.
Take two of the three cords you just unwound and wrap around the back of the rod.
Take the remaining cord and wrap it around the front of the rod.
Knot the three cords together at the top of the rod.
*Note: This is a knot that will sit at the base of your wooden rod. It is important to have a knot at the base of the rod to prevent your cord from unwinding further in the future. Depending on the width of your rod, however, you may not need to create a knot as far down as I did for this project.
Here is a video showing how I knotted the cord around the rod.
Step 4: Knot the Bottom of Each Craft Cord Strand
Craft cord can unwind easily, so it is important to also knot the bottom of each strand to prevent unwanted fraying. I chose to knot each strand about two inches from the bottom and then loosened the individual fibers at the end to create a pretty knot with a frayed tail.
Check out this video to see how I did this.
Step 5: Attach the Hanger
For the hanger, I elected to use additional craft cord. I measured and cut a 5-foot cord and attached it to the wooden rod using the same method as I did for the individual cord strands in step 3. However, this time I fastened the knot that I made at the 7 inch mark at the top of the rod and tied the three strands together in a knot at the base of the rod. This is the opposite of how I knotted the individual strands in the previous step (where the 7 inch knot was at the base of the rod).
Check out the below video for detailed instructions on how to attach the cord to the hanger.
Step 6: Hot Glue All the Knots
Now you should have your hanger complete. To prevent unwanted fraying and slipping, I hot glued every knot. I did this in a two step process:
First, I hot glued the top knots of the cord directly to the wooden rod to prevent the cords from sliding on the rod.
I then squeezed hot glue into the center of each knot to prevent the knots from potentially slipping and coming undone in the future.
As I had 15 cords, plus the hanger, I had 49 knots to hot glue, 34 at the top and 15 at the bottom.
Step 7: Decorate the Top to Conceal the Knots
For my hair bow holder, I selected silk flowers to add to the top of the wooden rod as a decorative element, but you can use any craft items that can be attached with a hot glue gun (I think light wooden letters with your dog or child's name would be so cute as well).
To prepare the flowers, I cut each silk flower at the base. (Note: If you are using silk flowers, while not necessary, it is easier to cut the stems off with a wire cutter). Then, I arranged the flowers to match my desired look. Once I landed the arrangement, I got to work hot gluing each flower to the wooden rod.
Step 8: Hang Your New Home Decor Hair Bow Holder to the Wall and Attach Your Favorite Bows
Congratulations! You finished your very own macrame bow holder! Now, hang it on the wall, attach your dog or child's favorite bows to it, and admire your new DIY wall decor!