Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Zipper Bow Tutorial

I saw these great zipper bows by Hot Topic and had to make some for my daughter.  They are super easy and a lot of fun.

Here are the supplies needed.

-1 Zipper from JoAnn's or any kind will do.
(I used a 24" zipper in black.  Regular price $5.79 and with a 40% off coupon it ended up being $3.47 not including tax.  You should be able to get a least 3 bows out of the one zipper.)
-Hot Glue Gun
-3/8" Grosgrain Black Ribbon
-1 Metal Hair Clip
-1 Pair of Scissors

If you have ever made bows, you know that you have to put ribbon on the metal clip.  Start with the inside of the clip.  Put a little hot glue down.  Just a little because it will squirt out everywhere.  Plus, you don't want to burn your finger on the hot glue.  Continue to wrap the outside of the metal clip with ribbon.  Hold the clip open while you are putting the ribbon on top.  The glue will squish through to the bottom of the top of the clip.  Continue all the way around until the entire clip has been covered with ribbon adding hot glue as needed. 

Cut the zipper at the one end as close as you can get to the end.   This will allow you to make as many bows as possible out of the one zipper.

I ended up making it about 6 1/4" in length.  You can eyeball this too.  If you want the bow to be longer,  just add more zipper.

Wrap the bow around .  Hot glue the both ends down.

When I hot glued the end down, I tucked the the ends in too.  Pinch the bow together and wrap a piece of the ribbon around the center.  Hot glue the zipper bow to your clip and you're finished.  Much cheaper than Hot Topic too.

Image courtesy of Hot Topic

Hot Topic has three for $8.00.  By the time you pay tax it's close to $10.00.  It's all about do it yourself.  Now, I'm going to find zippers that are gold.

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  1. I have a plenty of zippers laying around...this is such a fun easy idea! May have to try it! :)

  2. Completely thrifty and cool! I might have to add some to my nieces wardrobe. :)

  3. What a fun accessory to have! Love it! I am featuring it at Grab my "featured" button.

  4. OMG LOVE!!! I never thought to make bows out of zippers (even if I saw them at hot topic haha) Great idea! Thanks for the tutorial. Have a fab weekend!
    Stay Crafty x0x0

  5. I don't know what you guys have down there for second hand stores, but in Canada we have Value Village and I bought three zippers for 3 bucks. I'm also going to add some cool little buttons onto them to personalize them. Can't wait to make them!!

  6. i totally need these bows! i'd love for you to link this up to my new spread the love link party. there is also an amazing giveaway going on now for a green berry shop scarf! check it out if you are interested! {love} lauryn @