Tuesday, March 10, 2015

St. Patrick's Day Four Leaf Clover Hair Bow

 DIY St. Patrick's Day Shamrock / Four Leaf Clover Hair Bow / Clip / Barrette - www.sweetlittleonesblog.com


Since we're huge Notre Dame fans, I'm always looking for cute St. Patrick's Day ideas because they can be used all football season long at our house.  And probably the best thing I've come across is this cute four leaf clover hair bow!


DIY St. Patrick's Day Shamrock / Four Leaf Clover Hair Bow / Clip / Barrette - www.sweetlittleonesblog.com


It is so easy to make too!  I've made it for all my nieces and several of my friend's daughters too.  (We're all one big, happy Notre Dame family around here ;)

I found it originally here on Pinterest, but the instructions are in a foreign language.  So here is how to make this four leaf clover hair bow in English: 


Four Leaf Clover Hair Bow

Materials:

Cardboard (thin, like from a cereal box)
Pen
Scissors
Green felt
Fabric scissors
Green thread
Sewing needle
Green 3/8" wide ribbed ribbon
Lighter or lit candle
Hot glue gun
Hot glue stick
Hair clip


Four Leaf Clover Instructions:

1.  Draw a single clover leaf on the inside of a cereal box, then cut it out.  This will be your stencil.  Mine is about the size of a quarter.

DIY St. Patrick's Day Shamrock / Four Leaf Clover Hair Bow / Clip / Barrette - www.sweetlittleonesblog.com
Obviously, it doesn't have to be perfect ;)


2.  Trace your stencil 4 times on the green felt, and then cut out your clover leaves with fabric scissors.


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3.  Prepare your thread and needle, making sure the knot is substantial and there is a significant amount of spare thread at the knotted end.  (You will need this extra thread to tie another knot later.)


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4.  Place the first clover leaf facing up.  Near the straight edge at the bottom of the leaf, weave the thread under, then over, then under, and then over again.  See picture below.


DIY St. Patrick's Day Shamrock / Four Leaf Clover Hair Bow / Clip / Barrette - www.sweetlittleonesblog.com


5.  Repeat this for each clover leaf, keeping all 4 on the same thread.


DIY St. Patrick's Day Shamrock / Four Leaf Clover Hair Bow / Clip / Barrette - www.sweetlittleonesblog.com


6.  Push all the clover leaves together towards the knotted end, like this:


DIY St. Patrick's Day Shamrock / Four Leaf Clover Hair Bow / Clip / Barrette - www.sweetlittleonesblog.com


7.  Then, pull the thread as tight as you can and knot multiple times.  Trim the excess thread once secured.


DIY St. Patrick's Day Shamrock / Four Leaf Clover Hair Bow / Clip / Barrette - www.sweetlittleonesblog.com


Now, you have your four leaf clover!


DIY St. Patrick's Day Shamrock / Four Leaf Clover Hair Bow / Clip / Barrette - www.sweetlittleonesblog.com


If you want, you can stop here and make several four leaf clovers of different sizes to decorate for St. Patrick's Day with, like this...


DIY St. Patrick's Day Shamrock / Four Leaf Clover Wreath - www.sweetlittleonesblog.com


...or you can continue with the instructions below to turn it into a cute hair bow!



Ribbon Barrette Instructions: 

1.  Cut the ribbon to the exact length you need to cover the hair clip.  (The length I prefer is pictured below.)


DIY St. Patrick's Day Shamrock / Four Leaf Clover Hair Bow / Clip / Barrette - www.sweetlittleonesblog.com


2.  Carefully using a lighter or lit candle, run each end of the ribbon very quickly through the flame.  This seals the ends so they won't fray.  But be careful - it will catch on fire if you go too slow!


3.  Holding the hair clip open with one hand, run a thin line of hot glue on the top of the clip.  Quickly, place the ribbon on top, leaving 3/4 inch of ribbon hanging off the pointed end.  Let dry.


4.  Continuing to hold the hair clip open, place a thin line of hot glue under the top lip of the hair clip and fold the 3/4 inch of ribbon under.  Let dry.


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5.  Close the hair clip.  Now, run a thin line of hot glue under the hair clip and fold the ribbon under.  Let dry.  It should look like this:


DIY St. Patrick's Day Shamrock / Four Leaf Clover Hair Bow / Clip / Barrette - www.sweetlittleonesblog.com


Note: I prefer to leave the bottom of the hair clip uncovered by ribbon because it's easier to slide in my daughter's hair.  The hair covers the bottom of the hair clip anyway, so you can't tell there isn't ribbon there.


6.  Time for the embellishment - the four leaf clover!  Place a small dot of hot glue on the top of the ribbon barrette.  Quickly, place the clover on top.  Let dry.   

Your hair bow is now ready to go!


DIY St. Patrick's Day Shamrock / Four Leaf Clover Hair Bow / Clip / Barrette - www.sweetlittleonesblog.com


The perfect accessory for a little girl for St. Patrick's Day :)


DIY St. Patrick's Day Shamrock / Four Leaf Clover Hair Bow / Clip / Barrette - www.sweetlittleonesblog.com


And for all of Notre Dame football season too!


DIY St. Patrick's Day Shamrock / Four Leaf Clover Hair Bow / Clip / Barrette - www.sweetlittleonesblog.com


Happy St. Patrick's Day!  And goooooo Irish!!!!


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22 comments:

  1. I LOVE IT!! It looks totally doable and we'd get a lot of wear out of them. I found some darling St. Patrick's Day hair bows at Wal-Mart this weekend :) We sure love this time of year :) Your daughter is the cutest!!

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  2. I love the shamrock clip, super cute and the last picture is just priceless! My hubby wants to take a road trip-12 hours-to Notre Dame to take our kids to a game! We go once a year when they head out to to East Coast! And for now the biggest ND they see is the one that is painted in our back yard when my hubby paints a football field! :-)
    Love that you shared this on Making Memories Mondays!
    Cathy

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  3. So cute! Love the wreath too! Thank you for sharing on VMG206 Brag About It link party!


    Laurie
    My Husband Has Too Many Hobbies

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  4. Oh my goodness this is so cute! Love this idea and how easy it is.

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  5. So so cute. My girls would love this. :)

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  6. so cute! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  7. Pam@over50feeling40March 13, 2015 at 8:48 AM

    So,so cute and looks really easy! Thanks for sharing with the Thursday Blog hop!

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  8. Aww these are so cute! I should make some for my little one :) Thanks for sharing on the Saturday spotlight! XO

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  9. Kim Daniels LewisMarch 16, 2015 at 2:11 PM

    Oh my…so cute! I always get so excited to see what you have brought to the party! Pinned and tweeted. Thank you for being part of our party. I hope to see you on tonight at 7. Lou Lou Girls

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  10. Thank you! I love this holiday too...time to stock up on Notre Dame decor and accessories ;) And speaking of that...I hope the luck of the Irish sticks with us for the NCAA tournament this week! Happy St. Patrick's Day!!! -Jess

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  11. That is some dedication, but it would be a blast! Thankfully, we don't live too terribly far, so we take the kids up to campus every year on a game day. It is so fun! There is nothing like Notre Dame's campus. If you go, let me know, and I can tell you the best spots to go to! Thanks for hosting! And gooooooo Irish! Hope they continue this winning streak into the NCAA tournament! -Jess

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  12. Thank you! They'd be perfect for your two girls! -Jess

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  13. Thanks! Happy St. Patrick's Day! -Jess

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  14. Thank you! Happy St. Patrick's Day! -Jess

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  15. Thank you and thanks for hosting! Happy St. Patrick's Day! -Jess

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  16. Thank you so much! Your party is a great one - there are so many great ideas shared! Happy St. Patrick's Day! -Jess

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  17. Fantastic tutorial! Thank you for linking it up with Waiting on...Wednesday!

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  18. Too cute! Love how you used it on the wreath and as a barrette. Thanks for sharing!

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  19. As a Notre Dame family, a clover needs a home everywhere in our house ;) Thanks for hosting! - Jess

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