I Like Big Buns and I Cannot Lie and a Felt Bow Tutorial
Ever since my friend Cosette started rocking big buns and showed me how easy it is to make it myself (there's a sock in there!), I've been obsessed with big buns (and I cannot lie).
After practicing what she told me and looking at good ol' YouTube for guidance, I started to perfect the look that I like. Apparently I dig these buns most at the top of my head, with a double layer of socks, and to leave it messy after I "rolled" it. AKA, no pins and no hairspray. I've gotten so good at it that it's my new go-to do when I don't have time to style it. It's seriously easy and quick! It also looks like I have TONS of hair which is perfect for a gal like me who has very, very, very thin hair.
Check out this video and try it for yourself:
One day when I was browsing Etsy, I came across some cute bows for the bun. Could I seriously make this 'do any more cute? Yes. Yes I can. How fun would these bows be under a giant bun? I felt like I was channeling the cuteness of one of my oldest friends, Vicky.
I was a few clicks away from buying a ton of these online when I thought, "I could make these!" And that I did.
I started searching the web to figure out how I could make a bow. It couldn't be that hard, right? Right! I found out how easy it is to make adorable bows - for hair, a bow tie, a gift, anything! At work, I practiced on a Chipotle napkin (above). Not too shabby, right?
Once I got home, I was determined to make myself some real bows. I grabbed whatever supplies I had on hand - which happened to be some felt - and got to work.
I totally went freestyle on this so here are the rough directions.
- Metal hair clips (I use these) or bobby pins
1. Cut a long piece of felt. Apply glue in the middle.
2. Take both ends of the felt and fold them so they meet in the middle.
3. Pinch the top and bottom of the felt rectangle in the middle. If needed, add some glue between the folds. Cut a thin piece of felt (about 1/2-3/4" thick) and wrap it around the bow. Glue the ends of the small piece to secure.
4. In order to keep the bow together while the glue dried overnight, I used a pair of pliers to keep the bow together. If you don't want to wait, a hot glue gun should help speed up the process. How do I not already own a hot glue gun?
5. Slip a metal hair clip at the back of the bow. Add a dot of glue to secure. (Not shown.)
You can also sew the bow instead of glue. I actually did this and I feel like it's a lot more secure. I just used some leftover embroidery thread from another project and it worked great.
Apply the bow at the base of your giant bun and now you've got a fun bun! I'm totally obsessed with this look now and wish I could wear it every day. My mom loved the look when I came over to visit, that she snapped a photo for me. The top photo are her amazing camera phone skills (with minor editing by me) and she doesn't even know how to use a touch screen phone. Go mom!
This bow would also be great to make bow ties for baby boys, tiny hair clips (just adjust the size of the felt) for precious girls, shoe clips (so trying this next!), or a fun addition to a gift.
Here are some other great big bun tutorials:
And some more cute bow tutorials:
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