When it comes to costuming, the magic is in the styling and the accessories. I know, I know! It’s hard enough to make the “main” pieces. Now we have to make the cherries on top? Well, never fear! Accessorizing can be quick and easy at the Dollar Tree.
When I was planning patriotic outfits for the kids, I grabbed these bows and hair barrettes at the Dollar Tree. (How convenient that the barrettes come in sets of three! Perfect for our three girls.)
Once I got a tube of Loctite Vinyl, Fabric and Plastic Repair Adhesive, I had everything I needed to make patriotic hair bows for the girls! So, as you can see, the only thing holding these bows together is a twist-tie. I tied the ends in a knot to better secure the center.
Next, I trimmed the ends of the twist ties.
With the center of the bow secure, it was time to glue it to the barrette.
I popped a barrette out of its packaging and got ready to glue it to the bow.
I spread a wide swath of glue down the center top of the barrette.
Next, I pressed the bow onto the barrette and clamped it with clothespins to hold it secure while it dried.
The next morning, I removed the clothespin clamps, and ta-da! Hair bows!
Now, it was time to use the same bows to make matching, patriotic bow ties for the boys! All I needed was another 2-pack of the patriotic bows and two packs of Headwrap headbands from the hair accessories section of the Dollar Tree. (Because I wanted to use the gold ones!)
All I had to do was to twist the twist-tie in the center of the bow around a headband!
In hindsight, I would have added a few dots of Loctite Vinyl, Fabric and Plastic Repair Adhesive to bind the bow ribbons to each other and then to the twist-tie, at the center before securing it to the headband. This is because Elliott’s bow started falling apart whenever it started twisting off of the headband. (And, this happened a few times during the shoot.)
Other than that hiccup, I have to say, these bow accessories were super quick and satisfying to make!
Time to see the bows in action! First, the hair bows:
And the bow ties: