When I was in high school, I bought a bunch of old windows from a friend I worked with. As a teen, I wasn’t sure what in the world I needed old windows for, I just knew that I did indeed need them. I don’t believe all of the decisions I made as a teenager were very clever, or even sorta clever, but I have been extremely happy with at least that one impulsive decision!
Old Window or Large Empty Frame
1″ wide Ribbon or Lace Trim (I used about 4 yds)
Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
If you don’t have an old window lying around, there certainly are plenty of places you can find one (Etsy or Ebay are good options). Or if you prefer, you can simply use a large open frame.
First things first, you’ll need to prep your window. This includes, cleaning and repainting if needed. A lot of old windows have lead paint so be careful and watch for chipping. I personally love the look of my old window and since it is out of reach of my little ones, I left it as is. I removed the gold latch from the front and added picture hanger brackets to either side of the back.
Lay your window or frame on a flat work surface. Measure and cut pieces of ribbon long enough to wrap around the entire front surface and overlap an inch or two onto the back. The first time I made one of these I only used five rows of ribbon, since that time we’ve acquired a lot more bows and I went ahead and added a few more rows.
Next, using a hot glue gun, secure your ribbon in place along the front side. Keep in mind, wherever you place glue, you will not be able to clip a bow there, so go as easy as you can on the adhesive. I glued each ribbon at the top, bottom and center pane. If you are using a frame you obviously will only be able to glue along the top and bottom of each ribbon. Make sure to keep the ribbons taut as you glue them in place.
TIPS FOR NOT BURNING THE CRAP OUT OF YOURSELF WITH A GLUE GUN:
First of all, in all my crafty years of experience, I’ve never met a glue gun that wasn’t about 10 thousand degrees too hot. Whenever using a glue gun, place the smallest amount possible on the desired area and then WAIT at least 10 to 15 seconds for it to cool slightly. I often times give that firey ball of flesh melting terror a few good blows before even attempting to adhere something to it.
Okay back to the task at hand. Flip your window over and glue the ribbon ends around and down to the backside of your frame or window.
This bow display has been a great way to keep our hair accessories organized and always easy to find. I hope you’ll give it a try!
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