*I received these ribbons free of charge from The Ribbon Retreat. The idea, tutorial, and opinions are all my own.
I grew up in a family of three girls. We always fancied our home to be something akin to Little Women. Lots of “plays,” make believe, dressing up, roughhousing, singing, arguing, and LOVE! It was so fun! And my mama always enhanced and facilitated that fun by providing us with a “dress up box,” creative birthday parties, endless patience for watching our lame made-up plays, and by creating fun holiday traditions.
One of my favorite things that she did for us at holidays was making us “Firecracker Bows.” It started as a Fourth of July idea (hence the “firecracker” nickname), and people loved them so much that all three of us ended up with Firecracker Hairbows for every holiday. One year my mom and I even made them in our school colors for my entire drill team and we all wore them with our uniforms when we were performing at football games.
These bows are so cute, versatile, and EASY! You can make them from ribbons, which is the original way that my mom made them and definitely the classiest looking option, or you can use fabric scraps and pinking shears. You can see what that looks like by visiting the Halloween Firecracker Bow tutorial that I posted on my blog last fall. Isn’t my model insanely cute? I couldn’t resist recruiting her again!
1. Gather up hair elastics and the ribbon that you plan to use. I used a package of the American Pride Seasonal Ribbon Mix from The Ribbon Retreat. It was the exact right amount for two piggy-tail hairbows that were VERY full! There are several options of patriotic seasonal ribbon mixes at The Ribbon Retreat, and they are all very cute!
2. Prepare by cutting the ribbon to your desired length. My strips were approximately 8 inches long. I was not precise about the lengths, because I think it is fun when there is a bit of variety of size and length in these bows.
3. Trim the ends in a cute way if desired. You can choose to use Fray Check at this point to seal the edges of the ribbons. They will hold up much better if you do, but you will have to wait for them to dry if you do so.