Bow Basics: How to Cover an Alligator Clip

Posted on Nov 15 2013 - 7:00am by Traci

I know, this post is a little bit boring, stay with me k? One of my bestest friends in the world, Haley, taught me all I know about bows. Seriously, I was SO lost. I didn’t know what you needed to have, I don’t think I owned glue gun, and wrapping ribbon into something cute was SO confusing to me. Luckily, Haley is a pro and willing to share her skills. Thanks Haley!! 🙂

This was one of the first things she taught me, just how to wrap a basic alligator clip. This works well for the one or two pronged clips. I like to get my clips at Sally’s Beauty Supply. {No, no one paid me to say that! :)} They are a great price, and you get a ton!

IMG_5290 First, Put glue on the inside top. Yes, there is a top and bottom 🙂 The top will be the side that DOES NOT lay flat. Grab you glue gun and put some glue on the top, and lay your ribbon all along the top {centering of course!} 🙂

IMG_5297Second, wrap around the top and glue toward the squeezy part {yes, I did just say that 🙂

IMG_5298then glue into the part you squeeze, and fold around to the bottom.

IMG_5299then, I like to stop right where the two prongs separate. I know at times other people will continue on the bottom, fold around and into the inside bottom, but I feel like stopping here makes the clip have more grip to it.

IMG_5300And! You’re done!

IMG_5301Pretty simple right? 🙂 Then you just glue a bow on top. And if you use cute ribbon, that bow doesn’t even have to cover the entire clip! Sometimes it’s fun to see a bit of it poking out 🙂

One more tip: You can burn the ends of ribbon to make them seal and not fray, I do that quite often because fraying drives me nuts!

Another thing I have heard about, but haven’t done yet {because my little girl has more hair than I know what to do with these days!} Is you can glue some of the stuff you buy to put in your cupboards so your cups don’t slide around. Glue some of that to the inside of your clip and it will grip silky smooth hair better! 🙂

Happy Bow Making! More tutorials to come tomorrow! {And tomorrow’s is actually a bow! :)}

Traci 🙂


3 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Ida November 15, 2013 at 12:43 pm - Reply

    So simple and yet an essential step! And yes, I call it the squeezy thingy too!

    • Traci November 16, 2013 at 11:04 am - Reply

      Haha good! It probably has a technical name, but no one likes those right? 🙂

  2. Natalie Diaz November 19, 2013 at 11:07 pm - Reply

    This is creative I would say. I also try similar things many times and love to see such things by the people like you.

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