Butterfly Ribbon Sculpture Hair Bow

I LOVE getting outfits for my nieces for their birthdays or holidays, and making hair bows to match. It is so fun to customize the kind of bow I think they would like and then matching the colors and styles. ¬†I usually end up with my most creative bows that way, because I’m not afraid to mix and match colors, since I know they obviously will look nice together since they look good on the outfit. The best compliment is then seeing them wear the outfit and matching bows ūüôā



3 Layer Butterfly ribbon sculpture hair clip bow


The outfit the butterfly was made to match

All ribbons are 3/8″ grosgrain

  • Outer wings: 8″ and 6″ of hot pink
  • Middle wings: 7″ and 5″ of yellow
  • Inner wings: 6″ and 4″ of apricot
  • Antennae: 1″ of aqua to make 2
  • Head roll: 2.25″ of aqua – Holding ribbon with alligator clip about one eighth of an inch sticking out of the end, place a dab of glue on that one eighth of an inch and wrap the ribbon around the clip and then secured onto the glue, making a small circle. Wrap around one more time and secured with a dot of glue on the back of the same spot, making a head with two loops.
  • Body: 1.25-1.5″ – Fold one end of the ribbon in half and slice a backwards V to make a smaller neck portion. Measure about a half to three-quarters of an inch flat body and then glue the bottom together lengthwise to create a tail. I think it looks better with the tinier body that doesn’t overlap the end of the clip. Keep body more like three quarters of an inch so that it is long enough for the head and antennae to go above the wings.
  • Clip liner: 4.5″ of aqua
  • Jewel:¬†approx 5mm jewel for body embellishment

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Ribbon Sculpture

Date Created: 8/11/15
Difficulty Level: Advanced
Time to Complete: more than 30 minutes
Materials Needed:
  • 3/8″ grosgrain ribbon, various shades of green
  • 3/8″ blue grosgrain ribbon
  • 1/4″ yellow grosgrain ribbon (or any size, just to cut out eyes)
  • (2)¬†approx 4mm wide¬†tiny green gems
Measurements: (and what the pieces are for)
  • (4-5) 2.5″ pieces of green grosgrain ribbons for body loops
  • (1) 2.5″ (possibly bigger) green for head
  • (1) 4.5″ green for clip liner
  • (1) 1″ blue ribbon to make 2 antennae
  • (2) tiny 1/4″ yellow oval rounded shapes for eyes

I cut lots of pieces and placed in a bag as supplies to make more caterpillars, but I only made 1.


Sorry, no tutorial available yet for this bow. ¬†Please add a comment below if you’d like to request to see instructions on how to make this bow.¬†