Fish Ribbon Sculpture Hair Clip Tutorial

Welcome to my tutorial on how to make these adorable little goldfish hair bows.

Date Created: 9/20/2015
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Time to Complete: 15 minute
Pricing: $3+
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Materials:

  • 5/8″ grosgrain
  • 3/8″ grosgrain
  • 1.75″ toothed alligator clip
  • (1) 7mm googly eye
  • scissors
  • needle and thread
  • hot glue gun

Measurements:fish-supplies-006

  • Body: 5-6″ of 5/8″ grosgrain
  • Fins and body center wrap: 1″ of 3/8″ grosgrain

Quick Instructions:

  • See video below for fully detailed instructions
  • Cut v shaped ends on 5/8″ ribbon.  Fold it in awareness style, taking notice that the loop at the top will be the mouth and use needle and thread to tie off center.  It looks like I liked measurement markings at 1.5″ and 5.5″ for center, so most likely 6″ of ribbon was used.  Mount on clip with glue.
  • Cut edge off of the 3/8″ ribbon to use a skinny approx 1/8″ wide or less piece for center belly wrap. Seal edge, then glue wrap around center, securing under big open part of clip.
  • Cut remaining piece of 3/8″ ribbon in half lengthwise at a diagonal to make 2 fins.  Glue under top and bottom of body.
  • Apply googly eye.

 

Instructional Video Tutorial:

 

Notes to Self on different renditions of making this fish:

  • #1) 5″ and 1″ – not long enough
  • #2) 6″ and 1.5″ – 6″ too long
  • #3) 5.5″ and 1.5″
  • mark 1.5″

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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 🙂

Butterfly

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3 Layer Butterfly ribbon sculpture hair clip bow

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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