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Geek Crafts: Comic Book Hair Bow Project

Updated on December 30, 2014
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Comic book bow on a headband.Comic book bow on a hair clip.
Comic book bow on a headband.
Comic book bow on a headband. | Source
Comic book bow on a hair clip.
Comic book bow on a hair clip. | Source
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I had a lot of leftover comic book pieces from my previous comic book high heel shoe project, and I decided to see what other interesting things I could come up with to make. These hair bows are fun and easy, and they'll be a fabulously cute addition to any nerd girl's wardrobe! Plus, they make great gifts.

My materials!
My materials! | Source

Materials:

  • An old comic book. I used a crappy one (but with good-looking art) so I wouldn't feel bad cannibalizing it.
  • Scissors.
  • White glue. Generic is fine.
  • A small paintbrush. You can always just use your fingers instead if you don't have a brush.
  • Clear acrylic spray.
  • Some super glue. Use the gel kind (usually looks kind of like a toothpaste tube), not the liquid kind.
  • Hair ornament of your choice. I'll be demonstrating with both a hair clip and a headband.

Cut out a strip with a cool picture for your bow.
Cut out a strip with a cool picture for your bow. | Source
Fold all the edges behind.
Fold all the edges behind. | Source
Brush a thin layer of glue on all the edges and firmly press them into place.
Brush a thin layer of glue on all the edges and firmly press them into place. | Source
Cut out a second, smaller rectangle.
Cut out a second, smaller rectangle. | Source

Instructions:

  1. Find a comic book you don't mind cutting up for projects! My local used bookstore has a comic section where you can buy single issues for 25ยข. Look for one with eye-popping art.
  2. Search for a long horizontal strip of comic book page that you think would look nice as a bow and cut it out. Leave a bit of margin around the picture you like, since you will have to do some folding
  3. Fold every edge so that the cut parts aren't showing in the front of the bow.
  4. Fold in the sides so that the wings of the bow are the length you prefer, and so that the parts of the picture you like most can be seen.
  5. Use the brush to apply a thin layer of glue on the folded parts and press them into place. You should now have a rectangle with neatly folded edges. Set this piece aside momentarily.
  6. Cut another, smaller rectangle from your comic book. This one will be the center of the bow. Only a small part of it will be visible, so the picture is not that important.
  7. Fold the long edges of the smaller piece just as you did for the bow. Don't worry about folding the vertical edges, though. They won't be visible in your finished product anyway.
  8. Pick up your original piece again, pinpoint where you want the center of the bow to be and pinch it with your fingers. Adjust the wrinkles in the paper until they look the way you want them to.
  9. Now wrap the second piece around the center. Once you have wound it around 3 or 4 times, glue down the exposed edge at the back of the bow. Time to take a break! Let your new creation sit overnight to allow the glue to dry. If you like, you can make a couple more bows while you wait and finish them all up the next day.

Pinch where you want the center of your bow to be.
Pinch where you want the center of your bow to be. | Source
Wrap the smaller rectangular bit around the center and glue the edge down in the back of your bow.
Wrap the smaller rectangular bit around the center and glue the edge down in the back of your bow. | Source
Let your finished bow sit overnight while the glue dries. If you're impatient like me, try making more bows so you'll have a bunch to play with in the morning.
Let your finished bow sit overnight while the glue dries. If you're impatient like me, try making more bows so you'll have a bunch to play with in the morning. | Source
Spray each side with 2-3 coats of acrylic.
Spray each side with 2-3 coats of acrylic. | Source
Allow your new hair accessory to dry overnight before wearing.
Allow your new hair accessory to dry overnight before wearing. | Source

Instructions Continued:

Good morning! Time to finish your bows!

  1. Find a well-ventilated area and some breathing protection (a paint mask is recommended to prevent inhalation of fumes). Coat your bows in spray acrylic. I usually do 2 or 3 coats on each side. Wait for the acrylic to dry completely between each application and only do one side at a time.
  2. Once the coats are finished and your bows are dry, apply super glue (about a pea-sized glob) to the back of your bow and firmly press your desired hair piece into the wet glue. I know it will be hard, but allow the glue to dry overnight again before trying on your new accessory.
  3. Wear with pride! Make all the other girls in your D&D group seethe with envy! (Or give them as gifts if you're lawful good. Sharing is caring!)

Final Considerations:

Your bows will come out different sizes depending on the length and width of the comic book pieces you cut out, so experiment until you get the perfect size and shape!

Good luck making your own hair bows!

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      Lori 4 years ago

      This is a really cute tutorial! Thanks for sharing. I need to do this soon!

      -Lori

      http://girlhero.net

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      Christy Kirwan 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thanks, Lori. I hope you enjoy it!

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      Lynsey Harte 4 years ago from Glasgow

      Awesome tutorial!!!! I love the use of comics here! I am a fan of comics and love using the artwork in quirky ways ( I have made a pair of shoes from Judge Dredd comics- they turned out amazing!) I reckon I will be making some of these to go with the shoes!

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      Rae Saylor 3 years ago from Australia

      SO EXCITED TO TRY THIS!!!!! Thanks for sharing, pal! Voted up :)

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