Geek Crafts: Comic Book Hair Bow Project
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.
- An old comic book. I used a crappy one (but with good-looking art) so I wouldn't feel bad cannibalizing it.
- 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.
- 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 25¢. Look for one with eye-popping art.
- 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
- Fold every edge so that the cut parts aren't showing in the front of the bow.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Good morning! Time to finish your bows!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!)
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!