Upcycle an old frame with this Farmhouse Bow Holder craft. This hair bow holder brightens a girls bedroom or brings style to a kid’s bathroom.
Farmhouse Bow Holder Picture Frame
If you read often, you know I have five kids. The first two are girls (ages 9 and 10) and they are quickly aging out of the hair bows. The youngest 3 are boys (ages 2 and under – surprise twins). That being said, my ten years of making picture frame hair bow holders are coming to an end. I wanted to give you one last craft before we hang up our last bow and call it the end to an era!
With this frame, we went a different direction. I decided to add a fabric backing this year. In the past, I did open picture frame with no fabric backing, but this year I wanted to offer a solution. With my older frames, I would put my hair clip on a ribbon and I would work really hard to not scrape the wall with the alligator clip. Having the fabric backing, offers a solution to my biggest problem (scratched walls!)
Upcycled Farmhouse Bow Holder Picture Frame Supplies:
- Old (or brand new) picture frame
- White spray paint
- Cotton fabric of choice
- 7/8” – 1.5” Ribbon of choice
- Hot glue/hot glue gun
- Tape measure
- Sand paper
- Garbage bags or paper bags
Upcycled Farmhouse Bow Holder Picture Frame Directions:
First, carefully take apart your frame, removing the glass and all backing like staples, nails, hooks, etc.
Take your frame outside and lay out plastic or paper bags. Place your frame on top.
Next, spray paint your frame white (or any color you choose) and let dry.
Once you frame is dry, you will want to do some sanding. Lightly sand your frame to give it a farmhouse distressed look or keep as is.
Find the perfect piece of fabric to match your child’s bedroom or bathroom. Measure the back of your frame and cut out a piece of fabric the same dimensions. Lay your fabric aside.
Carefully glue your ribbon across the back of the frame (make sure the front of the ribbon faces the front of the frame) leaving an even amount of space in between each ribbon to fit bow. You can do one ribbon pattern (as we have) or multiple patterns.
Afterward, glue your fabric piece (front of fabric facing toward front of frame) to the frame along the edges making sure the fabric is pulled tight!
Finally, if you choose, you can glue the back of the frame back on but leave the glass out.
Clip your bows to the frame and display in your room.
Excuse the quality of this photo. I made this frame ten years ago. I wanted to share with you another option, a bow holder without a fabric backing. I also used different patterned ribbons and allowed the color of the wall to come through between an open frame. Just consider it an option. I did find when putting the alligator clips on the ribbon, I was always attempting not to scratch or nick the all. So while the wall paint coming through was pretty. I had to be careful to not scratch up the wall!
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