Day 18: A Bow Ring – a diy jewelry tutorial

A has been begging me for another ring, and I’m glad I had one planned!  Every day when she comes downstairs, she starts jumping up and down – where’s my advent? where’s my advent? What did you make this time, mommy? Then, when I give it to her, she ooos and aaahhs very appropriately. Its like Christmas morning every day.  This entire event has been so much fun and rewarding in so many ways!

I have such a soft spot for a pretty bow.  I love the bracelet from early on in the series, and I think I just might love this ring even more. It is so sweet, it warms me when I see it. This is another simple piece of jewelry to make, like the flower ring.  Sew up the ring, tie the bow, attach it and your done! The full diy with photos, especially directions for a perfect bow, is below.
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5/8″ ribbon (6″ or so)
Elastic headband (2″ of it)
Embroidery floss/thread
Time: 20 minutes

First, make the ring. Like the flower ring, the ring is made out of an old elastic headband.  The kind you wear to hold back your bangs, or go to the gym, or wash your face, etc.  Measure your child’s finger with a piece of string. Cut the elastic that size, plus about a 1/8″. You don’t want the elastic to have to stretch too much to get on the finger, but you want it snug enough to stay on.

Sew the piece of a elastic in a ring, making sure you go through the elastic part of the band. Sew a number of stitches to make sure the elastic is secure.
Finish off the thread and the ring is done.
Time to tie the bow. Here are the directions to make a good-looking bow. First, make two loops.

Cross the loops.

Bring the right hand loop through the hole.

Here’s the trick: hang on to that loop that you’ve pulled through and let the tails flip over the bow and down and let left hand loop rotate. It should look like this:

Now tighten and loosen it and play with it a bit.  It takes some time to get the loops even and looking just right.

Voila.  I would sew it on to the ring with its long tails still attached, the more you handle the bow, the more the edges will fray a tad, so wait to cut them.

Attach your thread to the ring first.

Go through the bottom of half of the bow to attach it to the ring. I had already cut the tails when I did this, but I wish I had waited until the end.

Finish it off underneath.  Trim your ribbon at an angle.


Now, I’ve ironed out the order for the rest of the jewelry pieces.  Keep coming back to check them out.  Don’t get jewelry fatigue now (is there such a thing?), there are some fantastic pieces coming up!

I went cross-country skiing today – so lovely and such a great heart-pumper.  I love the sun twinkling on the snow, breathing hard, and smelling crisp air.  Feeling quite re-energized.

  1. I’m loving these posts…you are amazing, Anne!! xoxo

  2. Hey Anne, i met your blog a few weeks ago, and I’m so in love with your criativity, you have a beautiful gift!
    Well, may I ask you what camera do you use to make such a beautiful pictures?
    Im looking for a good camera, and the pictures taken by you showed me that you got a good instrument while a good eye for photography and that stuff. I’d love if you answer me.

    P.S: you may email me with the awnswer (

  3. Hi there! I like how you advent tutorials are simple and doable.

    To prevent the edges from fraying, I usually hold them above the flame using forceps. Instead of using the pointy tip, use the other end (which means put it in between to clamp the edge), leaving about 2 mm of it to ‘melt’. This prevents the edges from curling, burning unevenly and the flame from eating up too much of the ribbon. Hope this helps. 🙂

  4. anne

    Thank you! I was concerned about discoloring with the burning. Someone else suggested Fray Check. Have you ever used that? I’m going to give that a whirl, too.

  5. Yeap, it will get a slightly darker discolouration but it’s fine for me. Makes it like a border? I’ve heard of Fray Check too but it’s rather hard to get DIY supplies here in my country. Have been finding for Diamond Glaze or Mod Podge to make glass tile pendants. :/

  6. I just found your blog on Circle of Moms. My daughter would love all of this! Thanks for the great ideas. I just threw a bunch of these headbands away last weekend… 🙂

    • anne

      Of course! Isn’t that always the way, you chuck it right when you need it. So glad you found me. Have fun making with your daughter!

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