Easy 4th of July Hair Bows with Mod Podge Mod Melts

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Plaid Crafts and The Blueprint Social. All of my opinions are 100% mine.
Are you ready for the 4th of July fireworks to begin? We are! Mostly because this is the first year we won't have a child who is terrified of them. :) We've tested it... Disney is close... fireworks nightly. Just a few months ago we managed to get through them with no tears. And since we won't be the family huddled in the car this year while all the other kids run wild with sparklers, I decided to get my patriotic craft on. After all, I might actually get some non-crying cute pictures this time. Here's a quick tutorial on how to make easy 4th of July hair bows embellished with new Mod Melts by the makers of Mod Podge.

Now really, the only thing making these "4th of July" is the colors I chose, so you could easily make them Christmas bows or Halloween bows or I-just-like-pink bows by switching up the ribbon and paint.

  • Mod Melts mold
  • Mod Melts sticks (I used "sea glass" finish)
  • High temp mini glue gun
  • Hot glue
  • Various ribbon
  • Craft paint
  • Hair clips (a pack of 6 is around $2)
Step 1
Make your Mod Melts.
These are so easy and quick to make... and a little addicting. Use the sticks in your high temp glue gun to fill the mold, wait about 3 minutes, and pop them out.
Once you've got a pile of 'em, you can paint, glitter, or leave them plain. I did some painting before constructing the bows so they would have time to dry.

Step 2
Cut your ribbon. 
To make this particular bow (I'm going to show you how to make one... I got in a groove and made three) you need 5 pieces of ribbon. 3 at about 12" long, and 2 smaller ones at about 10" long.

Step 3
Make loops.
Take each ribbon and glue the ends together to make a circle. Then smoosh your circle down in half and put a dot of glue in the center so it forms a bow shape.

Step 4

Stack your loops.
I began with my single thickest ribbon. Put a dot of glue in the center and stack your loops on top. Glue between each one.

Step 5
Here's the fun part. Play around with your Mod Melts to give your new accessories some detail and personality. Just from the one mold I used, there were so many choices. I experimented with different paints too. 

Step 6
Add your clip.
To add the clip, I cut a small piece of matching ribbon, cover one side in a good amount of hot glue, and sandwich the bottom side of the clip between the bow and the glue-covered ribbon. (best chance of burnt fingers on this step... not gonna lie)

And there you have it. By embellishing the Mod Melts yourself, there are so many unique possibilities. I was lucky to get my hands on one mold for this post, but all the Mod Melts and Molds will be available at Michaels Craft Stores by the end of this month. There so many more options than I've shown here... dangerous, I know. :)

You can find even more ideas and inspiration from Plaid Crafts, the makers of Mod Melts via FacebookTwitter,  Pinterest, or their blog. Happy crafting!

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Plaid Crafts and The Blueprint Social. All of my opinions are 100% mine.


  1. Super cute hair bows for 4th of July! So glad you guys can now enjoy the fireworks without any meltdowns! Can't wait to try the new Mod Melts!

    1. :) Thanks Katie. (It's still weird to call you Katie) haha

  2. Oh I love these. I have the same mold so I'll have to make some of these for my daughter for 4th of July, she'll love them.

  3. This tutorial was great! I love seeing simple ribbons turn into something so functional. I think I will have to make a few for my girls to wear on the Fourth of July, they will love them! (and the hot glue idea...genius!)

    1. Heck yeah, hot glue! I can't tie a nice bow to save my life! haha Thanks!

  4. Love that you incorporated a patriotic theme into your project!

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    1. Thanks Rachel. Every morning when I'm doing my daughter's hair I keep telling myself I need to make other colors. She wants to wear these every day and it's almost October!