Can You Etch It – Hair Bow

Welcome to Can You Etch It, the web’s first laser engraving series that specializes in laser engraving strange, unique, and even common items. Today I’ll create a hair bow for my daughter.

Hair bows are almost a necessity for little girls.  They need different bows to match different outfits, in different colors, and different shapes.  It seems that there is no limit to the number of bows that one little girl needs.  Well, with all those bows, it can’t hurt to add one more, especially if it includes laser engraving.

There are many ways to customize hair bows.  You can control the size of the ribbon, the color of the ribbon, the size of the finished bow, the type of clasp, and any embellishments.  I have made a lot of things in the past but never a hair bow.  Well, today’s the day that changes.

The hair bow idea started with the embellishment.  I decided to create something custom for my daughter and she really likes cats.  The design started with her name, Brooke.  By adding a few lines and other shapes, suddenly we have a cat.  Just what every little girl needs.  A few minutes in the laser and the result is a one-of-a-kind hair bow decoration.  Now, all we need is the hair bow to put it on.

If you search the internet for instructions or tutorials on how to make hair bows, you will find a multitude of pages.  Choosing the right design can be difficult.  After choosing a few designs, I set out to make a bow.  Nothing is as easy as it looks online and making hair bows are no different.  After trying several designs (and realizing that I need more practice making hair bows) I settled on a basic boutique bow from the instructions on

The ribbon that was selected featured Hello Kitty, one of my daughter’s favorite characters (Who doesn’t like Hello Kitty?)  The ribbon is 7/8″ wide and about 21″ long.

After the bow was made, assembly was very simple.  The laser engraving was glued to the top of the bow and the clasp, to the bottom.  Easy as pie.

Why laser cut anything for a hair bow?

Hair bows and other fashion accessories are very popular.  With all the different colors, shapes, etc that are possible, the combinations of possible hair bows is almost endless.  But, with all those options, it is still hard to be unique at times.  Embellishments can help, but again, most are available for purchase.  To be truly unique, you have to either make or design something for yourself.  Laser engraving is a great way to make something unique.

Here is the video showing the names being engraved.  The first part of the video shows the name used to create the bow in this episode.  The design worked so well that I reduced it by 50% and made two more.  The second part of the video shows the two smaller designs being engraved.  At the end of the video you can see the final results.  For more pictures, check out the end of the post.

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For those of you who are keeping score, here’s the list so far: hair bow, a couple of American Flags, a gift card holder, plastic labelsSouth Dakota frig magnet, a few failed light switch plates, a taco shell, Mount Rushmore coasters, house numbers, a cutting board6 social media iconsa mirror, a hand-drawn robot design, a CD jewel casea pair of drum sticksa luggage tag, a fishing reel, a couple of impact sockets, a drinking glassa little industrial labelinga baseballa Frappuccino bottle, a tennis ball, 12 Scrabble tiles, a custom ink stamp, Thank You cards, M&M’s, a slice of bread, a clothes pin, a cinnamon stick, a sweet potato, a walnut, and a toothpick.

Let me know if you have any suggestions for future installments.  Have a great weekend.

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