The Best Glue for Making Hair Bows

My favorite glue of all time to use for hair bow making is a high temp/high heat glue gun with high temp glue sticks.  You can find these at any craft store and they are just a few dollars.  The photo below is the gluegun I use and I purchased at Michael’s:

If you click on the photo, it will take you to an listing where you can purchase it for $5.00 plus shipping (if you don’t have a store local that sells them).

The only issue to be aware of when using the higher temp guns (you can also get a regular gun or even a low heat one) is the increased chance of getting burned because of the higher temperature used to melt the glue.

Hot glue finger caps will be life savers for you when working with hair bows and lots of hot glue.  Here’s what I’m talking about: Mod Podge Hot Glue Finger Caps  Especially when using hot glue for flower hair bows, you’ll want to be very careful to not burn your finger tips.  I’ve been using hot glue for bows for over 3 years now and haven’t burned myself until recently.  Let me tell you, the burns were BAD. I got blisters there and it burned for days.  Be VERY careful working with a glue gun so the same doesn’t happen to you and also consider the extra few dollar investment in the finger caps.  They are easy to work with once you practice a bit and will save your fingertips from the potential burns.



Wondering when to use alligator clips and when to use French barrettes?

It depends more on your preference than the type of bow. If the child has fine hair, I tend to go with an alligator clip. French barrettes are used mostly with older girls since they have more hair to hold that barrette. Also, I don’t use the non-slip grips. If you line your clip correctly you don’t typically need that, but it can’t hurt if you want to use it as a extra selling point and if your customer is requesting it.  I’ve found that the extra bulk in the clip actually makes it more difficult to work with in your girls hair and doesn’t always stay better.  I prefer to properly line my clips with grosgrain ribbon and haven’t had an issue with slipping.  Now the French barrettes will tend to slip more easily since they are typically larger than alligator clips and also because the way they are designed, the hold isn’t quite as tight.

The only bow that I would say is pretty much mandatory to use a specific type of clip would be a French barrette for a loopy bow.  Although I have seen bow makers create small loopy bows on alligator clips, so it’s not out of the question.

Alligator clip (photo courtesy of

French barrette (photo courtesy of

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