DIY Spirit Bows

Since moving to the Eastern U.S., I have noticed that girls do a lot more to dress for foootball in a cute and spirited way than I’m used to.  I LOVE it!  I wanted to get in on it, so this fall I’ve made myself a pretty hairbow to wear to tailgates and for gameday.  I had fun making it, I think it turned out really cute, and it’s actually not that difficult once you get the hang of it.  I got compliments on it after just one game, so I think it’s a hit!

Here is the ribbon I picked for my bow. I liked the sparkly silver for a little pop of fun!

The finished product!

The perfect accent for gameday!

I would love to make my own tutorial to teah you how to make these bows, but I am just not talented enough to explain it very well! I used both of the following tutorials together to make my bow, and I think they are both very helpful.   I tried incorporating the silver glittery ribbon as a third layer on top of the navy and white, but it really just didn’t work well.  It was tough to wrangle all three ribbons and fold them all properly.  In addition, instead of making separate bows and layering them once finished, I stacked the white ribbon on top of the navy and folded them together to make one unified bow.  I personally like the look better that way, but you can also do it how the tutorials recommend and I think it will still look great.  I played around with the ribbon quite a bit before I actually cut any to get a good idea of how I wanted to do it and how much ribbon I would need.  I hope you find these helpful, and let me know if I can answer any questions about how I made mine!  I found the video on the Southern Plate page extremely helpful, but found that using both tutprials together really helped me understand the best ways to work with the ribbon, so I would recommend checking out both!

TwentyThreeOhOne: The Hair Bow

Southern Plate: How to Make Hair Bows, Video, & Step by Step

I hope you have as much fun as I did!  I am planning to make a couple of different style bows over the next months, so I will be sure to post updates as I have them!  Do you have any favorite hair bow techniques or styles?  What about favorite gameday accessories or outits?  Please share in the comments!



***Special thanks to the authors of the blogs featuring the tutorials that I have linked to!


Friday Favorites

After comlpeting my first final of the semester, I’m happy to be thinking about something more fun!  Soon, I will have successfully completed my 1L year… I can’t wait!

Epic Study Fort! It may not be very practical, but it was sure fun and made studying suck less!

Favorite confidence booster: I have always been very shy and had difficulty in social situations. This was such a great feeling, and I totally kicked social anxiety's ass!

Favorite tailgate game: Corn Hole! You don't have to be sober or drunk to play this one, and its tons of fun! - ALSO, totally in love with Noelle's seersucker shorts!

Speaking of seersucker... I LOVE just about anything seersucker! Click the photo to take you to an awesome blog post about it!

Favorite purchase this week: This Ann Taylor Loft tank! They were on sale for $15 and came in all sorts of adorable summery colors, but I fell head over heels for this amazing teal color. It's even more vibrant in person! I also found my favorite sweater in white and managed to get this tank and the cardigan for less than $30... Love me a Loft sale!

I made s'more of these s'more treats for the Blue and White tailgate last weekend! This time, I made three varieties: the original, some with peanutbutter added, and some with nutella instead of chocolate. (The ones in this picture are with peanutbutter!) Let me tell you, they were ALL delicious and were all a huge hit! I also really loved these pink and white sprinkles, via my most recent care package from my awesome mom!

I hope you enjoyed this week’s edition of Friday Favorites!  Please leave a comment if there’s anything you’d like to see in the next post!


S’more Treats

I found the basic recipe idea for these on Pinterest… and actually made them! I brought them to a tailgate and they were a huge hit! I think they would be great for just about any event or potluck, or just for fun at home. You could easily make a small single-serving batch in your toaster oven, too.
  • Prep time: about 20 minutes
  • Cook time: 4 minutes
  • Total time: 24 minutes
  • Servings: 24


  • 12 graham crackers
  • 2 Hershey’s chocolate bars
  • 12 S’mores marshmallows
  • 1 Dipping Chocolate
  • 1 pinch of Sprinkles
  1. Preheat the oven (or toaster oven) to 400 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and a plate with aluminum foil or wax paper.
  2. Divide each graham cracker into the 1/4 pieces according to the scoring on the cracker. Spread out the pieces over the cookie sheet in rows. To make 24 of these treats, you will most likely have to make them in two batches.
  3. Cut a square marshmallow in half or thirds (I found that in half made the marshmallow squish out over the sides a lot, which was yummy but not as pretty, so you decide!) and top every other row of the graham cracker pieces with the pieces of marshmallow.
  4. Break the Hershey’s bar into each individual rectangle and top the remaining graham cracker pieces.
  5. Place in the oven for about 4 minutes. You may need to keep an eye on them for at least the first batch, they puff and brown pretty quickly!
  6. Once they have reached your desired toastiness, remove the cookie sheet from the oven. Turn the graham crackers with the chocolate over onto the ones with marshmallow and press. Be careful not to put too much pressure or you will make a mess or break the graham crackers!
  7. Move them to the plate and place in the freezer for at least 5 minutes.
  8. While those are cooling in the freezer, make your second batch if desired. Now is the best time to begin melting your chocolate. Make sure to follow the instructions on the chocolate you bought. I chose Dolci Frutta ( because I have used it before, but you can use whatever kind you prefer.
  9. Once the chocolate is properly melted, take your treats out of the freezer and dip one half of each in the chocolate. Place them on a plate or cookie sheet lined with foil or wax paper and sprinkle with festive sprinkles, if you want. I used orange and black because it’s Halloween weekend. 🙂
  10. Allow these to set. I recommend placing them back into the freezer for at least 10 minutes, preferably a half an hour if you have the time. Once the chocolate has set, enjoy!
4/27/12 UPDATE:

I made s’more of these s’more treats for the Blue and White tailgate last weekend! This time, I made three varieties: the original, some with peanut butter added, and some with nutella instead of chocolate.  (The ones in this picture are with peanut butter!)  Let me tell you, they were ALL delicious and were all a huge hit! I also really loved these pink and white sprinkles, via my most recent care package from my awesome mom! (See also these treats’ feature in the 4/27/12 edition of Friday Favorites)

Have you tried any variations on this treat?  I’d love to hear both the successes and the “maybe I won’t try that again” stories!