The Bowdabra is a handy craft tool that helps you create bows and related craft items by holding materials to allow you to tie and add more to your craft keeping your hands are free to work on your project.
Ease of Use/Performance: 20/25
How much I enjoy 20/25
The Bowdabra and Bowdabra Mini are just about the same product in different sizes that hold your project pieces while you’re working on them. The Bowdabra is the larger size at about five inches tall for the two uprights with a base of 5 1/2 inches by 6 1/2 inches.
The one upright slides and is spring loaded to make it push against the other side so the two uprights hold the work project in the center and allow you to use your hands for your work. The idea behind the Bowdabra is a simple clamp tool that holds your work and is easy to use with a simple push bar that pushes the pieces between the two uprights.
In simple terms this is a clamp to hold your work for creating bows and other craft items that makes for an easy way to work on crafts. The other idea is a wire that is used for tying the projects together that you can purchase from the Bowdabra Company or from just about any craft stores.
Any wire or fabric covered wire will work and the wire is simply used as a decorative way to tie up your bow or other craft project. To work on a project simply set the Bowdabra on your work surface and have your materials close at hand because creating projects with the Bowdabra will be quick and easy.
Place a piece of the Bow Wire about six inches long between the two uprights in the slot that is 90 degrees from the main spring loaded working direction. This wire is how you tie off your bow or project when it’s created and is an easy way to end your project.
Push the wire down to the bottom and then push ribbon or other materials down between the uprights using the spring loaded upright to hold the pieces in place. Placing the ribbon or other materials in a neat stack and turning the material will make different bows and creations.
You can use simple ribbon and many other materials to create bows and projects like hair ribbons and other creations like holiday decorations and gifts. You can start your craft projects with a bow or other ribbon oriented project and use the Bowdabra to create the bows and other items.
The Bowdabra is easy to use as you simply load the Bow Wire in and then insert the bow into the other slot and tie off the wire when you have everything in place and arranged how you want. You can easily experiment with the Bowdabra and take apart what does not work before securely tying the wire so you don’t waste material while working with the projects.
You can use just about any ribbon and several different types of materials including tulle, paper ribbon, plastic ribbon and metal ribbon or several types of fabrics. There are all kinds of projects you can create like hair ribbons using a hair clip or head band that you attach to a ribbon or bow with wire and use this as part of your project.
You can create hair pieces using a head band as part of your project and you just push this on top of your materials in the Bowdabra and tie it off with the wire to attach your project to the band. You can use this same process of putting the object like a head band or hair clip into the Bowdabra and tying them together to create all kinds of crafts.
Gifts and parties will be a hit with these simple to make bows but you don’t have to stop there, okay enough of the commercial stuff, I don’t want to sound like an infomercial for the company but it really is easy. I found creating a simple bow was easy and using the device to hold your work takes most of the effort and difficulty out of creating perfect bows.
If you ever thought creating bows out of simple wire and ribbon was difficult you can create them in seconds with the Bowdabra. Smaller bows like those little ones you see on ornaments and jewelry gift boxes are also easy to create with the smaller Mini Bowdabra that works just like the full sized one.
The mini Bowdabra is only an inch and a half tall with a 3 1/5 inch by 4 1/2 inch base to hold your smaller craft projects. The Bowdabra and the Mini Bowdabra really works as well as the site and all their videos show and it is great due to being able to easily take projects apart and starting over.
They have over 40 videos on YouTube showing different projects and they include a DVD in the Bowdabra to help you with some basic bows as well as how to use the device. The Bowdabra site also has some e-Books that can be purchased to give different ideas and step by step how to’s to create and make plenty of crafts.
If your at all crafty and want to create simple to complex projects starting with great looking bows the Bowdabra is a simple way to start your projects off easily. Check out the Bowdabra at their website and see the easy to use Bowdabra on their videos.
The Bowdabra costs about $20 and the Mini Bowdabra costs about $10 and is available at many craft supply stores such as Michaels and even Wal-Mart. The eBooks and tips, hints and project ideas are available at the Bowdabra website as well as YouTube under Bowdabra.