Wednesday, December 2, 2015

How to Make a Bow for Your Christmas Tree

I love Christmas!  The music the decorations, wrapping presents to put under the tree.... it's a magical time of year and I look forward to unpacking each box of decorations and reliving the memories of Christmases past.  My children, now grown with children of their own, will tell you that we made ornaments every year for the tree and purchased many more that reminded us of places we visited.  Wooden ornaments from Germany and lots of glass "Wessley bobs" which remind me of the tree we decorated at home in England. 

A few years ago I started to add bows to the tree, so today I thought I'd share how easy they are to make so you too can take a tree from ordinary to extraordinary.

Making a bow is easy - all you need is wired ribbon, scissors and plastic cable ties. You can buy colored ones at the craft store, but you can also buy packages at the hardware, or even your local grocery store.

Start with a 24" length of ribbon. Cross the tails about 6" up from the ends.

Finger gather the ribbon tails together at the place where they cross, then pull 
the loop down behind and pinch together.

Wrap a plastic cable tie around the center and pull it tight.



Adjust the loops and trim the ends of the tails at an angle to finish.

Poke the plastic tie end between tree branches, or wreath.

It's that easy. You can make bows large or small, it's all the same technique. You can even layer bows of different sizes and colors together.  Wired ribbon is easy to work with. The tails and loops can be arranged perfectly every time!


There are quite a few family made ornaments on our tree. Over the next week or so I'll be sharing how we made some of them.  Enjoy!  Y'all come back now...........

Yours truly,
Julie :) 


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