Many of us who have pets think of them as family, so we like to give them a little something to open for Christmas too. Why not make your dog a festive Christmas bow, so she can celebrate the special day with you?
If you have both a male and female dog, they would be so cute wearing coordinating bows in the same colors. I had this in mind when I designed this bow and the Christmas Bow Tie For Boy Dogs.
A little note about the sizing of this project: My chihuahua Holly is a very petite 4 pound dog, so the sizes for my bows are in proportion to her. If you have a small dog around this size, then follow the sizes given in the tutorial.
This bow can be adapted to fit any size dog. For larger dogs, just make larger loops and/or work with wider ribbon.
Don’t worry about making a collar that can only be worn for the holidays. This bow tie was designed to be removable, so it is easy to slide on a collar for Christmas. Then take it off to be used again next year. By changing the colors of this bow tie, your dog can have a whole collection of adorable dog collars all year long.
For a 3 inch wide Bow Tie, you’ll need: (See notes above about adjust the size for bigger dogs)
– 5/8 inch wide red ribbon with white polka dots (cut 14 inches long)
– 5/8 inch wide green and white satin ribbon (cut 5 1/2 inches long)
– 1/4 inch wide solid red grosgrain ribbon (small amount)
– 2 clear mini ponytail holders for human girls
– Decorative Shank Button
– Mini Bowdabra
– Hair Bow Tool And CD
– Bowdabra Wire
– Hot Glue and Hot Glue Gun
– Your preferred method for sealing ribbon (fray check, clear nail polish, a lighter, or wood burning tool)
– A purchased dog collar
1. Cut a piece of Bowdabra Bow Wire 18 inches long. Fold in half and place in the Mini Bowdabra that has the hair bow tool on it.
2. After the red ribbon is cut to size and the ends are sealed, make a 3 inch wide Boutique Bow according to the instructions on the CD that comes with the Hair Bow Tool. To start, fold the red ribbon in half to find the center and place it into the Mini Bowdabra.
3. Fold the left side ribbon to the other side of the Mini Bowdabra, then insert the end into the right side of the Mini Bowdabra. The ribbon should look like a large “O” shape loop.
4. Repeat step 3, but this time working with the free ribbon on the right side. When finished, the two loops will look like an “X”.
5. Press the center of one of the loops you made into the Mini Bowdabra. Then repeat for the other loop. When you are finished with this step, there should be 4 loops that are each 1 1/2 inch long.
6. Scrunch down the red bow center with the Mini Bowdabra Wand and leave bow on the Mini Bowdabra.
7. After the green ribbon is cut to size and sealed, place one end into the Mini Bowdabra. You will be making a 2 inch bow tie bow directly on top of the red boutique bow.
8. Fold the ribbon over and form a large loop. Place the end into the Mini Bowdabra. You should have one large green “O” shape.
9. Press the center of the green ribbon into the Mini Bowdabra, making 2 loops that are each 1 inch long.
10. Scrunch both bow centers with the Mini Bowdabra Wand.
11. Leave the bow in the Mini Bowdabra for now. Thread the 2 loose ends of the Bowdabra Bow Wire through the loop at the other end. Pull the wire tightly so the bow will not fall apart, then remove from the Mini Bowdabra. Separate the two loose ends of the wire and bring them around to the back of the bow. Knot once.
12. Slide 2 clear mini ponytail holders on one end of the wire. Knot both ends of wire in a double knot to secure ponytail holders tightly onto the bow. Clip all wire ends.
13. Cut red ribbon to size, wrap around the bow center and secure with hot glue.
14. Cut the back off of a shank button by using wire clippers. Glue button over the bow center. Fluff bow as needed.
15. Slide the finished bow onto the dog collar. Take one ponytail holder and wrap it around to the front of the bow, keeping it close to the bow center. Repeat for other ponytail holder if needed.
The Christmas Bow is now ready for your dog to wear. For safety’s sake, remember a bow is like any other item of clothing your dog wears, and they should never be left unattended while wearing their bow.