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The Perfect New Year’s Deco Mesh Wreath with Bowdabra

decorative New Year's Eve Bow and deco mesh wreath with Bowdabra

How to Make the Perfect Winter Deco Mesh Wreath 

Hey everyone! I’m Simply Shalese, here to make something awesome with you guys! Today we will be making the most precious and celebratory bow to add the perfect finishing touch to your winter deco mesh wreath. Let’s get started!

Gorgeous Winter deco mesh wreath


Bowdabra Bow Maker

1 ¾ in wide black floral ribbon

1 in wide white floral ribbon

5/8 in wide silver wire edged ribbon

Bow Wire


Placing the Bow Wire

The first thing I do is fold my bow wire in half and place it in the center of the Bowdabra. I usually use about 18 inches or so. Make sure you have enough to easily tie the bow to your wreath.

Adding the Tails

Starting with the black ribbon, I’m going to cut a 28-inch-long piece. Fold the ribbon in half to find the center. Scrunch it at the fold. When you scrunch the ribbon, you have to fold it in half and bring the front and the back up. Then place it down onto your Bowdabra. Repeat this step for the white and silver pieces of ribbon. I cut a 28-inch-long piece from each color. You can add as many or as few tails as you’d like. Just have fun with it and make it your own.

Be sure to use your wand to help scrunch everything together

Adding the Loops

Starting with your thickest ribbon, which is the black ribbon, scrunch the end of the ribbon and place it down onto the Bowdabra. Keep in mind that I’m using floral wire which isn’t as manipulative as other ribbon, so just be mindful. While keeping the ribbon on the roll, estimate a decent size loop and then scrunch the ribbon again. The size of the loop is completely up to you. For larger bows, make larger loops. For smaller bows, make smaller loops.

Repeat this step for as many loops as you’d like. I repeated this step four times and then cut the rest of the ribbon from the roll. When using the balloon ribbon, I cut the end of the ribbon a little longer to ensure that the bow doesn’t slip apart.

I made four loops of the black and four of the white. I decided to go with six loops of the silver. Scrunch everything together because it can get pretty tight.

Tying the Bow Wire

Give your bow one last scrunch and while the wand is in place you can adjust the bow as much as you’d like. Then remove the wand and bring the bow wire together. Bring the two open ends inside the looped end. While one hand is holding the bow in place, use the other hand to pull the bow wire taut. Then carefully remove the bow. Tie the bow wire in several knots.

Leave the excess bow wire in place. Do not cut it away. Keeping the bow wire in place helps you to easily tie the bow to a wreath of wherever you’d like to place it.

Adding your Center

Taking a piece of the silver ribbon, about 5 inches or so, tie it in a simple knot. Place the knot in the center of the bow and take it around to the back of the bow. You can hot glue this in place or you can just tie it in a knot at the back of your bow.

Placing the Bow on the Wreath

With the excess bow wire in place, find an open spot on the wreath where you can make your way to the ring. You have the option of placing the bow wherever you’d like: top, bottom, side. Once you decide on a place, tie the bow wire to the ring in a bow. I prefer to tie the bow wire into a bow as opposed to a knot because it’s easier to untie and move the bow around.

Curling the Tails

This is a final finishing touch that makes your wreath look so precious. Using scissors, gently pull against the back of the ribbon. The more force you have, the curlier your ribbon is going to be. Repeat this step with both the black and white ribbon. Since the silver ribbon is wire-edged, you are unable to use this method to curl it. You can, however, manipulate the ribbon by hand.

pretty New Year's Eve Decorative bow and deco mesh wreath

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