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How to make Festive Candy Canes and all kinds of Bows with the Bowdabra

This week on Bowdabra Live, watch as Nick from Nick’s Seasonal Décor comes visiting with lots of funky and classic, traditional, and new-fangled bows. He takes us through the entire process of creating these novel kinds of bows from scratch. Tune in to learn just how to make these bows and candy canes to decorate your hearth and homes. Set aside some as gifts for your loved ones as well.

A Funky Red and Silver Dovetailed Bow (Starts at 0: 40)

Materials required:

1. Nick folds the bow wire into half, and tucks it into and underneath the Bowdabra.

2. He creates a long tail with a loop with the red ribbon roll and adds it to the Bowdabra.

3. He carries out the same process with the silver ribbon roll to add to the other side and alternates between the two ribbons till there are 3 loops on each side of the Bowdabra.

4. He compresses the ribbons, goes on to pull the bow wire from one end of the Bowdabra to the other and ties the bow up.

5. He takes the bow out of the Bowdabra and finishes off by fluffing all the loops to make the bow professional looking.

6. Finally he cuts the dovetail pattern on all the tail ends.

A Classic Red Candy Cane (Starts at 7: 32)

Materials required:

  • 100 yard Bowdabra bow wire
  • Large Bowdabra
  • Hot glue
  • Candy cane frame
  • The ribbon made earlier
  • Silver and red embellishments like berries and picks
  • Red satin ribbon roll with glittery streak in the center

 

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A Classic Red Candy Cane

1. Nick takes the candy frame, adds a dollop of glue to one end and begins wrapping the red ribbon across the entire frame, leaving no portion of it uncovered.

2. He then carefully seals the ribbon end with hot glue on to the candy cane frame.

3. With some hot glue, Nick sticks the bow he has just made and set aside to the candy cane and fluffs up the loops one last time. You may tie the bow instead.

4. He waits for the glue to set.

5. Then Nick begins to tuck in a few silver and red embellishments like picks and berries with the help of hot glue to the bow for an elegant look.

A Traditional, Elegant Red-and-Ivory Bow (Starts at 12: 41)

Materials required:

  • 100-yard Bowdabra bow wire
  • Large Bowdabra
  • 2½” red and ivory glittery candy cane ribbon roll
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A Traditional, Elegant Red-and-Ivory Bow

1. Nick folds the bow wire into half, and tucks it into and underneath the Bowdabra.

2. He creates a long tail from the candy cane ribbon roll and adds it to the Bowdabra.

3. He then begins to create large loops one after the other on both sides of the Bowdabra in order to create a full, traditional bow.

4. Nick compresses the ribbons, goes on to pull the bow wire from one end of the Bowdabra to the other and ties the bow up securely.

5. He takes the bow out of the Bowdabra and finishes off by fluffing all the loops to make the bow very pretty and professional looking.

6. Finally he cuts the dovetail pattern on all the tail ends.

A Modern Icy Blue Snowflake Bow (Starts at 19: 45)

  • Materials required:
  • 100-yard Bowdabra bow wire
  • Large Bowdabra
  • A one-sided, 2½” wired icy blue ribbon roll with white snowflake patterns and frosty piping
candy cane and bows

A Modern Icy Blue Snowflake Bow

1. Nick folds the bow wire into half, and tucks it into and underneath the Bowdabra.

2. He creates a loop with a tail with the icy blue ribbon roll and adds it to the Bowdabra.

3. He keeps carrying out the same process over and over again on both sides of the Bowdabra till there are 3 loops on each side.

4. He then compresses the ribbons down, goes on to pull the bow wire from one end of the Bowdabra to the other and ties the bow up securely.

5. He takes the bow out of the Bowdabra and finishes off by fluffing all the loops to make the bow very pretty and professional looking.

6. Finally he remembers to cut the dovetail pattern on all the tail ends.

A Modern Bi-ribbon Red and White Bow (Starts at 23: 35)

Materials required:

 

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    A Modern Bi-ribbon Red and White Bow

1. Nick folds the bow wire into half, and tucks it into and underneath the Bowdabra.

2. He creates a long tail with the white ribbon roll to create a long base tail and goes on to add another tail with the candy cane ribbon of the same size.

3. He adds three large loops on either side of the Bowdabra with the white ribbon roll.

4. Then he goes on to add five small loops on either side of the Bowdabra with the red ribbon roll, adding a cute button loop in the center.

5. He then compresses the ribbons down, goes on to pull the bow wire from one end of the Bowdabra to the other and ties the bow up securely.

5. He takes the bow out of the Bowdabra and finishes off by fluffing all the loops to make the bow very pretty and professional looking.

6. Finally he remembers to cut the dovetail pattern on all the tail ends.

Candy cane and bows

Wasn’t this a great assortment of candy canes and bows? Be sure to be there for Facebook live each Monday at 4:00 p.m. PST, 5:00 p.m. MST, 6:00 p.m. CST, and 7:00 p.m. EST.

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