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How to make a Bowdabra bow to beautifully upcycle a vase

Hi everyone, Steph Ackerman here today showing you how to beautifully upcycle a vase with Bowdabra. Making a Bowdabra bow will add just the right embellishment to make your vase spectacular!

upcycle a vase

How to beautifully upcycle a vase with Bowdabra


Bowdabra Bowmaker
Bow Wire
Ribbon of choice


First, cut a piece of Bowdabra bow wire.  Then, fold it in half and insert it into the Bowdabra.  You will have a loop on one side and two loose wires on the other side.  This will serve as your slipknot. Tuck the end under to stay out of the way while you are making your bow.  Insert your ribbon into the Bowdabra.

upcycle a vase

Begin making loops.  Make matching loops on the opposite side.

Bowdabra bow

Now, scrunch everything down with the Bowdabra wand.  Then, insert the loose wires through the loop and pull tight while the bow is still in the Bowdabra. Then, remove the bow from the Bowdabra, separate the ends, turn to the back and tie a knot.  Tie a double knot for extra security.

Finishing your vase upcycle

upcycle a vase

Use the excess wire to tie the bow to your upcycled vase, fill with flowers and enjoy!

upcycle a vase

For more quick and easy DIY tutorials please visit the Bowdabra blog each week.  And be sure and like us on Facebook.  Each Monday at 4:00 p.m. PST, 5:00 p.m. MST, 6:00 p.m. CST, and 7:00 p.m. EST, Bowdabra hosts Facebook live. There is always something new to make and we take you through the simple steps.  Also, you could be the lucky viewer who will receive a special gift!


Bowdabra's easy-to-create bow-makers are available at the Bowdabra website's online store and also at various retail establishments such as Amazon, AC Moore, Pat Catan's Stores, Jo Ann store, Michael's, and Walmart.

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