It’s never too early to think about holiday bows and décor. And in her ongoing series of the variations of bows that you can create in the Bowdabra, Sandy Sandler shows you how to make the perfect tree top or wreath bow. You can always change the bow colors of ribbon to suit your style or needs. Try making a large bow for the top of an Easter tree, or patriotic ribbon to make a door swag, or just use it for a large any season wreath.
To make your tree top or wreath bow, 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 ends under to stay out of the way while you are making your bow.
Next, take two lengths of the buffalo plaid ribbon and insert them into the into the Bowdabra. These will be the tails of your bow.
Now, take a long length of the ribbon, twisting it and place it in the Bowdabra with the wrong side of the ribbon facing down. Twisting the ribbon make it easy to make sure that the right side of the ribbon is always facing up.
Then, begin making loops and twisting back and forth matching the loop sizes. Continue twisting and making loops till you almost reach the end of your ribbon. Then, twist and make two loops a bit smaller than the other loops. This particular ribbon is a wired ribbon. Wired ribbons are great for tree top bows since they are easy to adjust and fluff even when stored. So, you can use the same bows from year to year!
You can keep going and make this bow as large as you want but for this demonstration, we will keep the bow at this size.
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 it to the back and tie a knot. Tie a double knot for extra security.
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