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How to create a perfect spring rain boots door hanger with Bowdabra

rain boots door hangerI’m always on the search for pretty ribbon – especially if it has purple in it. Sometime ago, I found a lovely design of polka dotted navy rainboots with purple flowers ribbon and of course I had to buy it! Then the search was on to find complimentary navy blue rain boots to use along with the ribbon for a craft project. I looked high and low to no avail. Then I was in Hobby Lobby recently and found an unfinished wood piece of polka dot rain boots filled with flowers! It easily became a perfect spring rain boots door hanger. And it was 40% off – selling for a mere two dollars and forty cents! What a find!


A wood rain boots design is the perfect wall or door hanging decoration for spring! You know the saying, “April showers bring May flowers!” This was it! And the design is extra special if you include a matching bow created using the Bowdabra!


Materials

  • Unfinished Wood Rain Boots with Flowers Cutout
  • Navy and White Acrylic Paint/brush
  • Sponge Paint Dauber
  • Faux Flowers
  • Hot Glue
  • Polka Dots Rainboots with Flowers Ribbon – 2.5″
  • Bowdabra Tool and Wand
  • Bowdabra Bow Wire

Instructions


The polka dots rain boots design is unfinished and can be easily customized to suit the polka dots boots and flower ribbon.

 

First, by painting the boots a dark navy blue and let dry. A second or third coat might be needed.

Then, using a round paint dauber, add white polka dots to the rain boots and let dry.

Outline the rain boots with white paint and glue on faux purple flowers to match the ribbon.

rain boots door hanger

To make the Bowdabra bow for your spring rain boots door hanger

Cut an 18″ piece of Bowdabra Bow Wire, and fold it in half. Lay the folded bow wire in the Bowdabra, tucking loop and ends under. Because the ribbon has a print on one side going in the same direction, cut two separate 8″ tails, creasing one end down into the Bowdabra.

Crease the other 8″ tail down into the Bowdabra. The rainboot design on the tails should be going in the same direction.

Keep the remaining ribbon on the roll, creasing the end and placing it down into the Bowdabra. Fold a 5.5″ loop, creasing, and twisting the center of ribbon down into the Bowdabra

.Take the ribbon on the opposite side and fold another 5.5″ loop, creasing and twisting the center down into the Bowdabra. The rainboot designs should be facing the same direction.

Continue making two more loops on each side slightly shorter, as before. Folding and creasing the center and twisting the ribbon down into the Bowdabra.

And finally, make a small center or button loop to cover the bow wire in the finished bow, cutting off excess ribbon. Scrunch down the bow loops with the Bowdabra Wand.


While the bow is still in the Bowdabra, thread the loose ends of the bow wire through the loop and pull tightly while gently pulling the bow out.

Then take the wire around to the back of the bow and tie in a double knot and cut off the excess bow wire.

Dovetail the ribbon ends by folding the end ribbon together and cut at the fold on an angle down to the opposite ribbon edge. Fluff and straighten the loops on the bow.

Glue on the bow using hot glue at the base of the flowers and top of the rain boots design.


rain boots door hanger

What Pretty spring rain boots Wall Hanging/door hanger!

rain boots door hanger

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