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How to make a gorgeous wall hanging with an easy Bowdabra layer bow

In this quick and easy DIY you will learn how to make this gorgeous wall hanging with a Bowdabra layer bow.

Hello, friends!

It’s Nancy here with another fun Bowdabra project!

I just love this beautiful lime green burlap ribbon!
I’ve been really anxious to use it on a project.
It’s so bright and cheerful, and the texture is fabulous!

I finally decided to use it on a fun home decor project with a Bowdabra layer bow:

Here is how I did it:

Supplies Used:
Three Small Wood Frames;
Acrylic Paint – Cobalt Blue;
Frame Inserts of Choice;
Hot Glue Gun and Glue;
1. First, I started by preparing my small wood frames. I found these at a local dollar store. They came in a set of 6. I chose three of them to fit on my ribbon. Next, I removed the glass and the backing. Then I painted them with a cobalt blue acrylic paint. I love the contrast of the lime green and the cobalt blue!
2. I cut matching green cardstock to fit into each of the frames. It’s easy to get the right size by measuring the backing paper that was removed. I went through my stamps and found some fun images. I stamped them on the green cardstock, using a matching cobalt blue ink. Any image or photo that fits into the frame will work. I then reassembled the frames with the glass and backing. Then I set these frames aside and moved on to my bow.
Make the Bowdabra layer bow


3. I cut an 18 inch length of Bowdabra Wire, folded it in half. I inserted it into my Bowdabra, tucking the ends under, as shown in the photo.


4. I decided that I wanted my bow to measure 8 inches across. I began by inserting the ribbon end into the Bowdabra Tool, leaving a 2 inch tail on the right side.


5. I twisted the ribbon, inserted it into the tool, and measured a 4 inch loop on the left side.


6. I twisted the ribbon, inserted it into the tool, and formed another 4 inch loop on the right side.


7. I repeated the process and formed a second loop on the left-hand side. This loop I made 3 inches.


8. I then continued the same steps, until I had three loops on each side: a 4 inch, a 3 inch, and a 2 inch loop. Next, I twisted the ribbon one more time, and insert it into the tool. Then, I cut the ribbon leaving about an 8 inch tail.


9. I then inserted my Bowdabra wand into the tool, and scrunched down all the ribbon loops.


Finishing your layer bow
10. I then pulled up the Bowdabra Wire from under the tool. I threaded the two ends through the loop end. While holding the ribbon down securely, I pulled the wire up tightly. I then removed the bow from the Bowdabra Tool.


11. I pulled the wire ends to the back of the bow, tied it off securely, and trimmed the ends.


12. I then took the 8 inch tail and wrapped it around the center of the bow. In the photo above you can see the 2-inch beginning tail that shows on the right hand side. I tucked it into the center, under the wrap.


13. Here you can see that it’s all gone.


14. I then cut a 20 inch piece of the ribbon to mount the frames on. I’m sorry but I don’t seem to have a photo of it. It is just a straight piece. In this photo you can see where I tucked it into the back of the wrap.


15. I tucked the wrap tail into the back and trimmed it off. Using a needle and thread, I secured all the layers of ribbon together, and stitched on a plastic ring for hanging.
16. Finally, I adhered the frames in place using my hot glue gun. These frames are very light, so just a little dab of the glue on the top and bottom of the frame is all that’s needed.


layer bow
Here it is…hanging on the wall.
This was a really fun project to put together.
It would work with any of the beautiful Bowdabra Ribbons;
just a change of colors and images,
and it would look completely different.

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Thanks so much for stopping by today!
I’ll be back next month with another fun bow project!
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The Nickel Nook

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