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How to add some easy to make outdoor burlap decor bows with Bowdabra

            Hello, friends! It’s Nancy here with a fun new Bowdabra project! This one was a little bit tricky for me! However, I had this idea and made my outdoor burlap decor bows very easily.

The tricky part came when it was time to attach my bows and take photos.
There was a windchill of -41 C at the time,
so I hope you’ll understand why my photos were taken quickly! ;o)

Here’s what I did, using my favorite Bowdabra Burlap Ribbon:

How to create easy outdoor burlap decor bows

When we moved into this house a year ago,
The yard, front and back, was filled with statues and planters, and even a fountain.
We quickly cleared most of them out.
However, I did decide to keep these little gargoyles
that are mounted on either side of the front door.
Our Christmas decorations/lights are still all packed up,
but I did want to add something festive.
I think the outdoor burlap decor bows are a nice start.

Here’s how I did it:

Supplies Used:
These pieces are mounted to the house with two screws.
I began by measuring the distance between the two screws.
It measured 4 1/2″, so I determined that a 6″ bow would be just right.
Make the bow

1. First, I cut an 18″ piece of wire, folded it in half, and inserted it in my Mini Bowdabra, tucking the ends under.

2. I wanted long tails on my bow. I cut a 24″ piece of ribbon and inserted it into the tool
3. Leaving 2″ on the left side, I twisted my ribbon, and inserted it in the tool.
4. Since I’m making a 6″ bow, I made a 3″ loop on the right side. I twisted my ribbon, inserted it into the tool, and made a matching 3″ loop on the left side.
5. Next I repeated the process, forming a 2″ loop on either side.
6. I cut the ribbon off the spool, leaving a tail
7. After scrunching the ribbon down with the Bowdabra Wand, I untucked the ribbon. I pulled the two ribbon ends through the loop. Holding the bow down, I pulled the wire ends tight, and removed the bow from the tool.
8. I pulled the wire tight and tied a secure knot. Then I tucked the ribbon ends in, and shaped my bow.

9. I made a fishtail cut on both ends of the ribbon tails.

10. I repeated the entire process to make a second matching bow. Here are the finished and fluffed bows. I left the wire ends long, as I want to use them in the design.
Attaching your burlap bows
11. I went out side and used the wire to fasten the bows to my gargoyles. Then, I wrapped the wire around the mounting screws and tied a secure knot. I wrapped the wires around my fingers to curl them and left them hanging. They add a nice touch of sparkle.

12. Finally, I shaped the bow loops and tails!

There you have it!
A fun festive touch has been added to my front door!
Next, I need to make little Santa hats for the Griffin
but that’s a project for a different day! :o)

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Thanks so much for stopping by today!

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