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How to upcycle scrap ribbon into a beautiful wreath bow with Bowdabra

Don’t toss those small scraps of gorgeous ribbon.  Upcycle scrap ribbon. Sandy Sandler, the creator of the Bowdabra is here to show you the easy way to upcycle scrap ribbon into a beautiful wreath bow with Bowdabra.

upcycle scrap ribbon

Materials:

Bowdabra Bow Wire

24”x3.5” Wide Chicago Green Ribbon

 (3) 18”x3.5” Wide Chicago Green Ribbon  

24”x2.5” 7564 Lemon and Blooms  

(3) 16”x2.5” 7564 Lemon and Blooms

(3) 10”x3.5” Wide Chicago Green Ribbon

9”x2.5” 7564 Lemon and Blooms

Instructions:

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.

Gather your pieces of ribbons and dovetail the ends. To dovetail, fold the ribbon in half and cut it at an angle away from the fold.

Next lay in a length of the green Chicago ribbon, followed by a piece of the lemon and blooms ribbon, green Chicago ribbon, lemon and blooms ribbon, green ribbon, lemon and blooms ribbon, etc. alternating ribbons and shaping as you go. Make sure you use smaller pieces of ribbon as you go.

Finally, using the last piece of lemons and blooms ribbon insert it from the top down like an accordion.

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.

upcycle scrap ribbon

You have a beautiful wreath bow and all you did was upcycle some scrap ribbon!

 

 

 

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