How to make a Dollar Tree ornament into a super easy lantern bow

Easy lantern bow

Here at Bowdabra it’s Christmas in July and we have a ton of great ideas for décor, ornaments, gifts and more. Sandy Sandler, the creator of the Bowdabra shows you how simple it is to upcycle a Dollar tree ornament into an easy lantern bow.  Wouldn’t this make a great gift?

So, don’t wait till you are overwhelmed during the crazy busy holidays to start your Christmas crafts. Create by the pool, at the park, or in the house. When holidays roll around, sit back, relax on the sofa, and enjoy a cup of cocoa by the fireplace!

Video How-to -Easy lantern bow

Mini Bowdabra or regular Bowdabra

Bowdabra Bow Wire

treat bag candies

Bowdabra Christmas ribbon kits

Dollar tree ornament


First, cut a piece of Bowdabra bow wire.  Then, fold it in half and insert it into the Bowdabra or Mini 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, using scrap holiday ribbon pieces which have been dovetailed begin laying them in the Bowdabra. To dovetail, fold the ribbon in half and cut at an angle away from the fold.

Shape the bow as you lay in the ribbons by facing them in opposite directions.

Then, lay in your ornament into the Bowdabra with the ornament hanger.

Now, push 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.

To finish, fluff and arrange your bow.  Then, tie your easy lantern bow to a mini lantern and you have a perfect gift or holiday décor in just minutes!

Bowdabra easy lantern bow

Note:  Don’t stop here you can create different variations of this super easy lantern bow using other ornaments and ribbons for various themes!

Easy lantern bow






Bowdabra's easy-to-create bow-makers are available at the Bowdabra website's online store and also at various retail establishments such as Amazon, AC Moore, Pat Catan's Stores, Jo Ann store, Michael's, and Walmart.

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