How to make a simple christmas tree topper bow
How to Make a Bow Christmas Tree Topper
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In this post I’ll show you how to make a bow Christmas tree topper! This is an easy and elegant solution that you can easily customize to match any tree decor!
Have you ever noticed that it’s really hard to find just the right topper for your Christmas tree? I don’t think I’ve ever found one that I really love and that works for me year after year, no matter what type of tree-scheme I’m doing that year. I find that store bought ones always seem just a little too cheesy, or a little too rustic, or a little too tacky. I’ve ended up using a whole bunch of berry picks from the floral section of the craft store, along with other unusual items to try to make my own, and that usually works quite well, but I picked up an extra roll of ribbon this year that I really wanted to use somewhere, so I decided to try my hand at a big, fluffy bow Christmas tree topper. It turns out that they’re pretty easy to put whip up!
This post is part of the December edition of the Thrifty Style Team project. Be sure to scroll all the way down to the bottom of my post to see all the other thrifty projects from other talented bloggers on the team! Wired ribbon can get pretty expensive, but it also goes on sale quite a bit around this time of year, so if you still don’t have a topper for your tree, you can make one of these quite affordably! Also keep in mind to search the after Christmas sales for clearance ribbon that you might want to use for this project next year!
Supplies Needed to Make a Bow Christmas Tree Topper
- Wide wired ribbon. My roll was 25 feet long and I used basically all of it for this one bow.
- Pipe cleaners (floral wire would work too of course, I just used what I had when inspiration struck, which happened to be way too many pipe cleaners. #momlife)
The things that I love about this is that you can reuse all of the supplies that go into making this bow topper in a different way next year if you want a different color of ribbon for your next tree. So this is a really practical and inexpensive tree topper solution!
How to Make the Bow Tree Topper
The process for making the bow basically involves creating as many loops as you want and then securing them tightly at the bottom of your bow to hold the whole thing together.
To make your first loop, unravel about 12 inches of ribbon from your roll, and create a loop. Next, create another loop by pulling out more ribbon and creating kind of a figure 8, then pinch both loops together at their bases.
Continuing creating loops until you have the full, fluffy bow that you were hoping for. My bow has ten loops for reference. I could have gone for more, but you do want to leave a little bit of extra ribbon so that you can create matching streamers to hang down from your bow topper over the top 1/3-1/2 of your tree.
When you have all of your loops done, pinch them all tightly together at the base and wrap them tightly in floral wire or pipe cleaners.
How to Make the Streamers for Your Tree Topper
Cut three to four lengths of ribbon that are about two feet long to use as your streamers. Cut the end that will be dangling down over you tree on an angle for a nice finished look. To secure my streamers, I just wrapped the top few inches of each right around the top of my tree. Since the ribbon is wired, it holds quite well and looks tidy.
Finish the topper by resting the bow on the top few branches of your tree. Feel free to make it even more spectacular by adding in some floral picks, or by using twigs and other natural elements that you gather from outside! I gathered some phragmites from the banks of our creek and tucked it in all over our tree for something a little different. I saw phragmites used in all kinds of beautiful holiday displays when I was in Old Montreal recently so I just had to try it out for myself. 🙂
Do you create your own tree toppers or have you found a store-bought one that you absolutely love?
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How to Make a Designer Tree Topper Bow with Multiple Ribbons
Alright guys, I’m going to come right out and confess it. I don’t really like tree topper bows. They’re just not my style. But a lot of my viewers have been asking for a tutorial, so I’ve got a fun little challenge today. How would I make a tree topper bow with multiple ribbons if I was making one for myself?
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Now, I want to start by saying that when I make bows for my own home, I don’t usually measure. I just do what I think looks natural. I’ll give you some examples in the video, but for the written tutorial below, I’ve given approximate measurements.
Let’s get started!
Supplies for Designer Tree Topper Bow with Multiple Ribbons
Additional ribbons as desired
Most of the ribbons I used in this tutorial came from Carolina Pottery. I also recommend looking at Trendy Tree.
Steps for Making Your Tree Topper Bow
Step 1: Forming the base of the bow
Start by unrolling some of the 4” ribbon and measuring a tail of about 24”. From there, measure about 21-22” for the first loop. Pinch and pleat it between your thumb and index finger.
Now, y’all know that whenever I’m teaching bow making, I always emphasize that you’ll start by pinching the ribbon just between two fingers. Then it gradually shifts back toward your palm as you add more loops.
But since we are using such a wide ribbon, this one is going to be a little different. You can see in the video that even after the first loop, I am not keeping it pinched tightly between my finger tips. There’s just too much material there.
Now twist the ribbon and continue adding loops of the same size.
The number of loops you need to make really just depends on personal preference. I don’t like mine to look too full and take away from the beautiful tree, so I am only doing four loops of the first ribbon.
Step 2: Adding the second layer of ribbon
Next, unroll a bit of your 2.5” ribbon. Measure and 18” tail and add in three 16” loops, pinching and twisting your working ribbon between each loop. These should all be above your 4” ribbon. Finish off with another 18” tail.
If you were going to add an additional accent ribbon like I do in the second bow of the tutorial video, this would be the time to do it. Check out the video tutorial for additional instructions.
For now, we are going to make the simple version of the tree topper.
Step 3: Placing Streamers and Making Adjustments
I like my tree topper bows to look nice and airy, but I don’t think it’s quite done yet. So instead of adding more loops, I’m just going to go ahead and add in a couple streamers to the back.
Cut a streamer of each ribbon and pinch it in the middle then add it to the bottom of the bow. I did not measure these streamers, but I would suggest about 24”
However long you want your tails, double that.
Now, before you secure it, make sure all the tails are in the back and the bows laying nicely together in the front.
Step 4: Securing the Bow
Turn the bow over and slide a zip tie underneath your index finger, Wrap it around the bow and tighten until all the loops and tails are secure.
Step 5: Trimming the Ends
Now, just finish off your tree topper by trimming the ends of each tail. I like to fold them in half and dovetail them for a tree topper. I think it’s a more festive finish than just cutting on an angle.
And that’s all there is to it!
Watch the video tutorial below to see me make 3 different versions of this bow.
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New Year's bow on the Christmas tree from a ribbon, master class
Every year, on New Year's Eve, all the inhabitants of our country are busy with one IMPORTANT occupation - everyone decorates their New Year tree! To facilitate this task, sales of all kinds of New Year's toys are gaining momentum in the supermarkets of our country: balls, stars, houses, cones, animals, snowflakes, bows and even fairy-tale characters . .. you can’t count everything!
Some Christmas trees will be decorated in a strict design style, others will be full of all kinds of toys, and others will be only rare collections…
This is all good, but you must admit, how nice it is to make New Year's toys with your own hands, in the circle of your family, saturated with emotions and fun of loved ones! Not a single purchased toy will bring such an effect!
Our site brings to your attention a very beautiful New Year's craft with your own hands - a chic lush bow for the Christmas tree, made with your own hands from ribbons!
Photo of decorating a Christmas tree with bows
These bows can be made in a wide variety of colors and sizes. This Christmas tree decoration will fit perfectly into any style, whether it is strict, consisting of just such bows, or a cheerful children's one, where bows are a fun addition to a great variety of New Year's toys.
A very big "plus" of such ribbon bows for the Christmas tree is that they are made very quickly! In any hour you can make a dozen of these decorations!
Why so many bows? Well, firstly, your Christmas tree can only be decorated with ribbon bows, secondly, with the help of such bows you can arrange any New Year's wish, rolled up in a scroll and inserted into a festive bright bow, and thirdly, New Year's costumes, a table and a room can be also decorate with fun bows! However, depending on the application, adjust the size of the bow itself!
Christmas tree bow, master class
Let's start our master class as soon as possible and you will learn all the stages of creating such a Christmas tree decoration.
Prepare and place in front of you:
- Sharp scissors;
- Bright ribbon 5 cm wide;
- Ribbon, 2.5 cm wide;
- Thin ribbon only 0.5 cm wide;
- Needle and thread to match the ribbons;
- Regular lighter.
To make one bow, you need to cut the prepared ribbons into small pieces:
- A piece of the widest ribbon (5 cm long) 15 cm long - 4 pieces;
- Pieces of medium-sized tape (2.5 cm) 15 cm long - 5 pieces;
We select four ribbons of each width, carefully place the narrow ribbon on the wide one, and align it strictly in the center!
And now we are faced with a very important task: to ensure a tight fastening of two ribbons superimposed one on top of the other and take measures to prevent the ribbon cuts from loosening! An ordinary lighter will help us with this! Thanks to her intervention, we will kill two birds with one stone with a slight movement of the hand - we will get rid of loosening and “fuse” the tapes together!
It is done like this: we bring a lit lighter to the edges of the ribbons and move it up and down - the edges begin to melt and burn (we do not let it burn, we blow it out). We should get an even fused cut:
See how four blanks should look like:
We bend our tape blanks in half. It's time to put all the details of our bow together.
Using a regular basting stitch for assembly, this is what it should look like:
We pull it together well, fasten it - we got this blank:
As you remember, we still have one more piece of tape left unused, 2.5 cm wide. Its time has come. We put this segment in front of us, visually mark its middle and sew along this line with the already familiar overcast seam:
You don’t need to cut the thread, just sew the ribbon to the finished workpiece.
And now let's remember about one more thin ribbon! With this ribbon. With a width of only 0.5 cm, we will carefully tie a bow in the center, decorate the middle, tie a loop - BOTTOM FOR THE CHRISTMAS made by yourself, completely ready!
I think. That your collection will not be limited to one bow, and the included fantasy will work with a vengeance, especially when it sees the result of its work:
Fantasize, dare, be creative . .. luck is on your side!
Learn how to make Christmas tree bows with your own hands
It's hard to imagine a Christmas tree without decorations. Someone has balls hanging on the branches of a forest beauty, and someone has bows. They can be made from paper or ribbons. Such decoration will create a real festive atmosphere. There are several ways to tie a bow. It all depends on its purpose. After all, a bow can be attached to a ball, just hung on the paws of a spruce tree, or you can decorate the top of a tree with it. It does not require too many materials. So, how to make bows for the Christmas tree?
What you will need
To make Christmas tree bows with your own hands, you need to prepare all the tools and materials in advance. You will need:
- Floral wire.
Ribbon must be chosen correctly
Before you buy a ribbon, you should decide on its texture and color. It is best to choose a material that matches the tone of the balls. As for quality, you can use the standard version - satin ribbons. Of course, for many beginners, this fabric may seem too slippery. Therefore, to make bows for a Christmas tree with your own hands, you can use a rougher material. If there is no skill in needlework at all, then you can take special tapes, along the edges of which a wire is laid. They perfectly hold their shape and do not slip.
If the ribbon is well tied into a sufficiently strong knot, then you can easily make bows for the Christmas tree with your own hands from it. It is worth noting that it is very difficult to create jewelry from some types of material without the use of threads, needles and wire.
If you wish, you can experiment a little and try to combine several types of fabric in one bow. In addition, you can use tapes of various widths. This will allow you to create more original and beautiful bows for the Christmas tree with your own hands.
The easiest way
This is the easiest way to create jewelry without using additional tools. The main thing to remember is that it takes a lot of ribbon to make one bow. After all, it does not stick, but is tied. It is on the knots that more material is spent, and not on the loops.
First you need to cut a piece of tape to the required length. It is worth making sure that this amount of material is exactly enough. Better, of course, to make a small margin. This will make it easier to tie the bow. You also need to leave beautiful ponytails.
Lay the tape on a table. Both ends of the fabric should be pulled to the center, and then put on top of each other. The result should be beautiful loops and two tails. If necessary, the details of the bow can be corrected. To make beautiful Christmas tree bows from ribbon, you need the loops to be the same size. Now you can start tying. Cross the loops of the future bow, laying on the right left. It pays to be careful and careful. Around the right loop, you need to draw the left one and skip it into the loop that forms in the center. Now you can tighten it tight.
At the end, be sure to correct all the loops and tails in order to exclude symmetry breaking. That's all, the bow is ready!
Decoration with metal wire
You can also make Christmas tree bows from ribbon using various tools. Products, for example, with wire are ideal not only for decorating a New Year's beauty, but also for decorating a room, bouquets of flowers, wreaths and, of course, gifts.
To make such a bow, you need to cut a piece of ribbon as described in the previous method. After that, the material must be laid out on a smooth and even surface. To the center of the future bow, you should pull the ends of the ribbon, while laying them on top of each other. The fabric should be held in the center, otherwise the symmetry will be broken. Exactly in the middle you need to wrap the bow with wire. You can hide this detail with the same tape. It is enough just to wrap the middle. To do this, you can use the material of the same shade or play in contrast. This is optional. Fix the tape with glue or just sew it on.
If necessary, loops and ponytails can be adjusted. This will give the decoration a neat look. That's all. In this way, you can create multi-colored New Year's bows for the Christmas tree.
How to make a double bow
This product can be used for decorating rooms, decorating a forest beauty and gifts. Making double bows for a Christmas tree from ribbon is very simple. First of all, you should cut off a piece of material. It is worth remembering that such products require more tape. After that, fold the first pair of loops, as described in the previous method. In this case, the tape should be held. Now you can fold the second pair. If you are a beginner, you can ask someone for help.
This way you can make a very lush bow. It all depends on the number of loops. For starters, it's better to try creating a simple and a double.
When the loops are folded, cut off any excess tape. The center of the decoration should be tied with wire or sewn with a thread and a needle of the appropriate color. This will secure the loops. If a wire is used for the connection, then it is enough just to wrap it around the center. Then it can be covered with tape. The thread must first be wound around the center, and then stitched through all the layers of the fabric. At the end, be sure to tie a knot.
A piece of tape can be used to hide the attachment points. It should be fixed with glue. The result is an original bow on the Christmas tree. The master class is over. The finished decoration can be hung on a forest beauty.
These bows look like one large and beautiful flower. They can also be used to decorate New Year's beauties, gifts and wreaths. The Christmas tree with bows looks amazing. The photo will convince you of this. Take the tape and cut off a piece. Measure exactly 115 centimeters. The first loop needs to be made from only 20 centimeters. Pinch this part of the bow between your fingers. After that, you need to make another same loop on the left side of the finished one.