Making an Easy Bow

Easy wreath bow

Many wreaths come with limp, lazy bows that require replacing–think Boy Scout wreaths–(I love Boy Scouts and their wreaths, but the bows….ugh!)

Here’s how I make bows that have a little spunk in them…

Easy wreath bow

SUPPLIES:For large outdoor wreaths, I use wired edge ribbon that is 1-1/2 inches -2 inches wide.  ( A 25-foot roll usually yields 2 bows.)  The wired edge puts the spunk in the bow-keeps it from losing it’s shape as it faces the winter weather.  I also prefer wire to tie the center.  Many florist wires come with a built in cutter–no need to find wire cutters (or ruin your mother’s sewing scissors–ahem…).  Scissors-for cutting the ribbon (not the wire–see above.)

Easy wreath bow

TO MAKE THE BOW: Hold the center of the ribbon and accordion loops of ribbon to the right and to the left.  Usually 5-7 loops in each direction will do the trick.  Leave a small tail and tie with a 20 inch piece of wire.  (The long wire tails will be used to attach to the wreath.)  Add a tail to the bow if you like.  More directions here.

Easy wreath bow

Easy wreath bow

Attach the bow to the wreath with the long wire tails…

Easy wreath bow

Hang your wreath…and step back to enjoy…

Easy wreath bow

I like how a wreath always says “Welcome!”.

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