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DIY Simple Wreath Bow

Hi lovelies! Another craft today! DIY simple wreath bow… if you’re anything like me you are pretty much craft illiterate. So, I have to really try hard to get something that works for me. I have this simple solution for you to add a pretty bow to a wreath that doesn’t take very long and still looks put together!

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This bow is currently on my fall fabric wreath. I love it so so much and will definitely be using this technique in the future!

 

Supplies

Ribbon

Scissors

Hot glue gun

Pins

Directions

Start off my cutting two pieces of ribbon. One needs to be longer then the other. This is the base for the bow, so the longest piece you cut will be how big it will become. Test the longest piece first by folding the ribbon onto itself, if you like the size of this piece, then cut it. Do the same for the shorter piece.

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Now, taking the ends that are cut, fold it over so it touched the middle of the ribbon, print side down.

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Secure this with hot glue. Do this for both pieces on all sides. You will end up with two pieces that look like this:

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Flip the two pieces over so its seam side down. Glue the smaller piece onto the bigger piece. Gluing it so it is centered. Like this:

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Next, you are going to pinch the two sides together in the middle. This is to make it looks like a knot. You will glue this together as well like this:

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You may have to glue all of the layers together if it starts to separate. You need to hold this closed until the glue dries and it is permanently glued like this.

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Now you need to cut another small piece of the ribbon and glue it around the center with the seam in the back.

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Cut two more pieces of ribbon, this will be for the part that hangs. Measure it to how long you want these hangy pieces to be. Now, glue them on the back of the bow so it looks are natural as possible.

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This is optional, but on your wreath glue a strip of ribbon around where you want the bow to go.

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Now the final step, gluing the bow to the front of the wreath. If you glued the piece of ribbon around like the picture above, make sure the “knot” of the bow matches up with the piece that is already glued on the wreath, this way it will look like it is wrapped around then tied in one big piece of ribbon.

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That’s it! You may need to use a pin or two to secure it if the bow is too heavy and droops a little but you can’t tell that until you’re at this step. I used only one pin on the very top where the bow meets the piece of ribbon wrapped around the wreath. This makes the bow look more perky and real. Also, I hot glued a little bit to the outer loops of the wreath of it would stay and not droop down. This can be avoided if you use wired ribbon.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, thanks for reading!

 

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20 Wonderful Comments

  1. avatar
    September 20, 2013

    I am so glad to know I’m not the only one that can’t tie a bow. I have watched tutorial after tutorial and I just can’t seem to get it. I do a “fake” bow similar to yours as well, but I like yours better lol! Thanks for sharing!

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    September 20, 2013

    Oh ~ I so needed this a few weeks ago! I could not make my bow look decent. Next time I am making the bow using your tutorial!

    Thanks so much for the inspiration! Keep crafting!

    Ashley @ 3littlegreenwoods

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    September 21, 2013

    Perfect timing! I’m working on a wreath this weekend that is just feeling a little bit plain. Pinning this and I’m gonna add a bow later tonight! Thanks for sharing this at my link party!

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    Danice says:
    September 22, 2013

    What a nice tutorial. Photos are very helpful. The bow is really pretty. I just now found your blog via Sew-Licious Home Decor’s linky party. Now following your blog 🙂

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    Antonella says:
    September 22, 2013

    Ok, I admit it, I am bow challenged… I will definitely use this tutorial and am pinning this so I can find it when I am ready…
    I linked over from the Fun In Functional Link Party where I am participating too with Ghost Shaped Card and Free Cut file and would love it if you’d stop by.
    Hugs, Antonella 🙂

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    Ave says:
    September 22, 2013

    Thanks for sharing a great tutorial! Love the color combination you used!
    Visiting via Bewitch Me & Titi Link Party.

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    Camila says:
    September 22, 2013

    Super Easy tutorial! Awesome! Thansksfor sharing!

    XOXO
    Cami

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    September 24, 2013

    This looks pretty dummy proof! I can’t master bow making for some reason. Ugg. LOL But…I might be able to do this kind!

    Shelly from MinettesMaze

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    Meegan says:
    September 25, 2013

    Love this tip! Thanks for sharing this post on Tickled Pink Times Two! Make it a pink day 🙂

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    Angel says:
    September 26, 2013

    Thanks for sharing your lovely wreath with us at our Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop.
    Simple can make a huge statement and this gem of yours has done that. Beautiful.
    Angel

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    September 27, 2013

    This is absolutely adorable! I love the polka dots all over it. I’m kind of hooked on polka dots right now. Thanks so much for sharing this tutorial and linking it up to Thrifty Thursday.

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    September 27, 2013

    Thank you so much for sharing this post at last weeks Saturday Spotlight on Angels Homestead!

    Hope to see you again this week!

    April

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    Cynthia L says:
    September 29, 2013

    I have always had issues with bows! This is a cute one and easy to make. Thanks so much for linking this to the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. See you on Monday.

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