How to Make a Christmas Tree Topper Bow

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If you are tired of putting up the same old tree topper you've been using for years, adorn your Christmas tree with an elegant six-loop bow tree topper instead. Ribbons are available in a wide variety of colors and styles, making it easy to customize your tree topper to your home's unique style. Choose a bright ribbon to add a punch of color or a glittery ribbon to make your tree sparkle this season.

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Things You'll Need

  • Wire-edged ribbon

  • Measuring tape

  • Wreath wire

  • Wire cutters

  • Scissors

How to make a Christmas tree topper bow

1. Create a center loop for the big bow

Measure the length you would like the tail of your ribbon to be and twist the ribbon at this measurement so that the wrong side is facing up. Bring the opposite end of the ribbon over to the twist in the ribbon, and pinch the ribbon together with your fingers, creating the center loop for the bow tree topper. Twist the ribbon again so the wrong side is facing up.

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Tip

  • Do not cut your ribbon until it is completed. Leave the ribbon attached to the spool until you are finished.
  • The center loop will be the smallest loop and should be between 4 or 5 inches in length but can be made larger or smaller, depending on the preferred size of your bow.

2. Create the first large loop

Create a larger loop to the right of the center loop and bring the ribbon under the center loop. The loop should be roughly twice the size of the center loop. Pinch the ribbon together with your fingers and then twist the ribbon so that the wrong side of the ribbon is facing up and hanging to the left of the center loop.

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3. Create six loops

Create another large loop on the left side of the center loop by bringing the ribbon up, forming a loop and then bringing it under the center loop again. Twist the ribbon under the center loop so that the wrong side is facing up and you are ready to create another loop on the right side. Continue creating loops on each side and twisting the ribbon under the center loop until you have three loops on each side.

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Tip

Make each loop approximately the same size, but it does not need to be exact.

4. Tie the ribbon to create a big bow

Using 3 or 4 inches of wreath wire, secure the bow in place by sliding the wire through the center loop and bringing it underneath and around all of the loops of ribbon. Twist the wire tightly together and trim off any extra with wire cutters. Once the ribbon is secured in place, trim the second tail of the bow topper with scissors.

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5. Fluff the loops of the wired ribbon

Complete the Christmas tree ribbon topper by using your fingers to fluff out the loops, until the bow has reached your desired shape.

Tip

The edging of the wired ribbon will help maintain the shape of your bow.

6. Attach the Christmas tree topper bow to your tree

Use a small piece of wreath ribbon to attach the bow to the top of your tree. Adjust the bow and the tails and streamers as needed and arrange Christmas ornaments so that they aren't hidden behind the ribbon.

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Making your own Christmas tree decor is a fun activity for the holiday season and is a wonderful way to bring a personal touch to the holiday. This easy DIY bow-making tutorial will leave you with a beautiful bow for your tree. If you have extra pieces of ribbon, you can even make a second ribbon bow to add to a centerpiece or a wreath bow to add to a Christmas wreath to hang on your front door.

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