How to make easy, large DIY Christmas bows

December 08, 2017

How to make EASY large Christmas bows for your holiday decor!

So I searched for "easy Christmas DIY bows" the other day and tried at least three versions (that seemed incredibly easy). 

Each time I ended up with a mess of ribbon that looked NOTHING like what they showed. 

I may or may not have cursed a few times. 😂

I finally found a bow that ended up looking pretty cute. 

It was much easier than any of the others I found as well. I guess this is a common bow method but I've just never taken the time to make my own. 

You only need two things for this quick tutorial -- a (TON) of wired ribbon (I think I had 30 yards) and wire of some kind. You can use wire, floral wire, pipe cleaners...anything like that will work. 

First up, cut one long piece of ribbon at around five feet (I ended up making them a bit longer, around 65 inches) and a shorter piece at two feet. 

Then place the long one on a surface like so:
How to make easy Christmas bows

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Make sure you have wired ribbon so that this keeps it's shape as you go. 

I had to study it as I did this because I kept doing it backwards. You just lay it flat and then pull one side over, then the other. 

You may want to widen that part at the top as you go, that will be the back part of the bow.

Then, take the smaller section of ribbon and overlap the ends a bit like so: 
How to make an easy bow with two items

Grab that piece and flip it over so the solid side is in the front. Lay it on top of the longer piece: 
Easy DIY bow method

I didn't show it well here, but you want that piece to be a little less wide than the one already on the ground. 

Then you just kind of scrunch all of it up into one part -- grab the two from the bottom in the middle all the way up to the top piece. 

Don't worry about making it perfect: 
How to make DIY traditional Christmas bows

Take some wire and wrap it around to secure the parts together. 

You can adjust the bow as you do this if needed:
How to make simple Christmas bows

Your bow is just about complete! Time to hide the wire. 

You can hot glue something on -- you could decorate these however you want! 

I had leftover ribbon from decorating the tree so I just cut small pieces of ribbon and wrapped them around the wire in the middle. 

Then I used a piece of floral wire I already had on there to secure that part on the back too: 
How to make easy Christmas bows

Hot glue would work too! But this method keeps the number of necessary "tools" down. ;) 

When you're done you can dress up the ends of the ribbon by folding them in half and then cutting with a pair of scissors like so:
How to make DIY Christmas bows

This gives the tails of the bow that upside down "V" shape at the ends. 

Fluff as needed and then you can use the leftover wire in the back to hang your bows. 

I hung mine with our stair garland: 
Greenery and DIY bows on stair railing
Check out our Christmas stairs here!

You can add these DIY bows so many places!
  • Make a giant bow tree topper for the Christmas tree
  • Add them to your holiday wreaths
  • Make smaller versions of these simple bows for your Christmas gifts
  • Use for outdoor decorating on the mailbox or fence posts
I think they are such a pretty, traditional touch. 

Of course you can dress them all kinds of ways -- using two different ribbons for the bows would be fun! Or cover the wire with something fun in the middle. 

Easy and simple -- you just need to make sure you have plenty of ribbon!

Have you made these bows or do you have a different way of doing it? 

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  1. Such a simple touch, but really adds to the Christmas spirit! Thank you for sharing! :)

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  2. Thank you for posting this! It was perfect timing for me as I was just saying to my hubby how I wish our outdoor light swags had bows at the top. I went to Targer and for just $5 bought some beautiful ribbons and followed your technique. They are gorgeous and really add to to the swags! Wish I could post a pic. So much better than the ready made bows at Target.

  3. The step by step tutorial is wonderful, however, i would definitely like to see a closeup of the finished product. Thanks! BTW, your banister looks FABULOUS :-)


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