Thursday, December 6, 2012

Christmas Tree Bow Topper Tutorial

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at my house! While I love the smell of a real tree, we have a nice, pre-lit artificial tree. You can't forget to water it and don't end up with pine needles all over the floor. And you can always get a yummy Christmas tree scented candle to make up for it, right?

Anyway, as I got out our tree decorations this year, I thought our tree topper bow looked a little sad. I made it a few years ago and it just wasn't cutting it anymore, no matter how much fluffing I did. So I started looking for a good tutorial online. I found a few helpful tutorials (this one and this one) but wanted to share the tips and insights I gathered as I made a new tree topper. Read on for my Christmas tree bow topper tutorial.

Items needed:
  • Wire-edged ribbon of your choice
  • Two pipe cleaners/chenille stems matching your ribbon
  • Scissors
The ribbon I picked came in 30 feet rolls. It was way more than I needed. I think 20 feet would be plenty if I could guess. 
Christmas ribbon from Hobby Lobby 
Start by pulling a good bit of ribbon off the spool. This will make the bow making easier. Allow enough ribbon for the end (or tail) that will hang down the tree, and make your first loop. Keep in mind the bigger you want the bow, the bigger your loops should be.
Christmas Tree Bow Topper Tutorial
The next step is key if you have ribbon printed on one side only and you want the print to show. Twist the ribbon over once (180 degrees, not 360), like this:
Christmas Tree Bow Topper Tutorial
Make a loop (which will now be print side out) the same size as your first loop. Follow it with your 180 degree twist like this:
Christmas Tree Bow Topper Tutorial
Make a lot more loops, remembering to twist 180 degrees after each loop or your ribbon print won't show on each loop. Also remember to keep the loops the same size so your bow will be even. Think about how big and full you want your bow to be. I made 10 loops (5 per side) for my tree topper bow.
 
Once the last loop is made, leave enough ribbon for the end or "tail" to hang down on the tree. I'd recommend going longer than you think you need and you can trim it later. Twist a pipe cleaner or chenille stem around the center of the bow where you have been holding it. Tuck the ends under the rest of the pipe cleaner or chenille stem to secure it.
Christmas Tree Bow Topper Tutorial
And fluff.
Christmas Tree Bow Topper Tutorial
Then hang it on the tree. The best way I found to do this is create a loop for the top of your tree with another pipe cleaner and attach it to the one you used on your bow. Now, stand back and admire your work!
Christmas Tree Bow Topper Tutorial
 
 
Christmas Tree Bow Topper Tutorial
 


 
 



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