Tutorial for making quick, easy and inexpensive beautiful bows for your Christmas tree

How to Make a Bow for a Christmas Tree

There never seems to be a shortage of things to purchase, collect, and put on our Christmas trees these days. So hey, why not one more? Here’s a quick and inexpensive way to add a bit of color continuity, shimmery beauty, and fill in some empty voids on your tree while you’re at it.

Easy DIY fabric, ribbon bows for your Christmas tree

All you need is a roll (or two or three!) of beautiful wire-edged ribbon, a pair of scissors, and craft floral wire. I found my ribbon at Joann Fabrics (and used a coupon of course). 😉 You can also find ribbon at most arts and craft supply stores, fabric stores or online.


Ribbon (mine is 4 inches wide)
Craft Floral Wire

After you have your materials, the first step is to determine the length of ribbon you need by unrolling the ribbon and mocking one up to get an idea. Play around with the ribbon to see how large you want your bow height and how long you’d like the tails. You can make it as small or large as you like, remember this Christmas tree is your very own work of art.

Next, you’re going cut a short length of floral wire to bind the bottom of the bow. I cut mine 7 inches long and it was plenty. Have your wire at the ready for your next step.

When you are ready, fold your ribbon into a W of sorts, but form three points in the middle instead of one. See drawing below.

I included the measurements I used for this Christmas tree bow.

Now, gently fold up and scrunch together all of the four lower points. Wrap and hold them neatly in one bundle. Wrap the floral wire tightly around the “trunk” of the bow.

Pull both of the tails on each end out and shape them. Next, arch and form the three ribbon petals of your bow.

To finish off the tails of the bow, we are going to cut a chevron shape “V” into each end. To make both symmetrical, cut one at a time. With right sides together, fold the tail end in half and clip diagonally out to the corners. Unfold and adjust the wire ribbon to your liking.

You are finished with your first bow! It gets easier and faster the more you make. I promise!

Below is a condensed step-by-step of how to make a bow for a Christmas tree, to pin and save.

When you are ready to display the bows on your Christmas tree, no are hooks needed. Just place them within the branches, curling and tucking as you go, so they look natural within the branches. I hope you like them!

easy step-by-step instructions to make ribbon bows for your Christmas tree or other home decor

Let me know if you make them yourself! Upload a picture in the comments to share. I’d love to see what you are making.

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