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Super-Simple Bow for a Christmas Wreath

You don’t need to be a bow-tying expert to create a spectacular Christmas wreath. Instead, make loops one by one, combine them and add the holiday decorations of your choice.

Wreath with a plaid bow and multicolor ornaments.

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

A few hours

Estimated Cost


Tools & Materials


  • Hot-glue gun and glue sticks
  • Wire cutters or heavy-duty scissors


  • Ribbon of your choice
  • 1/8-in x 48-in round dowels
  • 24-gauge green floral wire, 100 feet, #81999
  • Rust-Oleum satin finish spray paint, Spruce Green

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Step 1

Cut 15 pieces of ribbon 15-inches long. From the dowel, cut 10 pieces 4 inches long. Paint the individual dowel pieces (Spruce Green shown).

Good to Know

If you don’t have a handsaw, use wire cutters to trim the dowel pieces to size. Cutters leave a slightly tapered tip that makes it easy to insert the ends into a wreath.

Step 2

Fold a strip of ribbon in half. Fasten the ends of the ribbon to the tip of a dowel piece by wrapping them with tight loops of floral wire. Trim off the excess wire and repeat for 13 of the remaining ribbon strips and dowels. For the remaining two 15-inch ribbons, wire one end of each to a dowel to form two tails.

Step 3

Decorate the wreath with ornaments as designed. Add the two tails so they trail down from where you’ll create the bow.

Step 4

Insert the dowels with loops into the wreath and position them until the loops form the shape of a bow. Then use hot glue to anchor the dowels to the wreath as arranged.