DIY Christmas Bow Wreath

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1 Hour

Bows aren’t just for presents this holiday season. Let them be the star of the show in this fun and festive DIY Christmas wreath featuring classic yet beautiful red Christmas bows. See how I was inspired by a $150 wreath to make a $20 wreath.

If you have been following along for a while, you know I am a sucker for a great wreath, especially this time of the year! Last year I made a Rainbow Bauble Christmas Wreath (found on my blog), and the year before that I made a Dried Clementine Christmas Wreath (found on my blog). I love DIYing my own wreaths, because wreaths can be very expensive. So, why not save money and have fun along the way by creating your own? Case in point with today’s blog post. I was inspired by a gorgeous gold bow wreath from Grandiron Road from several seasons ago. Unfortunately, it isn’t available anymore. When it was available it was out of my price range at about $150. I am happy to report that I spent $20 on my red bow wreath. I love the fun, festive statement it makes for the holidays.

I hope you enjoy saving some money and having fun as you make today’s red bow wreath for the Christmas season by following the steps below.

To make your own Christmas bow wreath, you will need:

Step 1: Tightly wrap the ribbon around the wreath securing the ribbon with hot glue. Overlap the ribbon so that the whole wreath is covered, and hot glue the ribbon to the wreath every fourth wraparound.

The ribbon allows for a nice backdrop for the wreath, and it provides a steady base for the hot glue and bows to secure to.

Step 2: Once the ribbon is attached to the entire wreath, start to hot glue the bows onto the wreath. One at a time apply a generous amount of hot glue to the back of the bow, and attach it to the front of the wreath.

Then attach a bow to the inner portion and the bottom portion of the wreath.

Continue to add a bow to the front, inner, and bottom part of the wreath with hot glue. Ensure you place the bows right up against one another (almost as if they are squished together) to create a nice, compact, full look.

*It is helpful to hold the bows down as the hot glue dries so that they stay in the proper place.

*Since the inner portion of the wreath is shorter than the front and bottom, you can skip a bow once in a while. You can also add a bow once in a while to the bottom portion so that the wreath stays full.

Step 3: Attach a hanger to the back of the wreath. Make a small loop with the leftover ribbon and hot glue it to the back of the wreath.

Step 4: Hang your wreath, and enjoy it this holiday season!

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  • Nada Nada on Nov 22, 2019
    Would straight pins or thumbtacks work instead of the hot glue gun? Hot glue melts, literally, on my front door, as it gets direct sun from around 10:30am until........ The glass must magnify the sit's heat somehow, even in our winters (The South). In the summer, I understand it, and use high heat tolerant glue, such as that for appliance repairs. But, it does better with a texture, rather than a satin ribbon.
    Love the red idea. Then, add curly ribbons and faux fireworks for the 4th of July, etc.

  • Susan Susan on Nov 22, 2019

    very cute but where did you find just the red bows

  • Tricia Tricia on Nov 24, 2019

    R u using the little velour bows or Christmas ribbons?

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  • Jay Jay on Dec 19, 2019

    I tried this because I was so moved the way you did your wreath I did this.

  • Leslie Leslie on Dec 13, 2021

    Hi Elizabeth, lovely wreath. Thank you for sharing your process. I was also thinking red pom poms might be cute. White or a combo of white and gold might look nice as well :)