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How to Make A Burlap Bow (The Ultimate Bow Hack!)

Burlap Bow Tutorial – The easy way to make burlap bows for wreaths and home décor. #burlapbowtutorial #diybow #burlapbow #renovatedfaith.com
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DIY Burlap Bow Tutorial & Video

Want to know how to make a burlap bow for a wreath or any home decor? Here’s the easiest burlap bow DIY tutorial.


One fateful Christmas, my mom had an elaborate bow made for the top of her Christmas tree.  It was huge, gorgeous, and oh-so-expensive! 

As she fluffed the branches in preparation to put her elaborate topper on the tree, my dad came into the living room, plopped on the couch, and said, “what am I sitting on?” 

That Christmas will forever be known as “the year Daddy sat on the Christmas tree bow.”  No amount of fluffing and straightening could make that wired ribbon look the same as it once did.  

images showing steps to make a burlap bow for a wreath

Fortunately, you don’t have to waste your money on professionally-made bows and you won’t believe how easy it is.  These easy step-by-step instructions will show you how to make the perfect bow in very little time.  I also show you my favorite ribbon to use for bow-making!

Whether you are new to crafting, or you’re a professional wreath maker, this burlap bow tutorial includes an easy little trick to have in your craft arsenal for any bows you need to make – burlap or otherwise!

LET ME SHOW YOU:

  • How to save money by making bows instead of buying them
  • A simple way to customize the shape and size of the bow to your project
  • The easy way to make a bow for any home decor or project
  • Some encouragement when you are feeling overwhelmed in this week’s Renovate Your Faith devotional at the bottom of this post
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The Best Deal on Ribbon for Burlap Bows

☑️ If you are curious or in a hurry, here is a quick link to the burlap ribbon I recommend: 3″ Burlap Wire Ribbon This tutorial also shows you how to make a burlap bow without wire ribbon: 3″ Burlap Ribbon Without Wire

When my daughter Morgan was about 6 months old, I decided that I needed a way to work from home.  For some reason, my answer to that dilemma was a hair bow business. 

This seemed like a really good idea at the time and it lasted about a year.   But after too many hot glue burns and 2 a.m. Dr. Pepper breaks, I decided it would be best to take an early retirement from the bow-making business.  

Fortunately, I got to work with a really great shop in town called And Sew On.  Here are a few of the Aggie bows I got to make:

Burlap Bow Tutorial

The nice thing about my hair bow venture was that my daughter has an unlimited, almost disposable, hair bow collection.  But more importantly, I learned how to make a bow for any and every type of home decor including wreaths, mantels, mason jars, and even teacher gifts.  

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I’ve used this same technique to make a lot of burlap bows for various craft and home decor projects. As I show in the video, I love that it works well with any type of ribbon including burlap, wired burlap, satin, and grosgrain.  So the next time you need a bow, this easy tutorial has got you covered!

Supplies for Making a Burlap Bow:

Mini Hot Glue Gun  – THIS one is my absolute favorite and I’ve been through a lot of glue guns!
Scissors –  I love these scissors so much that I bought two pairs of them.  I use them for everything!
A Roll of Burlap Ribbon – 3″ wired ribbon my favorite for big bows!   This tutorial also works if you want to use burlap ribbon without wire – 3″ Burlap Ribbon Without Wire
easy christmas tree topper in red and white ribbon
My Most Popular Christmas Post: The Easiest Way To Add Ribbon To a Christmas Tree

How to Make a Bow for a Wreath: Step-by-Step Tutorial

Here is a full step-by-step video showing  from start to finish:


 

STEP 1: How to Make a Bow with Wired Burlap Ribbon

The bow I’m making below is for an 18-inch grapevine wreath.  For this same size bow, cut your 3″ wired burlap ribbon (I like this kind) to a length of around 52″. 

If you want a fluffier, loopier bow add a couple of inches, but if you want a flatter bow, subtract a couple of inches.  I would consider the bow with the boxwood wreath above to be a fluffier bow and the bow with the cotton wreath below to be a little flatter.

Lay out your ribbon and figure out the center point by dividing the overall length by 2.  Make a light pencil mark there to give you an idea of where the center is when making your burlap bow.

How to Make Burlap Bows for Wreaths

If you want to make a big burlap bow for wreaths or home decor, follow the directions above using the 3″ wired burlap ribbon.  If you want an even bigger bow, you can do one of two things:  You can increase the length of your ribbon by 6-12″.   

If that’s still not big enough, you can also get thicker ribbon you can find here or you can find multiple sizes at craft stores:

Burlap Ribbon, 3 Inch | Burlap Ribbon, 4 Inch | Burlap Ribbon, 6 Inch

How to Make Small Burlap Bows

This tutorial shows you how to customize a burlap bow to any project, whether it’s a wreath, a mantel, a mason jar or you need to make small bows for teacher gifts. 

For smaller burlap bows, use a smaller thickness of ribbon, like 1 – 2″ wired ribbon.  Also, decrease the length of your ribbon significantly.  You want to look at the picture of the figure 8 below and make your figure 8 for the little burlap bows proportional to the big one – in other words just a smaller version.  Every other aspect of the tutorial is exactly the same!  🙂  Here are some sources for thinner ribbon for small and mini burlap bows: 

Burlap Ribbon, 1/2 Inch | Burlap Ribbon 7/8 Inch | Burlap Ribbon 2 Inch

Renovated Faith: What’s in a Name?

God never leaves a project half-done…He continually works on each one of us, as a lavish expression of His amazing love and grace.  So many of my DIY projects remind me of how God renovates our hearts.  If you are a work-in-progress, just like I am, check out the Renovate Your Faith Devotional at the bottom of this post.  Click here to get a weekly reminder of new posts by email.

STEP 2: Make a Figure 8 to Start Your Burlap Ribbon Bow

Make a figure 8 just like below by pulling each end of the piece of ribbon around and to the center. 
 
One end of the ribbon goes to the left and goes to the center and the other end will go to the right and back to the center of the ribbon.  Apply a couple of small dots of hot glue to hold the figure 8 in place.
 
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The shape of the figure 8 helps to determine the bow shape.  If you want a fluffier, loopier bow like the Christmas wreath picture above, make your figure 8 look longer like this.  To make a bow that is not as fluffy and lays flatter, spread out the figure 8 so it looks wider.  
 
 
 

STEP 3:  How To Make a Bow Out of Wide Burlap Ribbon

Take a second to cut 12 inches of craft wire and have it ready. 
 
Now bring each top and bottom of the figure 8 in so it is flat against the center of the 8.  It should look like this for one end.
 
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Bring the other side to the center in the same way and keep your hand on the center of the bow.  This picture is the backside of the bow:
 
Burlap Bow Tutorial
 
 

STEP 4:  Making the Loops for your DIY Burlap Bow

Hold the burlap bow in place in the center and flip it over.  This will be the front side of your bow.
 
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STEP 5: Fold the Center of your DIY Burlap Bow

While holding the bow tightly with one hand, fold the center so that you make three “wrinkles” in it.  It’s fine if they aren’t exactly equal. 
 
If you have a smaller bow, just try to get two wrinkles in the center.  
 
Here is the pic of the first center wrinkle:
 
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Here is a pic of all three center wrinkles for a big bow:
 
Burlap Bow Tutorial
 
 
 

STEP 6:  How to Tie a Burlap Bow with Wire

Then wrap your wire tightly around the center of the bow to keep the “wrinkles” in place.  Twist the ends together on the backside of the bow.
 
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STEP 7: Add the Center to Your Burlap Ribbon Bow

You can see the bow starting to take shape.  Take a 6-inch piece of your ribbon and roll it up length-wise so it is about an inch wide.  Flatten it out and secure it with hot glue.  Wrap this piece tightly around the center and hot glue the backs on each side.   Cut off any excess ribbon.
 
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STEP 8: The Secret to Making a Burlap Bow

Here’s where I cheat a little to make this process so much easier!   Cut two 10-inch pieces of burlap ribbon for the tails like this.  Figure out where they would look best on the back of your bow before hot gluing them to the back.  
 
Once you figure out the best location, just glue them on the back of the bow!
 
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STEP 9:  How to Make Burlap Bows with Tails

Last, cut a long piece of wire.  Place a big dab of hot glue on the back center of your bow and stick the center of the wire through the glue.  Let it cool completely.  
 
Now, use the wire, to attach the bottom of the bow to your wreath.  You can also use a piece of twine or a zip tie. I like to attach the bow to the top center or right side of wreaths but do what looks best for your project.
 
Now you have a perfect burlap ribbon bow to attach to any wreath or home decor.  You can even use this method for making gift bows!
 

RENOVATE YOUR FAITH:

Do you ever feel overwhelmed with all that’s on your to-do list?  Does it seem that as soon as you one item is knocked off, 5 other tasks rear their ugly head?

It’s like being on a hamster wheel of frustration – always moving but never making true progress.

My thoughts were filled with overwhelm as I walked into my office from the living room.  As I did, my eye caught a glimpse of a magazine on the coffee table entitled “DIY…something”. 

For some reason, it hit me.  The concept of “do it yourself” is one that is highly esteemed as a very American, ‘pull yourself up by the bootstraps’ way to live in today’s world of hustle. 

But as someone that loves to DIY home projects and writes a DIY blog, I became starkly aware of the contrast in this concept and God’s ideal for how we are to live.

When we become a Christian, not only are we forgiven of our sin, have an eternal home with Him and the Holy Spirit indwells us for all eternity, but you no longer have to “Do It Yourself.”

As a child of God, we are never alone and never have to manage anything on our own ever again.  He is forever by our side waiting to lead, guide, and direct us in the big decisions of life and even the most minute.

I get so preoccupied with “doing all the things” that I forget that He has freed me from the burden of the performance trap.  Because I have been washed over with the grace of Christ’s sacrifice on the Christ, I’m no longer “in it to win it.”  I no longer have to perform for myself or others because His death on the cross was the ultimate work done on my behalf – He has fulfilled the ultimate performance with a once-for-all sacrifice.

What does that mean for you and me?  We now have the freedom to know that we are not defined by our failures or even our accomplishments.  We are defined by His work on the cross, which has already been accomplished.  And we can work in our earthly jobs as a form of worship to Him knowing that He is with it to carry our burdens – not just lend a helping hand – but to bear the full weight of them.

We no longer have to shoulder the weight of the world’s burdens on our backs because we have the king of the universe carrying them for us.  Our only job is to hand our to-do lists to Him, knowing He will help us every step of the way.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am Gentle and Lowly in Heart and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:28-29

What burdens are you trying to carry on your own?  Look to your Savior who anxiously awaits to take them off your hands if you let Him.

To find out more about what it means for God to carry your burdens, click here: Why You Struggle to Rest & What To Do About It

 
 

For more spiritual encouragement, click here for the rest of my project posts that also include Renovate Your Faith devotionals.

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Now that you are done, I’d love to see how it turned out! ❤️  Post the picture of your bow here!

 
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The method of making hair bows is a little more difficult, which is why we cheat by adding by gluing on the tails in my Burlap Bow Tutorial.  I tell a little about my bow business venture in my post The Kind of Mom I Never Want To Be.
 

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How to Make a Burlap Bow for a Wreath

This tutorial is so versatile because you can use it for any kind of wreath or home decor. Below you can see how the same bow looks on my cotton wreath, hydrangea wreath and lemon wreath. I’ve also used this bow tutorial for lots of Christmas bows by hot-gluing it to a piece of red ribbon so it looks “tied-on”.

making a burlap bow
 
This cotton boll wreath was made with a grapevine wreath, cotton balls and paper!  See how to make you own here: DIY Cotton Wreath for Less Than $10

 

DIY Hydrangea Door Wreath {Why Spring Is The Season of Hope}

I made this hydrangea wreath for my front door and it has held up incredibly well!  Click the link above to make your own.

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You can use the wire attached to the bow to tie it on your wreath.  This type of wire burlap bow looks great on the top or bottom of any wreath.

making a burlap bow
 

To get this same look, Amazon sells a wreath almost identical to this one:  20″ Boxwood Wreath    Then, just attach your burlap bow and you are done!  I actually made this wreath from real boxwood branches, but you can read why I DON’T recommend that here:  How to Know When To DIY Home Decor or Buy It


How to Make a Burlap Bow for a Christmas Tree Topper

To make a bow for Christmas tree toppers and Christmas wreaths, use the same instructions above!  Instead of wired burlap ribbon, here I use wired Christmas ribbon that is 2.25″ wide.  Make the bow with the instructions in this post and attach it to the highest center branch of your tree.  You can see in this post (How to Add Ribbon to a Christmas Tree) how I make it look like the same ribbon in the bow is intertwined throughout the whole tree!
 

How to Make a Burlap Bow for a Christmas Wreath

To see the full tutorial on how to make this rustic glam wreath click here: Rustic Glam Christmas Wreath with Ornaments and Wooden Balls

Easy Burlap Bow Tutorial – FAQ’s:

How to Make a Burlap Bow Without Wire

If you don’t have wire on hand, you can use the same tutorial above but you can use the burlap strip itself to hold the bow together. Cut your center strip slightly longer so that you can tie it in a knot behind the cente\ of the bow. Once you have tied the knot, clip the excess ends so they don’t show from behind the bow.

How to Make a Burlap Bow Without Wire Ribbon

You don’t have to have wire ribbon to make a beautiful bow! One tip for making a bow without wire ribbon is to spray your finished bow with hair spray. When I made hair bows, I would dowse them with hair spray and let them dry overnight. The next morning they were dry and just as stiff as they were if they were made with wire ribbon. Some people also swear by mod podge as a stiffening agent but I haven’t tried it personally.

The Best Place to Put a Burlap Ribbon on a Wreath

You can put a burlap ribbon wherever you prefer.  The instructions from this tutorial still apply!  You can put the bow at the top, at the bottom or at 4 o’clock if you want to add some hydrangeas or an initial.  It’s totally up to you and there are several options! 

How to Make a Layered Burlap Bow

If you want to make a thicker, layered burlap bow, you can repeat steps 1-6 to make two separate bow “bodies”.   Before adding the center strip of ribbon, stack the two bow bodies and then hot glue them together.  Then continue with adding the center strip and continue the bow as usual.  This is a great way to make a really fluffy layered burlap bow easily! 

Easy Burlap Bows for Wedding Decor

If you are wondering how to make burlap bows for wedding decor you can easily use this tutorial!  Use the instructions in step 1 to customize the bow to whatever size you need for the pew or for making burlap bows for wedding chairs. 

You can hot glue the bow to a longer piece of ribbon that attaches to the pew or chair.  Be sure to twist or gather the ribbon with wire before hot gluing it to the bow before attaching it.  That will make it look like you made the bow from one long continuous piece of ribbon.  No one will know the difference!!!

The Best Type of Ribbon for a Burlap Bow

If you can get wired ribbon, that usually helps the bow to stay in place and also be fuller.  However, if you can’t find wired ribbon, you can see the tip below to use this tutorial with any other kind of ribbon material.  You can find lots of burlap wired ribbon here:  Wired Burlap Ribbon in All Colors

How to Make a Bow for a Wreath Stiff

If you can’t find wired ribbon, you can just as easily use ribbon without wire.  To make it extra stiff and full, just spray the finished bow with a thick layer of hair spray.  Let it dry and your bow will be stiffer than if you used burlap wired ribbon.

How to Make a Burlap Ribbon Bow for a Mason Jar

Use the instruction in step 1 to make a small burlap bow.  When you are done, hot glue a piece of ribbon around the jar.  Hot glue the end and cut off any excess.  Then, just hot glue the bow to the ribbon on the jar to make it look like one continuous piece.  To see how to spray paint and personalize mason jars, check out this post: The Easy Way to Paint Mason Jars.

How to Make a Burlap Bow without Glue

If you don’t want to use hot glue so your project is more kid-friendly, you can absolutely fasten the bow with a little floral wire or some chenille stems (pipe cleaners). For the center strip, make it long enough so you can tie it in the back without having to use glue for the ends of the ribbon.

How to Make A Burlap Bow With Two Colors

There are so many different colors of burlap fabric and ribbon that you can mix and match to make a bow with two different colors. You can make the body of the bow one color and make the center strip and tail of the bow another color. Or if like the look of double bows, make two body sections of the bows, making one slightly larger than the other. Stack the smaller bow on top of the larger bow and wrap the center with a piece of burlap ribbon. Simply add the long ribbon pieces for the tails and you are finished! You can even mix different types of ribbon in one bow.

How to Make a Burlap Bow For A Door Hanger

You aren’t just limited to making bows for wreaths with this tutorial but you can also use this same technique for door hangers, Christmas tree toppers and gift wrappings. Just use the tutorial above and attach it with wire or a zip tie. You can even add a bow to these vibrant sunflowers or other burlap flowers and floral bows.

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Making Burlap Bows for Wreaths & Home Decor – Final Thoughts

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Whether you are making a wreath bow or adding a little something to a home decor project, burlap bows are such a fun way to add modern farmhouse style to your home.  Knowing how to make them yourself will save you so much money and give you a lot more options.  These easy tips and simple bow tutorial will help you make the perfect bow every single time!

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  2. Oh! so this is how beautiful bows are made for wreaths… I have seen many beautiful wreaths in weddings and birthday parties and it draws my attention instantly. I will definitely gonna try to make bow myself this weekend.

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