Burlap Bow Tutorial: How to Make a Bow for a Wreath
Want to know the easy way to make a burlap bow for a wreath or home decor? Discover the secret to making a burlap bow in this simple step by step tutorial!
I’m way too cheap to spend $12 on a burlap bow in a retail store or online. Also, pre-made bows often times aren’t the right size or can be hard to attach.
However this tutorial shows you how to customize a burlap bow to any project, whether it’s a wreath, a mantel, a mason jar or a teacher gift.
I have a little secret to making a professional looking bow and it’s so stinkin’ easy! Whether you are new to crafting, or you’re a wreath maker, burlap bow tutorial includes an easy little trick to have in your craft arsenal for any bows you need to make – burlap or otherwise!
This is a great tutorial for you if you:
- want to save money by making bows instead of buying them
- need to add a big burlap bow to your front door wreath
- decided to decorate for your wedding with burlap bows on pews and chairs
- like to look of burlap bows on home decor
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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. 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.
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 teacher gifts.
Here are some other fun ideas for how to to decorate with burlap bows:
I’ve used this same technique to make a lot of burlap bows for various craft and home decor projects but I’ve used the same steps to make bows of any type ribbon including small grosgrain bows, a large wired bow for our tree topper, and even bows for my daughters here. For hair bows, I just don’t add the tails!
The Secret to Making a Burlap Bow: Supplies
How to Make a Bow for a Wreath: Step-by-Step Tutorial
Step 1: How to Make a Bow with Burlap Ribbon
The bow I’m making below is for an 18 inch grapevine wreath. For this same size, cut your 3″ wired burlap ribbon to a length of around 52″.
If you wanted it fluffier, loopier, add a few inches and if you want it flatter bow, subtract a few inches. I would consider the bow with the boxwood wreath above to be a fluffier bow and the bow with the cotton wreath to be a little flatter
Lay out your ribbon and figure out the center point. Make a light pencil mark there to give you an idea of where the center is when making your burlap bow.
How to Make a Large Burlap Bow
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 get thicker ribbon you can find here:
How to Make a Small Burlap Bows
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. Every other aspect of the tutorial is exactly the same! 🙂 Here are some sources for thinner ribbon:
Step 2: Make a Figure 8 to Start Your Burlap Ribbon Bow
Step 3: How to Make a Bow for a Wreath with Wire
Step 4: Making the Loops for your DIY Burlap Bow
Step 5: Fold the Center of your Burlap Bow
Step 6: Adding Wire to the Center of Your Burlap Bow
Step 7: Add the Center Ribbon to Your Wreath Bow
Step 8: The Secret to Making a Burlap Bow
Step 9: The Last Step to Making a Simple Burlap Bow
DON’T FORGET TO TAKE A PICTURE!
Now that you are done, I’d love to see how it turned out! ❤️ Post the picture of your bow here!
Burlap Bow Tutorial: Related Posts
How to Make a Bow for a Boxwood Wreath
How to Make a Bow for a Christmas Tree Topper
To make a bow for Christmas tree toppers and Christmas wreaths, use the same instructions above!
Burlap Bow Tutorial – FAQ’s:
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 fluffy layered burlap bow easily!
How to Make Burlap Bows for Pews
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. 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 Tie a Burlap Bow on 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.
Making a Bow for Wreaths and Home Decor – Final Thoughts
Burlap bows are such a fun way to add farmhouse style to any wreath or home decor project. Knowing how to make them yourself will save you so much money and give you a lot more options. These easy tips and burlap bow tutorial will help you make the perfect bow every single time!
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Table of Contents
- Burlap Bow Tutorial: How to Make a Bow for a Wreath
- The Secret to Making a Burlap Bow: Supplies
- How to Make a Bow for a Wreath: Step-by-Step Tutorial
- Step 2: Make a Figure 8 to Start Your Burlap Ribbon Bow
- Step 3: How to Make a Bow for a Wreath with Wire
- Step 4: Making the Loops for your DIY Burlap Bow
- Step 5: Fold the Center of your Burlap Bow
- Step 6: Adding Wire to the Center of Your Burlap Bow
- Step 7: Add the Center Ribbon to Your Wreath Bow
- Step 8: The Secret to Making a Burlap Bow
- Step 9: The Last Step to Making a Simple Burlap Bow
- Burlap Bow Tutorial: Related Posts
- How to Make a Bow for a Boxwood Wreath
- Burlap Bow Tutorial – FAQ’s:
- Making a Bow for Wreaths and Home Decor – Final Thoughts
- How to Make a Bow: Youtube Tutorial
- Burlap Bow Tutorial: How to Make an Easy Bow for a Wreath
How to Make a Bow: Youtube Tutorial
Burlap Bow Tutorial: How to Make an Easy Bow for a Wreath