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The Easy Way I Make A Bow With Ribbon

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A picture of a large decorated Christmas tree in a family living room by a fireplace
Our Christmas Tree 2019 decorated in bows

The easy way I make a bow with ribbon these days involves an ‘extra hand’ you might say. When I first learned to make bows in a flower arranging class back in the early 1980’s, we did it the hard way. Many of you know what I am talking about. Pinching bunches of ribbon in one hand while you keep looping it around with the other. If you wanted a really big bow, you got a really big cramp in your hand!

Fast forward a few years when I discovered this fun bow making tool called The Bowdabra! I gifted one to myself and the rest is history as they say.

A gift box wrapped in pink paper with pink ribbons and bows on top
Baby girl gift in pink gift wrap with a frilly pink bow


It’s a third hand for making bows you might say. Invented right here in the USA and sold online and in stores. Mine came from Joann’s using a coupon. You can order them online which might be best during this time of sheltering in place.

A photo of the Bowdabra bow making tool in use
Notice all that glitter surrounding my Bowdabra? I made a LOT of Christmas Tree bows! Clean up glitter quickly using a lint roller!

See my 2018 and 2019 Living room Christmas Tree’s for Christmas Bow making ideas.

This Christmas tree is decorated with ribbon, not bows but I made a Bow Topper for it using my Bowdabra and three different ribbons.

Little Red Wagon Christmas Decor carrying Farm Fresh Chrstismas Trees with a pretty buffalo check bow on the front.

I get most of my ideas from the Christmas store we enjoy visiting while on vacation. We fell in love with the little red wagon parked by the fireplace delivering Christmas trees. I found the plaid ribbon here.


If there has ever been a product I truly love and would recommend, it is the Bowdabra. That is why I joined the Bowdabra Design Team! I get to share crafty ideas for using the bows we make on the Bowdabra Blog! Check it out y’all.

You can get your own Bowdabra currently on Amazon for under $20! Under the video below I have added a Walmart link which is currently about $13 MORE for the exact same kit. That fact is subject to change at any time. (affiliate links)

A red white and blue centerpiece which is a terracotta clay pot with white stars on the bottom, ribbons spilling out and a Mason jar candle in the center. Pictured outside on a wood table with a brick wall in the background

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Yes! I used my Bowdabra to make this Farmhouse style Patriotic centerpiece. It is made up of a whole lot of scrappy bows which I am currently crushing on. See how I made this cute centerpiece in the complete tutorial including video is right here.

Scrappy Bow Making

I first saw the scrappy bows at one of the Christmas stores we visited on vacation. I was smitten because I thought they were unique and different. My 2019 plaid theme Christmas tree has lots of scrappy bows which I had tons of fun making, pairing up the ribbons. Playing with ribbon never grows old.

See this video on my Facebook page when I demonstrated bow making with the Bowdabra including making scrappy bows.

Yield: 1 Bow

How To Make An Easy Bow With Ribbon

A gift wrapped in red and black plaid paper with a red bow on top and gold ribbon draped down the sides

Use the Bowdabra to create beautiful bows for gifts, baskets, home décor, weddings, Christmas Trees, wreath decorations, hair accessories, and more.


  • Ribbon (preferably wired)
  • Bowdabra wire
  • Pretty baubles to dress up your bow


  • Bowdabra Bow Maker
  • Scissors
  • Tape or Glue


Video instructions below

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One Comment

  1. What a fun post on making bows using the Bowdabra, Shirley! All of your bows look amazing! Isn’t the Bowdabra a fun tool! And welcome to the Bowdabra Design Team! We love having you join us! I know you will be sharing a lot of wonderful ideas for making beautiful bows!

We enjoying hearing from you!