How to Make a Bow for a Tree Topper

Posted by on Nov 24, 2013 in Christmas, crafts | 11 comments

I might have mentioned this before…

…I have 3 girls.

They no longer wear hair bows the way they did when I dressed them.

They had the “bumblebee bows” to match the bumblebee dresses… and the “curly party bows” to match the bears carrying pinwheels dresses…you get the idea!  What sweet memories. 🙂

It was only natural for my friend, Sara, to text me this week to find out if I had anything on the blog about making a bow to go on the top of her tree.  She witnessed years of my girls and their hair bows!

I don’t have my tree up yet, but I did make this arrangement this weekend for my front porch and I tied a GIANT bow for the top.

So, Sara this is for you!

How to Make a Bow for a Tree Topper

Outdoor Christmas Decorations

Outdoor Christmas Decorations


Willow Basket {from a fantastic store in downtown Franklin, TN called Yarrow Acres}

Large Snowy Pinecones {from another amazing downtown Franklin store called Iron Gate}


Floral Wire

Wire Snips

Wired Ribbon

Outdoor Christmas Decorations

Add cedar to the bottom of the basket.

Outdoor Christmas Decorations

Add 3 giant pinecones on top of the cedar.

Outdoor Christmas Decorations

Using the floral wire, secure the top pieces.

How to Make a Bow for a Christmas Tree

Sara, here is the part you’ll be interested in.

– Twist the ribbon, leaving the end for the tail of the bow.

{My tail is about 12 inches long, so my first twist is 12 inches from the end of the ribbon.}

– Make a loop about 6 inches long and twist.

– Stack this twist on top of the first.

{In other words, don’t twist them together.}

– Continue looping and twisting until you have 6 loops.

{If you are making the bow for a large tree, you would want the loops to be about 10-12 inches and to have 10-12 loops.}

– Add the floral wire to the center and twist to secure.

– Add the bow to the top of your tree!

Outdoor Christmas Decorations

Or, in my case, my new front porch “tree.”

Hope that helps, Sara!

Life to the full!



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  1. I’m really loving that bow Melissa. Your ribbon is quite gorgeous, love the lines on it, are they silver or gold? Think Michaels has ribbon on sale this week so will be looking for some pretty red or gold like yours. I’m also loving that basket. For me coming up with cedar brances isn’t that easy. I’ll have to find a bush somewhere or tree I can kinda “borrow” some,do you think owner of tree/bush would miss them? At the house we lived before this one there was a wonderful tree I was able to cut several branches from. Love look of cedar with pine branches. Had plenty of both in our yard in KY also. Love how pine/cedar look in basket with pine cones, just nothing like it and the fragrance, ah heaven.
    Are you ready for Thanksgiving? We kept hoping our daughter would invite us but doesn’t look like that will happen. I can understand now why my Mother would want to go home after dinner, all the commotion. I’m getting so I don’t like so much commotion either, used to too much quiet with just hubs and I. Was hoping to invite a friend I used to work with but she’s going to Denver to see her parents. Very understandable as her parents are both in mid 80’s now. That drive over there from Junction tho is not one I’d have to be making.
    Take care and enjoy your holiday

  2. cute idea, love the basket AND the bow!

  3. I so remember those days of matching bows. It is kind of sad to know that it is ended for good! That is a nice looking bow topper- xo Diana

  4. Thank you for sharing. I love the basket easy and decorative!!

  5. I can respect a bow and I know people love them, but let’s be honest. What the world really wants to know how to do is how to make a shrunken apple head doll to put in the tree like we do every year. Well…to clarify…we don’t MAKE one every year. We just put the one I made in 6th grade in our tree every year.

    Here is what you need:

    1. 1 Apple
    2. Time for apple to rot and shrink and shrivel.
    3. Coat hanger and Panty hose stuffed with cotton to make a body.
    4. Felt to make a litle suit. Don’t forget the tie!
    5. A patient and loving wife and forgiving children who are willing to put it in the tree each year. (even if it has to go in the back…near the bottom…against the wall.

    It’s simple.

    Sorry I don’t have time to load up pictures and all.

    You probably wouldn’t want to see them anyway.

  6. Melissa I really like how this turned out. I remember last year I wanted to make one similar to this but I ran out of time. Pinned!


  7. Love the bow and the “tree” it sits on top of! So beautiful!! 🙂

  8. Hello, I just recently found your blog and I love your inspiration. Our son recently moved to Nashville and I was able to visit a couple weeks ago. He took me shopping in Franklin and I fell in love with the town. I missed the store Yarrow Acres, but will be sure to check it out on my next visit. I did see the large pine cones at the Iron Gate! Next time i will bring an extra bag on my flight to take home treasures from Franklin! Happy thanksgiving!

  9. A big bow for our tree is just what we need! How many yards of ribbon will I need to make a large bow?

  10. Your post helped me so much!!!
    I have watched many videos and read many post about making bows like the one that you showed how to make and yours is the only one that I could really understand and make it myself.
    Thanks so much!!!

  11. Hi Melissa,

    I love this idea and I think others will too. I am the Director for Orangevale Food Bank. I am typing up a Christmas letter for the folks who follow our work. With your permission, I’d like to use your “How to Make a Bow” picture for the cover of my letter. I would of course leave your address to credit your work. Please let me know what you think.

    Thank you!


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