A few days ago I posted a tutorial on how to make an Easy Burlap Wreath and mentioned that I had plans to create interchangeable seasonal attachments. With St. Patrick’s day a few weeks away there is no time like the present to get started on my first seasonal attachment. You can make a simple bow and shamrock attachment with dollar store supplies.
You will need:
Wired green burlap ribbon
Lime green grosgrain ribbon (thinner in size)
Tape measure or ruler
This bow making method is something my mom showed me a long time ago when she would fill our Christmas tree full of handmade bows and flowy ribbon. It’s fairly simple and you get to use a glue gun!
First decide how wide you want your bow to be. I wanted my bow to be about 7″ wide so I started by doubling that number and cutting three 14″ lengths of burlap ribbon and three 14″ lengths of lime grosgrain ribbon. Now cut a 4″ length of each ribbon. This will be the center part of the bow.
The next step was to hot glue the lime ribbon on to the center of the burlap. I did this to keep it in place for a uniform looking bow. I only did this for two of the 14″ pieces. The third piece I left unglued for the bow tails.
I burnt my fingers a few times so be careful!
Flip your glued ribbon over and glue the ends together to make your first loop. Repeat with the second glued ribbon but make this loop smaller. Play around with the sizing and when you are happy, glue your loop together and cut off any excess ribbon.
Stack your ribbon loops on top of each other and secure with a long piece of floral wire. Make sure you have a good length of wire left over to secure both the tail on to the bow and secure the bow onto your wreath.
Attach the bow tails by using one of the wire lengths and tightly wrapping it around the center of the bow.
To attach the middle section of the bow, fold the 4″ piece into thirds and wrap it around the center of the bow and glue in the back. You should still have a length of wire left over to attach to your wreath. Cut the ends of your bow tails as you like and fluff the loops. The bow is finished!
When I originally started this project, the plan was to add a shamrock to the center of my bow. I liked how bright and vibrant the bow looked and I didn’t want to cover it up. So I quickly came up with Plan B.
Remove the shamrocks from the headband by gently pulling them up and off the springs. The glue let go pretty easily.
Fold 2 length of floral wide in half and glue to the back of the shamrocks. I used the pocket left over from the headband.
And that is it! Instant embellishments!
Now I just have to decide of I want to hang this inside over the fire place or outside over the door.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!