Make a Traditional Christmas Tree Topper Bow

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There’s nothing more southern than a big loopy bow on the top of your Christmas tree! Learn how to make this traditional Christmas tree topper bow in a few easy steps. 

large red and green traditional Christmas tree topper bow

Traditional Christmas tree topper bow

Sometimes, traditional is the way to go.

There is a special place in my heart for classic, southern-style decor. And this loopy tree topper bow perfectly fits the bill!

It’s absolutely massive and will make a big statement on the top of your Christmas tree. Best of all, you can easily customize it to fit any color scheme you desire. 

Now on to the tree-topper.

Supplies for this project

You’ll need: 

How to make a traditional Christmas tree topper bow: Step-by-step tutorial 

1. Measure your ribbon 

Begin by using your tree to measure your ribbon. 

Take your ribbon and measure from the top to the bottom of your tree (a little extra never hurts!). Fold the ribbon in on itself, then cut. 

Repeat the process by measuring, looping, and cutting. You should now have four ribbon tails. 

Hold ribbons all together, fold them in half to find the center, and twist. Place on an EZ BowMaker if you’re using one. 

2. Make loops

Start with a seven-inch streamer, twisting around the center of your EZ BowMaker. The tail should have the good side of the ribbon up.

Then, it’s time to make our loops!

Measure a 7-inch loop and twist it to complete the loop. Note that thicker a ribbon will be easier to use. 

Then, repeat on the other side. Hold the loop twist in the center of your bow to keep things even and secure. 

Repeat for a total of 36 loops, with 18 on each side. Cut the end of your ribbon once all of your loops are complete.

3. Secure your center 

Start by measuring about twenty inches of florist wire. I recommend doubling it up by wrapping them around each other to thicken the wire. Then, set aside. 

Add your zip tie to the center of your bow, tightened loosely for now. Make sure your zip tie lines up with the crease your bow maker made for even loops – guaranteed!

Feed your florist wire through the zip tie, going around twice for extra stability. Tighten your zip tie a little more.  

4. Fluff your ribbon

Hold your ribbon in your hand at the center. Then fluff out your loops, fluffing in several directions for a full look.

Be careful that you don’t pull too much. If your loops feel like they may slide out of the zip tie, tighten it a little bit more. 

5. Finishing touches 

Now for the finishing touches. Make sure your zip tie is at the back of your bow, and tie it as tight as you can. Clip the end.

You can trim your end streamer short, make it the size of your loops, or add a dovetail… whichever option you prefer. 

Attach your tree topper bow to your Christmas tree and weave your four streamers throughout for a festive, southern display!

Watch the video: How to make a traditional Christmas tree topper bow

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  1. Barbara Smith on August 23, 2023 at 9:10 am

    beautiful bow , thanks for instructions i definitely would love that on my tree

  2. Glenda Clevenger on August 24, 2023 at 3:37 pm

    Beautiful! Thank you for the instructions.

  3. Louise on November 2, 2023 at 8:29 pm

    It’s beautiful. I do have a suggestion though.the ribbon on the tails two is going the right way.but the other two are upside you would have to cut the ribbon in half and turn the two tails around.i make alot of bows myself.just giving you a little tip.

  4. Tanya on November 4, 2023 at 6:33 am

    Louise, That’s a good point. I hadn’t even thought of that. Thanks.

  5. Virginia M Wood on December 13, 2023 at 3:11 pm

    Going to try bow this. First time using a bow as a tree topper. Your instructions were very clear and easy to follow. I do have an EZ Bow Maker so we will see how it goes. Thank you for the video.

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