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Learn to Make a Simple Burlap Bow with Dollar Tree Ribbon

Learn how to make a simple bow using Dollar Tree wired burlap ribbon and an EZ Bow Maker.

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Overview

2″ Wired Burlap Ribbon

I made this bow to add to a fabric wreath. Because I didn’t want to detract from the color and patterns in the wreath, my goal was to create a simple burlap bow. This bow only took 1 roll of 2″ wired burlap ribbon from the Dollar Tree, so it was cost effective too.

I’ve linked to the ribbon’s description on the Dollar Tree website to help you find it at the store (ribbon description). You can purchase it by the roll in the physical store, but only by the case on their website.

Make sure to use wired ribbon. This is needed to shape the loops on the bow.

EZ Bow Maker

Creating a bow is fast and easy with an EZ Bow Maker. You can make other bows with this tool as well, such as a holiday bow, floral bow, tree top bow and more. The process is straight forward. Essentially, you’re just looping and twisting the ribbon and then securing it with a wire (or zip tie). However, I’ve included pictures of the process below.

Instructions for Making a Burlap Bow

Here’s What I Used

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Materials

  • 1 roll (3 yards) of wired 2” burlap ribbon from the Dollar Tree
  • Floral wire
  • Small strip of fabric

Tools

Burlap Bow Project Steps

Time needed: 10 minutes.

How to make a burlap bow with a Deluxe EZ Bow Maker

  1. Place floral wire between large center dowels

    Cut an approximately 12″ length of floral wire with scissors or wire cutters. The wire is used to secure the ribbon and attach the bow to a wreath. Thread it between the two taller center dowels on the EZ Bow Maker, so half of the wire is on the right side and half remains on the left side.

    Handing threading a length of floral wire through the dowels of the EZ Bow Maker.

  2. Create a ribbon tail

    Place the roll of ribbon on the dowel on the left side of the EZ Bow Maker. Pull a length of ribbon through the tall center dowels and then down towards you in front of the EZ Bow Maker. This will become one of the 4 ribbon tails in this bow. I made the tail about 8″ long to start.
    Starting the process of making a bow by pulling a length of ribbon through the center dowels on the EZ Bow Maker to create a tail.

  3. Form 1st loop on left side

    Create a 5″ loop of ribbon on left side of the EZ Bow Maker.
    Handing forming a 5" loop using an EZ Box Maker

  4. Feed ribbon through dowels and twist

    Feed the ribbon through the tall center dowels. Give the ribbon a 1/2 twist so that you flip it over and the good side is facing down. The twist is more important when you’re using ribbon with a good side and a bad/reverse side. You want the good side always facing the outside of the loop and the bad/reverse side facing the inner part of the loop.

    Hands feeding a length of ribbon through the center dowels of the EZ Bow Maker and then twisting the length of ribbon/

  5. Create 2nd loop on right side

    Create a 5″ loop on the right side of the EZ Bow Maker.
    Hands forming a second loop of the bow on the EZ Bow Maker.

  6. Feed ribbon through dowels and twist

    Feed the ribbon back through the tall dowels and twist the ribbon so that it flips over.
    Hand creating a 3rd loop of burlap ribbon to form a bow.

  7. Repeat process and create 2 more loops

    Form another 5″ loop on the left side. Feed the ribbon through the tall center dowels.

    Flip the ribbon over with a twist and then form a 5″ loop on the right side.

    Feed the ribbon through the tall center dowels again, twist, and then pull about 8″ of ribbon towards you. Cut the ribbon to form the 2nd tail.

    At this point you should have 4 loops (2 on each side) and 2 tails.
    Trimming the end of the 1st length of ribbon used to make a bow.

  8. Create a 3rd ribbon tail

    Just like you did in step 2, pull about 8″ of ribbon through the tall center dowels towards you forming the 3rd ribbon tail.

    Hands pulling a length of ribbon through EZ Bow Maker dowels to make a 3rd tail for the Bow.

  9. Form 2 smaller loops using the same loop and twist process

    Using the same process that you did for the larger loops, create a 3″ loop on the left side and then pull the ribbon through the large center dowels and twist.

    Create a 3″ loop on the right side. Feed the ribbon through the large center dowels and twist.

    Loops of ribbon on an EZ Bow Maker.

  10. Form 2 more smaller loops and the final tail

    Create another 3″ loop on the left side. Feed the ribbon through the large center dowels and twist.

    Create the fourth and final 3″ loop on the right side.

    Feed the ribbon through the tall center dowels again, twist, and then pull about 8″ of ribbon towards you. Cut the ribbon to form the 4th tail.

    At this point you should have 8 loops (2 large loops and 2 small loops on each side) and 4 tails.
    Burlap bow formed on an EZ Bow Maker.

  11. Remove bow from EZ Bow Maker

    Remove the bow and the piece of wire from the EZ Bow Maker by lifting up. You’ll probably have to give it a good tug because the ribbons are held snugly by the two large center dowels.

    Hands holding the center of a bow while removing it from the EZ Bow Maker.

  12. Twist wire around center of bow.

    Holding the wire close to the center of the bow, twist the floral wire to hold your ribbons in place.

    Handing twisting floral wire around the loops of a burlap bow .

  13. Twist bow a few more times

    Holding the wire in one hand and the bow in the other, twist the bow around a few more times to securely hold the bow in place. It’s easier to hold the wire and twist the bow than to hold the bow and twist the wire.

    Hands twisting floral wire around the center of a bow securing the loops.

  14. Remaining wire is used to attaching bow to wreath

    After the wire is securely twisted around the bow, you’ll have the two ends of the wire sticking out. Use this to attach the bow to the wreath once the bow is complete.

    Tail of floral wire used to secure loops of bow and also used to attach bow to the wreath.

  15. View of flattened bow

    At this point in the process, you’ll have a flat bow. Don’t worry, it’ll will take shape soon!

    View of bow after removed from EZ Bow Maker but before the loops have been formed

  16. Tie a piece of fabric or ribbon around the center of bow

    Loop a complementary piece of fabric or ribbon around the center of the bow. For instance, I used a piece of fabric from my fabric wreath.
    Handing tying a strip of decorative fabric around the center of the bow.

  17. Tie center fabric or ribbon in a double knot

    Tie the fabric or ribbon in a double knot on the back side of the bow. As an alternative, you could use a bit of hot glue.

    Hands tying a strip of fabric into a double knot around the center of the bow.

  18. Shape the loops

    Separate and shape the 8 loops. This is why it’s important to use wired ribbon. Keep shaping and positioning the loops until you achieve the shape you like.

    Hands giving the ribbon loop structure.

  19. Cut dovetails in the end of the ribbon tails

    Fold the end of the ribbon tail in half length wise.

    Folding the ribbon tail of the bow in half lengthwise in order to cut a dovetail.

  20. Cut folded tail at an angle

    Cut the folded piece of the ribbon tail at an angle. Make a diagonal cut from the outer edge in towards the fold.

    Cutting a folded end of ribbon at a diagonal to form a dovetail

  21. Dovetail ends of remaining tails

    Repeat the process to cut dovetails in the ends of the other 3 tails. You can make all the tails the same length or have two longer than the others if you desire.

    Dovetail cut into end of the ribbon tail of the bow.

  22. Completed bow

    Here’s a picture of my bow after I shaped the 8 loops and cut dovetails into the 4 tails.

    Burlap bow made using EZ Bow Maker

Once your bow is complete, attach it to the wreath using the wire. You’ll likely have to reshape the bow after you attach it to the wreath. Just play with the loops again until you achieve the desired shape.

Check out this post to learn how to make the wreath below.

Fabric wreath made of multi-colored and multi-patterned strips of fabric with a large burlap bow at the bottom of the wreath.

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