Christmas Ornament Big Bow Evergreen Wreath ~ Step-by-step photo instructions showing how to make a gorgeous big bow for this Christmas ornament wreath.
I finally got around to making a new Christmas wreath for the front door. I love making wreaths and have been creating new ones every year for over twenty years. My previous Christmas wreath must have been about that old.
I am also excited to say that I have teamed up with other very talented Canadian bloggers from across Canada. We have created a Christmas wreath blog hop for our readers and followers. At the end of this post you will find links to other gorgeous Christmas wreath ideas. The variety of wreaths and types of materials used is so inspiring!
Did you know that wreaths are on of the most popular pins on Pinterest? I am not surprised. I love making them because they are fairly easy to make and the design possibilities are endless. You can also spend a fortune on materials or get creative and make it for a really low cost.
I kind of lucked out with how inexpensive this wreath cost. I found a pretty blah looking used evergreen at the thrift store for $2.00. Score #1! I just had to snip off the single poinsettia flower and the little clusters of pine cones with some garden pruners and I had a whole new evergreen wreath ready to embellish!
On another occasion I found a carton with about 50 red and gold Christmas balls for $8.00 at the thrift store. I used 18 red Christmas ornaments out of the carton and have lots leftover for future DIY/craft projects. Score #2! But I did buy a new spool of ribbon. It was on sale for 50% off and I paid $6.00. Score #3! The total cost for this Christmas ornament bog bow evergreen wreath is about $10.00!
I love making big bows like the one you see on this wreath. My good friend Deb who teaches horticulture taught me how to make them years ago. It is a fun and creative know-how to have! I have provided you with a step-by-step photo tutorial so you can follow along and make your own. I know when you look at a big bow like this it may be a bit intimidating. But it really is a very simple technique with a lot of puffing and fluffing at the end. That being said it does take practice. Sometimes when I make a big bow it does not come out as evenly as I would like it to be and have to do a few redos. For another detailed tutorial I recommend you check out How To Make A Big Bow Photo Tutorial.
When making large bows like the one you see in this Christmas ornament big bow evergreen wreath I prefer to use wired ribbon that is the same on both sides. But it is hard to find. When I bought this pretty ribbon and opened up the package I realized it had a front and a backside. So I came up with a new technique that I am sharing with you today to deal with this inconvenience. I think the bow turned out looking even better!
The evergreen wreath I used was actually a 2-tiered wreath. It had a bigger ring of boughs with a smaller ring inside. This made it really easy to place the Christmas balls evenly around the outer side of the smaller ring. If you can’t find an evergreen wreath like this I have another doable suggestion for you. Make yours from two evergreen wreaths. Just attach a smaller evergreen wreath frame inside the larger frame. Not only will you have a much fuller looking wreath but it will be really easy to line up and attach the Christmas balls around the outside of the smaller ring.
I also recommend using glass looking but made of plastic Christmas balls. Glass Christmas balls may not be sturdy enough and I can see them breaking. The Christmas balls I used look pretty good for being plastic!
I think I have covered all of the tips and suggestions. Here now is how to make a…
Christmas Ornament Big Bow Evergreen Wreath
- Option A: 24” faux 2-tiered evergreen wreath
- Option B: 18” faux evergreen wreath attached inside a 24” faux evergreen wreath
- about 18 plastic Christmas balls
- thin florist wire
- garden pruners or wire cutter
- 2-½ inch x 25 feet wired ribbon
- 22-gauge florist wire
Attach Christmas ornaments with thin florist wire around the outer side of the inner evergreen wreath. Secure the Christmas ornaments tightly with the wire and try to line them up so they make an even looking circle. You will notice my lovely reflection in this photograph. It adds a personal touch…
Fold the 25-foot length of ribbon in half and trim. Line up both sides of the ribbon with the back sides (less shiny looking) facing each other and the front sides facing out. When you form the bow you will be working with the doubled up ribbon.
Starting in about the middle create an accordion like fold or flipping the ribbon back and forth as shown in the photograph. The length of the accordion folds will be about one foot.
Do the same kind of fold with the ribbon two more times. To keep both ends fairly even work from both sides of the ribbon. You will end up with four loops.
This photograph shows what it will look like with the ribbon placed flat.
This photograph shows what it will look like with the ribbon standing upright.
Gather the middle of the looped ribbon with one hand holding it firmly. The loops should be about the same size but do not have to be exact. Trim about 18 inches of the heavier gauge wire. Use it to secure the middle of the bow very tightly.
Trim the ends of the ribbon with sharp scissors so they are even.
If you want you can also trim the ends as shown in the photograph.
Fluff and poof your bow similar to how it looks in the photograph.
Tip: Does your evergreen wreath frame have sharp areas or a wire frame on the back that may scratch the door? The wreath frame I used did and so I covered these areas with black duct tape.
Attach the big bow to the top of the wreath with the remaining heavy gauge wire. Attach a narrow ribbon at the top of the wreath for hanging on the door wreath hanger.
That is it! That is how to make a Christmas Ornament Big Bow Evergreen Wreath!
Here are some beauty shots from different angles to give you an idea of how it looks. I have to admit I love how the bold red and green colours look hanging on our basic black front door.
Final comments: My intent when designing this wreath was to use just one colour. I love how one colour makes a bold statement and looks gorgeous with the evergreen wreath as the background. I chose to use red but the possibilities are endless for creating you own unique version. This was also a pretty easy wreath to make that took me about an hour to do. But as a blogger it always takes me longer because I have to stop and take photographs with each step! Here is a pin worthy image…
Your turn: First of all, thank you so much for visiting! I hope I have inspired you to make your own Christmas Ornament Big Bow evergreen wreath (bit of a mouthful title)! Are you ready for more wreath inspiration. I invite you to stop by and take a look to see what kind of wreaths my Canadian blogging friends have created. Enjoy!