Well, what do you know?! This lady still has the capacity to learn how to do a new craft! YaY!! Go me! 😉 Seriously, I have been searching YouTube tutorials for a couple of weeks because I’ve been wanting to learn how to make a much bigger bow than the tiered bows that I’ve been making for literally decades. For one thing, thanks to a couple of friends suggestions, I might want to make a bow tree topper for my Christmas tree and my little tiered bow wasn’t going to work in that capacity in any way, shape, or form. I was so happy that I *finally* found the tutorial that helped the dim “I don’t know how to make a big, beautiful bow” bulb in my brain go off like a strobe light. 😉 I found a YouTube channel hosted by Nancy Alexander and here is a link to one of her bow tutorials. She has a little trick where her first two loops form a “bow tie”, and then the next four loops form an “x”, and so on. Those might seem like really simple explanations, but, I am not kidding when I say that I literally whooped out loud when I was successful at making a big, beautiful bow! 🙂
So, now that the “how to make a big, beautiful bow” light had come on, I had to do a little bit of practicing…Here are a couple of my trial run bows…
Okay, they didn’t look bad, so I felt like I could try my hand at making the Christmas bows that would go on the staircase (because neither of those bows would match my planned burgundy and gold Christmas color scheme). I bet I find somewhere else to place them though. 🙂
I made 8 bows today out of this burgundy plaid and gold ribbon. Both ribbons are wired ribbon (a must in my opinion) and I piled one on top of the other and created the bows; I fluffed the loops out when I finished. I got exactly 5 bows out of one (well one burgundy and one gold) bolt. I tied them together with chenille twist ties. I didn’t use the ornament pictured, I thought I would glue it to the center of the bow, but, when I tried it I didn’t care for the look, so I will use the ornament elsewhere in the Christmas decor.
Here is one finished bow and me doing the “Happy Dance” behind the camera!!
After I saw that I could create exactly what I wanted, I went ahead and made 7 more big, beautiful bows and tied them onto my pip berry garland. I will most likely replace the pip berry garland with the more traditional pine garland when I get to my Christmas decorating, but, for now, they sure look pretty hanging on that pip berry garland. 🙂
As I sit here and look at my creations for the day, I am patting myself on the back for taking the initiative to research and to learn a new craft! What a feeling of accomplishment such a thing can produce. 🙂
Here is how my stair railing looks this evening:
Until next time, y’all take good care! ❤
**In crafting there are no mistakes just unique creations**