How to Tie a Christmas Tree Topper Bow

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How to Tie a Christmas Tree Topper Bow
Create your own tree topper. (Christmas bow image by Photoeyes from

You have the entire tree decorated, and you are ready to put on the final touches. Adding the tree topper is the last part of the tree decorating process; this is the part that completes the look. Making a bow to coordinate with your tree's theme is the perfect way to add a touch of class and elegance. Using ribbon gives you the power to choose the colours that best complement your lights and decorations.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Card stock
  • Large ribbon on a spool
  • Scissors
  • Wire

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  1. 1

    Cut your card stock to the desired length of your ribbon loops. You will wrap your ribbon around the card stock, so the size of the card will determine the size of your loop. You can experiment with a few different sizes until you find the size you want. For smaller loops, cut the stock about four inches or smaller. For larger loops, you can cut it to about six inches or larger.

  2. 2

    Trim the piece of card stock so it's slightly wider than the ribbon you will be wrapping around it.

  3. 3

    Wrap the ribbon lengthwise around the card stock. Make about eight loops around the card for a full-looking bow. Wrap each loop of the ribbon on top of the last. You can always do more or fewer wraps, depending on the size of your tree.

    How to Tie a Christmas Tree Topper Bow
    Don't allow the bow to overpower the tree. (Christmas tree image by Maria Brzostowska from
  4. 4

    Hold the ribbon in place and carefully cut a small, notch-shaped slit into one edge of the ribbon and card stock, after you have finished wrapping. Cut directly into the centre so you have a tiny notch--about half-inch sized or smaller, on one side of your bundle. Cut a matching notch directly opposite the first, on the other edge. Keep the loops of ribbon neat and tightly in place as you cut through the card and ribbon.

    The idea is to mark the place where the wire will eventually go, and cutting through all of the ribbon at once will make it easy to line up and gather into a bow shape. This way your loops will look even and be the same size.

  5. 5

    Cut a piece of wire at least 7 inches long.

  6. 6

    Slip the card out from inside the ribbon. Grab the wire with one hand and hold the ribbon together near the slits you just cut.

  7. 7

    Place the ribbon in the centre of the wire. Wrap the wire tightly around the cut part of the ribbon, crossing the opposing ends of the wire over and then under the ribbon, pulling the wire tight as you wrap. Repeat this a few times until the ribbon is secure.

  8. 8

    Spread out the bow out by gently pulling the loops out from underneath each other. Fan the loops out.

  9. 9

    Use the excess wire to attach the bow to the top of the tree. Cut any extra ribbon that hangs down.

Tips and warnings

  • If you want to have two loose ends hanging down onto the tree, pull a tail of ribbon out before looping it around the card stock.
  • Be careful if you are climbing a ladder to get to the top of the tree. Have someone hold the ladder to be sure you do not fall.

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