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How To Make an Elegant Fall Wedding Bow

This fall wedding bow with its streamer-like tails will add a touch of rustic elegance to your special celebration. It can be used as a pew bow, or enhance table and chairs at a reception.Fall Wedding Bow

Supplies to Make a Fall Wedding BowSupplies for Fall Wedding Bow

Instructions to Make a Fall Wedding Bow

  1. Cut dovetails on 48″ length of burlap and 36″ length of grosgrain ribbon. Fold ribbon in half lengthwise and cut a diagonal line from the folded edge to the end of the open edge. Quickly pass the cut ends through a flame to seal them, and prevent fraying.Cut Dovetail Ends
  2. Fold Bowdabra bow wire in half and place in the Bowdabra. You can tuck the ends under the bow maker to keep them out of the way.Bow Wire in Place
  3. Place the 48″ length of burlap in the Bowdabra with 24″ extending on each side.Burlap Tail in Bowdabra
  4. Place the 36″ length of grosgrain in the Bowdabra with 18″ extending on each side.Grosgrain Tail in Bowdabra
  5. Overlap the ends of the 24″ length of burlap, forming a circle. Place both ends in the Bowdabra.Form Circle with Burlap
  6. Press the center of the circle opposite the two ends into the Bowdabra, forming two loops.Burlap Loop in Bowdabra
  7. Scrunch the tulle into the Bowdabra.Tulle Scrunched in Bowdabra
  8. Make a loop bow with the remaining 60″ length of grosgrain ribbon.Grosgrain Loops in Bowdabra
  9. Compress the ribbon in the Bowdabra with the Bowdabra wand.Compress Ribbons with Bowdabra Wand
  10. With the ribbon still in place in the Bowdabra, pass the ends of the bow wire through the loop, and tighten.Pass Wire Ends through Loop
  11. Bring the wire ends to top of the bow, and tie securely.
  12. Wrap one wire end around a skewer, pencil, or knitting needle to form a coil. Gently remove the skewer. Repeat with the remaining wire end. (Alternatively, the wire ends can be moved the the back of the bow and used for hanging the bow.)Coil Wire Ends
  13. Fluff the bow and make final adjustments to the ribbons.Close Up of Finished Bow--Small

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