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Did you know that dressing a Christmas tree with bows was the this year’s holiday season look? However, that’s not the only way to decorate for the season.

A simple ribbon bow is the most elegant of Christmas decorating ideas – allowing you to effortlessly change up your festive color theme, add interest to a Christmas tree, tired garland and bring a whole new look. perky and preppy to your Christmas wreath ideas.

Although a bow may not be the most practical option for your outdoor Christmas decor, as rain, snow and even the winter sun will damage the fabric, ribbons can be used as part of your Christmas decorating ideas. Christmas porch decoration and to decorate a festive front door. You can tie ribbons around porch columns or the front door handle and finish with a beautifully tied bow – the bigger the better for impact and appeal.

Indoors, use bows alone or paired with baubles and other decorations to enhance your Christmas style.

How to use bows in your Christmas decoration

The beauty of bows is that you can change the look of your Christmas decoration for the price of a length of ribbon.

“Glass balls and cut glass droplets made from scraps of old chandeliers add an elegant shine to my tree, and I change the ribbons on it every year to match my theme,” says the style influencer, Paula Sutton (opens in a new tab).

“Experiment and be playful – ribbons aren’t serious stuff, although they can be incredibly elegant,” says stylist Sara Bird, who created the embellishments here. “One trick is to experiment with different widths of ribbon, from narrow corded narrow style to wide shiny stripes. You can also opt for wired ribbon, as it helps the bow hold its shape. Enjoy! This year, I’m going to tie a bow to the top of my tree as an alternative Christmas tree decoration idea.

Sara chose a smart blue and white decorating theme for the arch ideas below, which would look great in a blue living room. But you can choose any color of ribbon to complete your festive scheme.

1. Put bows on a Christmas wreath

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Many of us will want to know how to make a Christmas wreath to add a personal touch to our festive decor. The greenery, fruits and berries you choose for the base of your wreath can be enhanced with additional decorative touches.

‘Add detail and color to a Christmas wreath with pretty bows. Alternate the widths of your ribbon for interest and tie a few complementary balls,” suggests stylist Sara Bird.

If you prefer a single standout arch, learn how to create a wreath arch to add a touch of sparkle to your design.

2. Tie knots on the Christmas tree

christmas tree decorations with blue ribbon bows

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Ribbons add texture and color to your Christmas tree ideas, for a muted contrast to garlands. Choose a shade and attach them to the end of the branches, with balls positioned in the interstices.

“I love bows for decorating the Christmas tree and have them on every tree in my house (yes, I have a lot!),” says Dani Taylor, Product & Creative Director, Cox & Cox (opens in a new tab). ‘

“Pre-tied bows are the easiest way to get the look, as they simply clip on. You can also use them to decorate wreaths and garlands, and as extra garnish for gifts.

3. Style your table decoration with bows

christmas tree decorations with blue ribbon bows

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Looking to spruce up your festive dining room ideas? Then bring an elegant twist to Christmas table decorating ideas with swag and ruched detailing.

Sara Bird explains how to get the look. “Cut a length of burlap the same size as your decorative table runner,” she says. ‘Using a narrow length of ribbon or string, wrap it around the backs of the two fabrics and bring the ends together, then tie it loosely to hold the fabric ruffles in place. Then hide the ribbon or twine with a wide decorative ribbon, tying it in the front with a luxurious bow.

4. Make a bow tie

christmas tree decorations with blue ribbon bows

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This is such a great trick when you want to set the perfect Christmas table for your family and friends. This is one of the easiest ways to add ribbon bows to your holiday table decor.

Gather the plates and present them in overlapping layers with a ribbon wrapped around them. Wrap with a napkin tie made from a twist of rosemary – florist wire holds the ends of stray foliage in place. Garnish with a pretty ribbon bow.

5. Weave bows and ribbons into a garland

christmas tree decorations with blue ribbon bows

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Ribbons and bows are a wonderful way to add color and pattern to the garland greenery. You can arrange the garland as a Christmas mantel decor idea, display it above a doorway to enhance your Christmas hallway ideas, or weave the garland through railings as part of your hallway decorating ideas. festive staircase.

“Here I dragged plain canvas and ribbons through the stems and branches,” says stylist Sara Bird. “Decorative bows complete the look.”

6. Hang balls with ribbons and bows

christmas tree decorations with blue ribbon bows

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A ribbon bow can enhance the look of even the simplest bauble.

‘Pass a length of ribbon through the top of the bauble and pull through. This length is used to hang the ball,” explains stylist Sara Bird.

‘Tie a separate decorative knot on the loop above the ball and trim the ends to the required length. Repeat for a collection of balls, then gather and hang the group. We’ve added a touch of gold for an extra festive effect.’

It would make a great idea for Christmas window decoration – hang the baubles in the window where they can bring holiday cheer to your neighborhood.

What kind of ribbons can I use for decorative bows?

Any type of ribbon should be fine, as long as it matches your holiday decor, although we recommend a wide ribbon like these from Amazon (opens in a new tab) to create a luxurious look. Choose a single ribbon size and color for a seamless look, or choose a range of widths and finishes (gloss or matte) to add variety.

“I recommend sticking to just one or two colors, for an elegant scheme,” says stylist Sara Bird.

How to prevent ribbons from fraying?

“It’s the trick that stylists and anyone who uses ribbons use frequently,” says Sara Bird. ‘Cut the ends of the ribbon at an angle, then hold a candle flame or a lighter near the cut end, for only a second or two. This will seal the ends of the tape to prevent them from fraying, but without burning the fabric.

Never leave a burning candle unattended, or place the hot lighter on a flammable surface after you’ve finished using it.

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