Fabric & Bow Ornament Balls

I love holiday crafting, don't you? Making handmade ornaments is so fun. This ornament is so simple but can have a stunning effect depending on your ribbon and fabric choices. So pick your favorite ribbon/fabric and let's get started!

Supplies (provided by Bowdabra): Bow wire, ribbon, styrofoam ball, scissors and a mini Bowdabra

Let's make the bow first, it's the highlight of this project.
Step 1: Loop a piece of bow wire and place the looped end on one side in the horizontal slit of the Bowdabra.

Step 2: Place a piece of ribbon through the horizontal slit of the Bowdabra.

Step 3:Continue adding pieces of ribbon and looped ribbon until you are satisfied.

Step 4: Pull both ends of the bow wire, pushing the loose ends through the loop.
 Step 5: Push the bow wire down, tightening the ribbons together. Keep the long ends of the bow wire - don't cut them.

Now, let's begin working on the ornament ball.
Step 1: Cover the styrofoam ball in a piece of fabric and gather at the top.

Step 2: Use bow wire to tie up the gathered fabric.

Step 3: Cut the excess fabric off, just past the bow wire knot.
 Step 4: Take the loose ends of the bow wire that you left on the bow and tie them around the gathered fabric.
 Step 5: Cut a small piece of bow wire, slip it through the knotted wire and create a loop to hang the ornament. 

Step 6: If you want, you can add embellishments to the bow. I put a button in the middle, to cover up the bow wire.
How cute are these ornaments? I am now obsessed with making different bows! There are so many ways to make a bow using Bowdabra (loops, slanted edges, v-shaped edges, a mix of different ribbons...). Fun, right?

This post is sponsored by Bowdabra but all opinions are my own. Bowdabra products can be found at most local craft stores, like Joanns & Michaels. For more Bowdabra info, check out their website, Twitter, and Facebook page. 

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  1. I would love to make bows for all of my Christmas presents!

  2. I'd make bows for the Christmas tree.

  3. I'd make some cute bows for ornaments! :)

  4. We absolutely LOVE this project! Thank you for the great tutorial and you did a super job with the Mini Bowdabra. Your bows are a perfect touch to this project. We are featuring you on our Bowdabra Blog and sharing your project on our social media channels! We can't wait to see what else you create. http://bowdabrablog.com/2013/11/18/10-bowdabra-prize-pack-giveaways-and-crafty-projects/

  5. What an awesome project idea!! I love it!!!

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  8. Thanks, Susie! And thank you for all the nice comments, ladies!

  9. I'd love to win the Bowdrabra since I have never been able to make a good bow! I love this ornament. Thanks for sharing!

  10. I would love to start by making these ornaments. I could do a whole set before Christmas.

  11. these are gorgeous Katie!! you are the best as these kind of beautifully simple crafts. love it!


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