Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Christmas in July - Bow Ribbon Bell Ornament

Welcome to week three of Christmas in July where a group of talented ladies have gotten together for a Blog Hop featuring awesome holiday ideas every Wednesday of the month.

I love Christmas in July!  It's a marvelous time to get a head start on your holiday crafting. And the best part is you can actually enjoy making things  without having that rushed feeling. 

This week I'm sharing a lovely Bow Ribbon Bell Ornament that was first featured a couple of days ago on Bowdabrablog where I'm on the design team. This post contains affiliate links.

Here's a quick rundown on how this ornament was put together.  The  bottom portion of the Bow Ribbon Bell Ornament is made with folded and glued ribbon shaped into a bell that's topped with an adorable Bowdabra bow.  And the bow wire securing the bow is adorned with colorful beads for the hanger.  

Briefly, begin by cutting 2.5" wide ribbon into fifteen - 2.5" squares.  It was quick and easy to cut and seal the ribbon at the same time using my Proxxon Hot Wire Cutter.

Next, with a series of folds - folding a square piece of ribbon into triangles and gluing at the tip, as pictured, the ribbon was glued and shaped into petals that were hot glued together to form a bell.

To make the Bowdabra bow, insert a 24" piece of bow wire folded in half into the Mini Bowdabra, tucking ends under.

Then, make a crease in the ribbon and place into the Mini Bowdabra.

To make your first loop, fold and crease the ribbon and press into the Mini Bowdabra.

Next, fold the other side at the same loop width. Continue folding loops one at a time down through the center of the Mini Bowdabra. I made eight loops on each side.

Scrunch down with the Mini Bowdabra Wand.  While the bow is still in the Mini Bowdabra, thread the two loose ends of the bow wire through the loop at the other end pulling tightly, tie in a knot and gently pull bow out.

Separate the bow wires - one on top and the other on the bottom of the bow.

Insert the bottom bow wire into and through the center of the bell ribbon and string the decorative beads onto the wire, sealing the end with hot glue. 

String the top bow wire with beads, gluing the larger bead first to the center of the bow.  Loop the bow wire back through the opening of the beads for a hanger and secure with hot glue.

Please visit Bowdabrablog for a complete step by step tutorial.

Be sure to check out the rest of the ladies' Christmas projects and join the Christmas in July Blog Hop by linking up and sharing your favorite Christmas ideas - new or old!

Take a little time to enjoy
Happy Christmas in July Crafting!


  1. How pretty that will look hanging on the tree! Looks easy too. I love how you made the ribbon look like a bell. How'd you learn all these things? :-) Glad you share! Hope you're having a good week!

  2. This is SO pretty! Thank you for the tutorial! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  3. Gail, This is such a beautiful bell ornament! Love the choice of the glitter ribbon for the bell - it adds a pretty sparkle along with those beautiful beads. Great project! Pinned to share :)

  4. oh these bells with bows are awesome Gail! And you know, for those that have trees up year round, these bells could stay up year round too! awesome idea!

  5. How pretty! I love all the sparkle. I'd love to have a few of these on my tree.

  6. Very beautiful bell ornament! I love how it looks! Thanks for sharing how to make it. Thanks so much for visiting my blog too. Have a great week, Gail. :)

  7. This is a very cute little bell for the tree. We don't normally see them like this so it makes them special and you can do them in any color you like. My goodness Gail, I had to scroll and scroll to get here. I guess our blog hop must be a hit.


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