Monday, November 19, 2018

Purple Buffalo Plaid Swag Wreath

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It's Day 1 and we are sharing DIY Wreath Ideas!

Everywhere you look for the holidays, you will find something done in Buffalo Plaid!  It's very popular and quite trendy right now, but buffalo plaid decor is really not new - it's been around for a very long time!

The exciting thing for me about buffalo plaid these days is that you can find it in new colors and in new ways! And it's not just for country or farmhouse decor anymore! In fact, for my Twelve Days of Christmas ideas, I'm introducing you to  lots of purple buffalo plaid Christmas decorative accent items - and surprisingly, they give off a modern, fresh look for the holidays!  Just a bit out of the ordinary for the holiday season! So on Day 1,  I'm starting with my white 30 inch swag wreath and dressing it up with  .  .  .   you guessed it! 
The focal point on most wreaths is a lovely big bow! So I got out my trusty Bowdabra bow maker and made a lovely purple buffalo plaid bow that's 10 inches wide! If you have trouble making bows, the Bowdabra is the best tool to use to make bows! 

To Make the Bow:  First, fold an 18" piece of Bowdabra bow wire and place into the Bowdabra, tucking ends under. Next, crease one end of the ribbon leaving a tail and insert into the Bowdabra. Since the plaid design is only on one side, make  a 5" loop on one side and twist the ribbon down into the Bowdabra!

 Next, fold and twist the other side at the same width for the next loop, creasing the ribbon down into the Bowdabra.  Continue to loop and twist on each side until you're satisfied with the look. I made a total of eight loops, but you can make as many loops as you like for your bow! The Bowdabra will hold them all! Scrunch down the ribbon using the bowdabra wand.

Make a slip knot by taking the loose ends of the bow wire through the wire loop, pulling tight while gently pulling the bow out. Separate the wires around to the back, tying in a double knot.
And to give the tails a finished look called dove-tail, fold the ribbon and cut at an angle from the fold to the end corner. Snip into a V shape!
Then fluff and tie the  bow onto the center of the swag. Add additional purple and white ornaments and embellishments.

Wow, what a super fun take on the buffalo plaid trend!

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  1. How pretty, Gail. I love the white and purple. Your bows are always fabulous.

  2. It's beautiful, my friend! I just love the white and purple combination :)

    Have a most wonderful Thanksgiving, dear one. Hugs!

  3. Que bonita y original, voy a ver todas las propuesta me encantan las coronas navideƱas.

  4. So pretty! I have a bowdabra somewhere I totally forgot about, I need to find it to use on things like wreaths. #12DaysofChristmas2018

  5. Simple but makes a statement... so pretty! I need to get one of those bowdabras, it would make making bows so much quicker.


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