Hi Ribbon Retreat Readers! I am so excited to share this simple tutorial that is sure to make a strong statement! I don’t know about all of you, but I LOVE LOVE LOVE tulle! It can be used for so many different things and projects, but my most favorite way to utilize tulle is to tie it in a bow.
In this tutorial I am going to show you two of my favorite ways to make tulle bows. They are fast, they are easy, but they are ADORABLE and people always make comments on how cute they are. (I love compliments like that.) 🙂
So…grab your tulle and some tulle and some tulle and you are ready! Check out all of my tulle.
Did I mention that I love tulle? The Ribbon Retreat carries so many colors and guess what…they now carry 6″ and 3″ tulle. In fact, our 3″ tulle is one of our featured products for our “New Product” Challenge. Want more information on how you can win a $50.00, $30.00, or a $20.00 gift certificate to The Ribbon Retreat? Click here, read the post, make your project, and link up your project for a chance to win one of three gift certificates. Hurry, you only have 4 days left. 🙂
Back to the bows…Let’s get started…
First, I am going to show you how to make a this super cute tulle hair bow. I used two different colors of the 3″ tulle on this cute little bow.
1. Grab your first color of tulle. Start with about 4-6 inches. Hold the tulle in both hands and start layering your tulle with loops at the ends. Keep layering your tulle until you have your desired amount of tulle. The more layers you loop, the bigger the bow. I layered my tulle about 6 times. Cut end.
2. Pinch all of your layers with hands on both sides of center. Here you are going to tie a bow. Do not pull tight. Set aside.
3. Repeat step 1 with second color of tulle. However, start with about 3-5 inches of tulle.
4. Underneath the loose knot of your first tulle bow, slip your unknotted tulle (or 2nd color of tulle) underneath the loose knot. Pull as tight as you can.
5. Cut all of your loops on your bow. The bow may look very uneven and not very pretty. This is ok.
6. Grad a single or double prong clip or an alligator clip and slid it through the back of the bow. You can add a little hot glue if your clip is loose or to secure it better.
7. Trim all of your layers of tulle down to your desired length and separate tulle to desired fullness. I trimmed mine down a lot so it would be little for my little sweetie’s head. Clip bow to a head band and enjoy!
Yeah! All Smiles…I promise she smiles, just not in any of my blog pictures! 🙂
For this bow, I used the same technique as above, but I only used one color of tulle and added a small knot using saddle stitch ribbon. I also kept my ends much longer than I did the orange and purple bow from above. Either way you do it…it is perfectly adorable. And look, yeah…a smile! 🙂
Do you have decor laying around your house that could use a little dress up and pizzazz? Grab it…let’s make more bows!
I love fresh flowers. I have the cutest husband ever, who always brings me home fresh flowers to put on our table. He brought these beautiful and bright daises home the other day and my vase was just way to boring for these bright beauties. So….I thought tulle and dressed that boring vase right up. Here is how I did it…
1. Using both the 6″ and 3″ tulle, layer the tulle on each other. Wrap the layered tulle around the back of your vase. Tie a knot and then a bow. Pull both tight. Make sure your loops are big and tails are long.
2. Grab the loops and tie another bow. Now using the tails, make another bow on top of your other bows. Pull tight. You can continue to grab loops and tie bows depending on how full you want your bow. I only created two bows total on this particular one.
3. Cut all of your loops and arrange to your desired look. However, I didn’t think it was full enough, so I grabbed more tulle and repeated steps 1-3 again, right on top of the first bows I made.
WAAAA-LAAAW! You are done and that boring old vase now looks FABulous and all tulled out! 🙂
I used this same technique to also dress up a cute little basket I put plastic eggs in for Easter and a big glass bowl I put glittery balls in for Christmas! I also used tulle to beautify all of my Christmas presents this year. The presents looked amazing and so pretty!
With tulle the possibilities are endless. I love tulle. It is such a great way to decorate and you can’t beat the price!
I hope you give these simple tulle bows a try and tulle-ify your house! Have a wonderful day & as always…