Christmas Tree Topper Idea (using the Messy Bow)

Need a fresh Christmas Tree topper idea? Using scrap fabric or extra ribbon along with some burlap material makes this a whimsical, non-traditional idea for a tree topper. This bow is so easy that anyone can make one to use on a Christmas tree or anywhere an added pop of color is needed. See how to create your own tree topper bow in this tutorial.

A tree-topper or tree topper is typically a decorative ornament placed at the top otherwise known as the “crown” of a Christmas tree. They are usually the last decoration to be placed on the tree and sometimes there is a special ceremony involved. I have fond memories of placing a bright, multi-colored star on the top of our Christmas tree when I was little. It was so much fun. We played music and drank hot cocoa and made an event out of decorating the tree. Adding a tree topper to a Christmas tree dates back centuries and is a fun way to personalize your tree. Ideas include an angel, star, finial, Santa, or a bow!All Things Christmas Group Cover

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what you need to make a tree topper bow

  • burlap material
  • 4-5 various choices of ribbons with at least one of them wired
  • zip tie
  • optional embellishment or bling
  • hot glue gun and glue
  • scissors

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instructions for making a christmas bow tree topper

  1. Cut the burlap and ribbons into approximately 2-4″ wide by 12-16″ long strips. The length of the ribbons will determine the size of the bow.
  2. Starting with a burlap piece, lay the ribbon strips down one by one in a criss-cross pattern varying the ribbons as you go.
  3. Taking the zip tie, wiggle it underneath the stack of ribbons until it comes out on the other side and then zip it half way.
  4. Flip the ribbon stack over and bring the zip tie around the the back to zip it tight. Trim the zip tie.
  5. Pull each ribbon strip towards the center until you have a pom pom shape for your bow.
  6. Take the stack in your hand like a bouquet and using the scissors, trim to the desired length evening up the strips.
  7. Shake out the bow to release the strings.
  8. Glue an embellishment in the center like a piece of vintage jewelry or bling.
  9. Use an extra zip tie to thread through the original zip tie to attach to the top of your tree.Christmas Tree Topper zip tie

WATCH THE video tutorial of how to make a messy bow tree topper

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Messy bow tree topper with bling

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messy bow tree topper without bling

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Christmas Tree Topper idea final close up

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what are the most popular tree topper ideas?

  • A Christmas angel is the most common tree-topper. Here are some of my favorite angel tree topper ideas!
  • A star is another popular choice for a tree topper. The star symbolizes the Star of Bethlehem that led the shepherds to the manger.
  • The snowflake is a little less traditional of a tree topper idea; but snowflakes still a popular choice.
  • Father Christmas or Santa are also popular tree-topper ideas. There are so many to choose from out there; I picked a few and put them here.
  • Finials are a beautiful way to top a Christmas tree. They come in so many shapes, colors and size. These can be plastic or blown glass. Make sure your ceiling is high enough for one of these though.

Here are a few of my favorite tree toppers below:

more ways to decorate your Christmas tree

more ideas for using bows in your Christmas decor

  1. Gorgeous Wreath for Christmas using Bows
  2. Floral Christmas Centerpiece with Bows
  3. Cute Bows Perfect for Stockings
  4. Burlap Bows for Christmas

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Christmas Tree Topper Idea

This Christmas tree topper idea is so easy that anyone can make one. See how to create your own tree topper bow in this tutorial.

Materials

  • burlap material
  • ribbons
  • zip tie
  • embellishment optional
  • hot glue

Instructions

  • Cut the burlap and ribbons into approximately 2-4" wide by 12-16" long strips. The length of the ribbons will determine the size of the bow.
  • Starting with a burlap piece, lay the ribbon strips down one by one in a criss-cross pattern varying the ribbons as you go.
  • Taking the zip tie, wiggle it underneath the stack of ribbons until it comes out on the other side and then zip it half way. 
  • Flip the ribbon stack over and bring the zip tie around the the back to zip it tight. Trim the zip tie.
  • Pull each ribbon strip towards the center until you have a pom pom shape for your bow. 
  • Take the stack in your hand like a bouquet and using the scissors, trim to the desired length evening up the strips. 
  • Shake out the bow to release the strings.
  • Glue an embellishment in the center like a piece of vintage jewelry or bling.

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    1. southerncrush says:

      Awe thank you so much! It was fun to make!

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