How to Make Trees from Repurposed Gift Bows
Repurposed gift bow trees are a perfect way to add some Christmas cheer to any table, dresser, or just about anywhere really.
When I was a little girl I loved gift bows. I’d make them into bracelets, and necklaces (sort of like Christmas leis). Or I glued them onto long ribbon to hang on the tree, or in my room.
Now that I’m all grown up I still love them, but not necessarily for putting on gifts.
Gift bows come in all different sizes and colors and are so much fun to work with, at any age.
Today, I’m keeping the gift bow ball rolling, by sharing how to make some quick and easy repurposed gift bow trees.
These gift bows are about 2 inches across, give or take, and I got them in bags of 12 for $1 at a local dollar store. Three of each color in each bag.
To make my repurposed gift bow trees, I’m using styrofoam tree cones that I got at a thrift store.
I pick these up whenever I see them, usually for 25 or 50 cents, but they can also be found at most dollar stores.
Making Repurposed Gift Bow Trees
With my hot glue gun I just started gluing on the gift bows.
TIP: Remove the sticky paper thingies at the bottom of the bows. They really just get in the way, and they won’t stick onto the styrofoam long-term.
For my first repurposed gift bow tree I’m using a 9 1/2 inch tree cone, and I decided to do rows of green, gold, and red.
I just kept adding bows, nice and snug against each other.
The 2 inch gift bows are perfect for this project because they fit nicely all the way up the tree cone.
With bigger bows the top area would be a problem.
I just kept going until I made my way all the way up the tree cone.
For a tree topper I added one of the red bows. Little stars would be nice, but I didn’t have any, and I’m all about using what I have.
Making Variations of Repurposed Gift Bow Trees
You could also throw caution to the Christmas wind and randomly mix the gift bows like I did here, using at 12 inch tree cone.
I can’t decide which one I like more, but I do know that I love all the Christmassy colors and sparkle.
If you’re not into mixed color trees, you could use just one color of gift bow for a big lovely splash of holiday sparkle… like my 8 inch gold tree.
The possibilities are really endless for these repurposed gift bow trees.
No matter what your Christmas decor color theme, I’m sure there are some gift bows out there just waiting for you to repurpose them into some fun and festive trees.
Supplies needed for to create repurposed gift bow trees
- 2 inch gift bows in color(s) of choice
- styrofoam tree cones
- hot glue gun
- glue sticks
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I used about 150 bows to create the 3 trees, and it took me about an hour.
So, when I add in the cost of the 3 styrofoam tree cones, creating these repurposed gift bow trees cost me about $15.
If you find gift bows on sale, that would decrease the cost dramatically, but I’m very happy with that cost.
Plus I have a bunch of bows left over for my Christmas stash for future projects.
I do have a non-Christmas idea that I’ve been toying with so you just might see that project after the holidays.
Thanks so much for reading and until next time,