Quick & Easy DIY Repurposed Gift Bow Trees

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.

This season, I’ve already shared some repurposed gift bow ornaments, and a repurposed gift bow wreath.

Today, I’m keeping the gift bow ball rolling, by sharing how to make some quick and easy repurposed gift bow trees.

Small gift bows in different colors for 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.

styrofoam tree form and colored gift bows

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

gluing rows of green and gold repurposed gift bows onto styrofoam tree form

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.

adding row of red repurposed gift bows onto styrofoam tree form with hot glue gun

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.

adding more rows of gift bows onto styrofoam tree form with hot glue gun

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.

DIY Christmas tree made from gold, green, and red repurposed gift bows layered in rows

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

Multi-color DIY Christmas tree made from red, gold, green, and silver repurposed gift bows 2

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.

DIY repurposed gift bow trees

I can’t decide which one I like more, but I do know that I love all the Christmassy colors and sparkle.

DIY Christmas tree made from gold repurposed gift bows

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.

Quick and easy DIY repurposed gift bows trees

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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How to create quick & easy DIY repurposed gift bow trees to add to your Christmas decor

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,

keep on keepin’ on!


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  1. Amy Davis says:

    Oh I love it! You are amazing! I know these are very simple and easy crafts to do but I just would never think of them! Thank you for sharing! I have 2 little grand-babies running around and another on the way, due the first of January so these cute and very festive crafts are what makes my days and holidays Merry and Bright and so super easy to make and decorate around my tiny RV home! Merry Christmas and Happy New Years!

  2. Rebecca Payne says:

    Thank you for sharing. Merry Christmas.

  3. Very chistmas-y!I liked the more planned tress.the best. How about a silver and blue tree?Depending on the color assortment. Love your bright spirit. Have a Blessed Christmas and a much better New Year.

    1. Thanks Charleen! Blue and silver would be lovely. Merry Christmas and a much better New Year to you too. 🙂

  4. Nancy Findley says:

    Happy holidays Tuula !! Thank you so much for sharing all your creative ideas through out 2020. All your positive input in your blog have helped me a lot. Thank you!!

  5. Thank You for sharing!! ” MERRY CHRISTMAS”

  6. Debra Hubbs says:

    Thank you for sharing all your creations. Was always a nice break from the reality of this very bleak year reading your posts. Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a happy & healthy 2021. Looking forward to a new year of your creativity.

    1. Thank you so much Debra! Merry Christmas and a happy & healthy 2021 to you too. 🙂

  7. Amy Davis says:

    Pretty and simple! I like this! I was at work one night and saw this cute Christmas decoration on this lady’s desk. So I told my husband I can do something similar to this and came home and got a metal clothes hanger and twisted it in the shape of a Christmas tree and since I didn’t have the exact same thing she had, I compromised and came up with my own unique homemade Christmas tree! Another person had this small round pin (like you pin to your shirt) and it had a Santa hat on top, so I came home and made my own Santa hat out of cardboard decorated them and going to hang them up like a garland. I want to do candy canes too like the Santa hats!