Repurposed Mini Gift Bow Ornaments

How to make quick and easy gift bow ornaments

I’m always looking to create quick and easy projects, especially at Christmastime, and these gift bow ornaments are super easy to make.

mini gift bows in various colors for repurposed ornament project

I actually found three bags of 1″ mini gift bows at the dollar store last year and didn’t do anything with them.

Fast forward to this Christmas season, and I had an idea, but when I went to my local dollar store to see if I could get more they didn’t have any.

I guess I should have bought more, but no worries, I decided to make do with what I had.

I’m not sure what kind of gifts these bows would be used for because they’re very small, but they are perfect for making gift bow ornaments.

using circle cardboard cutouts for mini wreath frames

The first mini gift bow ornaments that I’m making are wreaths, and for them I needed a frame so I cut out some little circle wreath frames from cardboard.

As is obvious by my circles, they don’t have to be perfect. lol.

Perfection is highly overrated so don’t stress it. Besides when the frames are covered no one is going to see them.

Just figure out what size you need and go for it.

Creating the gift bow ornaments

gluing miniature gift bows onto cardboard circles for diy tree ornaments

Then just hot glue the cute little gift bows onto the frame.

You can remove the little sticky pads on the bottom of the bows, or leave them on.

red, silver, and gold mini gift bow wreath ornaments

Here are my three finished mini gift bow ornaments in easy wreath shapes.

They’re super cute just like this. They could be used to decorate packages or wreaths, or whatever really.

Or you could make them into ornaments like I’m doing.

jute twine glued onto backs of wreath ornaments made from repurposed mini gift bows

When I was done adding the bows on the front I glued some jute twine on the backs for hangers, just like I did with my repurposed drinking straw tree ornaments that I shared last week.

I like the contrast of the rustic jute with the shiny little bows.

Aw, who am I kidding? I just love jute twine… on almost anything, anywhere.

Creating a mini gift bow tree ornament

using cardboard cutout for frame of mini gift bow tree ornament

When I was done my gift bow wreath ornaments I still had the green bows left, so I decided to create a tree ornament.

I cut out a cardboard tree shape, and just started gluing on the green bows.

DIY repurposed green mini gift bow Christmas tree ornament back

When I had all the green bows on the tree I realized that I needed a trunk, so I just glued a piece of cardboard onto the back.

And, of course, some more jute twine for a hanger.

DIY repurposed green mini gift bow Christmas tree ornament

And just like that I have a cute little tree. I had one left of each of the red and gold bows so I used them to finish off the tree ornament.

Finished Mini Gift Bow Ornaments

Repurposed mini gift bow tree and wreath Christmas ornaments with jute twine hangers

And here are my finished repurposed gift bow ornaments.

They probably took about 30 minutes to put together and I think they’re such fun.

You could embellish these any way you like, but I like the simple look. I’m just letting the gift bows do their colorful shiny thing.

Supplies to make mini gift bow ornaments

  • Mini gift bows in colors of your choice
  • cardboard
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun
  • hot glue sticks
  • jute twine

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Quick & easy repurposed mini gift bow tree and wreath Christmas ornaments

Thanks so much for reading and until next time,

keep on keepin’ on!


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  1. I am not a fan of metallic gift bows and never wrap gifts with them. BUT you took them to a whole new cuteness level! Adorable as sustainable bow wreath and tree ornaments that are less likely to end up in the landfill.

    1. Thanks so much Marie! You’re so right, it’s a great way to repurpose something that normally would just be thrown away.

  2. Rebecca Payne says:

    So Cute! Great idea.

  3. Great project! Gathering these up for next year with the grands!