Are y'all thawing out? I'm not! It didn't get warn enough here today. It like I have an ice skating rink around my house and down the street...hence why I've been inside in sleep pants all day!
Before I get into the meat of this post, I gotta fuss! Did you notice my title of this entry? Thrifty. Yeah. Thrifty = Cheap. Some people are so offended by the word cheap. I am NOT one of those people! As long as I am saving money, who cares?! Stepping off my soapbox....
Okay....for the REAL reason I posted...I FINALLY took down my tree today. We have been so busy and I have never left it up this long before BUT it was VERY pretty! :) Anyway, my niece was helping me and said, "Aunt Joy, I love the bow and tiara on the top of your tree." She was amazed when I told her I made it myself....for around $1.10! She immediately said, "You have to take a pic and put it on your blog!" I love that girl!
Now, I am NOT a bow maker....as a matter of fact, I normally fail miserably when I try. I went to Dollar General and bought 2 rolls of mostly pink ribbon w/ a little blue trim....sparkly, of course! It also had flexible wire in it. They were $1 each. I figured if I messed the ribbon up or got mad and threw it away, I was only out a couple of bucks. I left the store having NO CLUE how I was even going to approach this task!
To make a long story short, the only material I purchased was the ribbon to make the bow. I used one whole roll and make several large loops....think puffy. I then twisted the middle. I didn't know if that was going to be strong enough to hold it so I had a moment of genius (Hahahah)...I had just bought a bag of ice from Smithfield's Chicken and BBQ (more on my ice addiction later) and I was about to throw the tie away that kept the bag close. I used the tie to give the bow some extra insurance and wrapped about a 12 in piece of the second spool of ribbon around the middle for 2 reasons: To hide the twisty part/bread tie and to keep the bow together. I left the streamers longer so they could flow down my tree. Sure beats $20 for a bow! Grant you, it's not as big or a full or as pretty, but I LIKE it! :)
If I can do this, anyone can!! Tell me what you think! Again, please excuse the cell phone pic. I will find my digital one day! I also included a couple of pics of my tree so you could see how it matched. :)