Tip: Forget Ribbon and Make Outdoor Bows From Metal

Tip: Forget Ribbon and Make Outdoor Bows From Metal

Sarah Rae Smith
Nov 29, 2010

Although spicing up your outside areas can be a nice touch, ribbons and other ornamental creations can get a little soggy when it comes to rain, sleet and snow. So forget the typical and think outside the box with a little plumber's strapping tape that'll last from year to year!

Although some parts of the country are blessed with wonderful weather through the holiday months, many places just aren't so lucky. Instead of wondering if your bows and decorations will last outside (no one wants to waste money), try switching things up with a little plumber's strapping tape. Not sure what that is?

This is what it looks like and you've probably seen it at the hardware store (or at least walked past it) a hundred times. Although this piece is just simple copper, it comes in thin steel as well. Don't worry about what it's made from: no matter what its metal type, it will coat up nicely with a little low-VOC acrylic paint (spray paint is the easiest). The best part is that it's inexpensive, especially when bought in bulk!

If you're new to making bows in this style, check out Southern Living which has a few tips on the snipping, bending and twisting things into the right shape. You can strap them straight to a tree, or use a tie to keep them in place all around your exterior. Best of all, they can easily hang in a garage or get boxed up without much thought or concern about getting squashed during the storage months.

Do you decorate the outside of your home? Share your favorite decorating tip in the comments below!

(Image: Southern Living, Plumber's Stock)

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