How to Hang Pew Bows

by Contributing Writer ; Updated September 28, 2017

Items you will need

  • Colored elastic
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Rubber bands
  • Ribbon
  • Craft wire

You've gotten all the decorations ready for your wedding or other special occasion and now you're ready to decorate the church and hang pew bows. There are many different ways to do it. Here are some ideas that can work for any level of creativity and any budget.

Step 1

Use elastic. Buy some colored elastic at your local craft shop. Using a hot glue gun, glue the bow to the elastic and secure it. Many people choose brown elastic so that it will blend in with the wood of the pew.

Step 2

Use large rubber bands. These are not as attractive, however, you can wrap the rubber bands in ribbon once in place. Again, using the hot glue gun, secure your bow to the band.

Step 3

Use ribbon. Purchase some pretty ribbon from your craft store and tie it around the entire end of the pew. Secure your bow to the ribbon using hot glue.

Step 4

Use craft wire or pipe cleaners. Wrap your wire or pipe cleaner around the backside of your bow. Twist it so that it hangs over the pew.

Step 5

Buy clips. Many craft stores sell clips specifically designed for pew bows. These can be easily made yourself by using one of the methods above.


  • Try using different colored ribbon or different colored bows to designate the pews in which family members will sit.


  • Many churches will ask that you do not use clips or wire so that you don't damage the pews. The ribbon, elastic or rubber band method would be good choices in this instance.