How to Tie a Bow Like a Pro

2 Materials
$6
5 Minutes
Easy

Do you love the way those beautiful full bows looks but don’t have any idea how to make them? Here you go.
The first bow we’re going to make is made with ribbon that is two sided which means it’s the same on each side. It also has wire.
Step 1: Begin by making a loop (red) to the right then make another loop (blue) to the left. Make sure the loops are the same size.
Step 2: Continue to make loops on each side. My bow has 4 loops on each side. You can add as many loops as you like. The more loops, the fuller the bow.
Step 3: Bend a pipe cleaner over the middle of the bow and twist.
Step 4: Make a smaller loop in the middle. Bring the pipe cleaner through the small loop and twist close.
Step 5: Pull the loops to form a full bow, munipulating them as you need to.
Step 6: Tape the the pipe cleaner ends to your gift.
The next bow we’ll make is one sided and has wire.
Step 1: Begin by holding your ribbon with the right side down.
Step 2: Make a loop to the right so the right side is up.
Step 3: Holding the middle with your thumb, twist the ribbon so the back is facing up.
Step 4: Make a loop to the left so the right side is up.
Step 5: Run the ribbon to the middle and hold with your thumb.
Step 6: Continue to make loops, twisting the ribbon in the middle. Make as many loops as you like. I made four on each side.
Step 6: Continue to make loops, twisting the ribbon in the middle. Make as many loops as you like. I made four on each side.
Step 7: With your thumb holding the middle, make a smaller loop in the middle.
Step 8: Thread a pipe cleaner through the middle and twist the pipe cleaner in the back of the bow.
Step 9: Fluff the bow.
Step 10: Tape the pipe cleaner ends to the package.
The third bow is made with one sided ribbon without wire.
Step 1: Wrap the ribbon around your gift with the right side up.

Step 2: Bring the top ribbon under and around the bottom ribbon.
Step 3: Using the ribbon to the right, make a loop.
Step 4: Bring the ribbon on the left around the loop and pull through.
Step 5: Twist the ribbon so the right side is up.
Step 6: Pull the ribbon so the loops are the same size.

I hope these steps help you make the perfect ribbons for all of your gifts.
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1 question
  • Cheryl
    Cheryl
    on Dec 9, 2018

    How long a piece of ribbon do you start with?

    • Barb in Texas
      Barb in Texas
      on Dec 9, 2018

      That depends entirely on how big a bow you need. I suggest you use the ribbon straight off the spool and cut when you're done.

    • Cheryl
      Cheryl
      on Dec 10, 2018

      Thank you so much for that suggestion ... I'm going to use it!!!!

    • Bubbles
      Bubbles
      on Jan 2, 2019

      For short tails, 3-4 yds. For fuller and longer tails add more...

      Your width of ribbon helps determine your size of bow.

      Hope this explains a method.

    • Dixie
      Dixie
      on Dec 17, 2019

      Any 2-1/2" x 3 yard spool will make a very nice bow with a little left over. That is what's normally sold at the $1 Store. Depending of the size of the package, it might also go around it once.

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  • TERESA FORST
    TERESA FORST
    on Dec 17, 2019

    Not a question, but Love your Scottie paper! We have 5 Scotties at home.


    Merry Christmas

  • Linda
    Linda
    on Dec 24, 2019

    Yes I will try this

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