Alicia W
Alicia W
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  • Middletown, PA

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
    on Dec 9, 2018

    How long a piece of ribbon do you start with?

    • 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
      on Dec 10, 2018

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

    • 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.

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  • Dea
    on Jan 12, 2019

    I have done this bow for years. The one thing you can do a bit differently is to use the same ribbon in place of the pipe cleaner for a fuller tail which looks great on a wreath. You can make them the same length or one set longer then the other. We did this in the florist shop all the time.

  • Dor30706569
    on Jan 30, 2019

    I will try to make these bow instructions

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