DIY a Poufy Decorator Style Bow

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I thought I would share how I learned to make DIY Decorator style bows in case you ever wondered how to do it yourself.
The first thing I do is cut about a 2 foot piece of wire, and fold it in half and give it a twist.
Basically to double up the wire and give it a little more strength. If you have a heavier duty wire, this wouldn't be necessary. However this floral craft wire is fairly thin.
Next I loosen up quite a bit of ribbon from the spool, (just makes it easier to work with) then I take the end and hold it and then I form a loop over it, (see how I am holding it in the next photo) to the size I want my loops to be.
Then I make another loop on the opposite side.
This ribbon has a definite right side and wrong side, so if I kept making loops like this you would see the wrong side. (or back side) So the next loop will get a simple twist of the ribbon.
To make sure the right side of the ribbon is making the loops. Then I just continue to twist and loop, gripping it in the center until I have the number of loops that I want.
I chose to go with 5 loops on each side.
Now I cut the end of my ribbon with a decent amount of length.
This will make the tails.
I then loop the tail end around and I place it into the center of my bow where I am already holding it, the next step will be securing it all in place.
I take my wire and put it around the center of my bow where I am holding it, putting both ends of the wire snug and where I can grip them with my pliers.
Then I twist the wire tightly. (but not so tight that you break the wire) :0)
It looks like this.
So I cut the big loop with my scissors. Then start working with the bow.
Pull one loop towards the front, one towards the back. Since this ribbon is wired it makes it even easier to get it just right. (If a ribbon that is not wired is used it may definitely need more loops to get a real poufy/full look)
If the wire end is long enough it can be used to secure the bow to a wreath or so on. Or simply add another piece of wire or string to attach it.
I put one on my front door wreath, as well as deck posts.
I have more photo's of the steps on my original blog post. You can see it here.
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Suggested materials:

  • Wired Ribbon   (Walmart, Michaels, Hobby Lobby, Amazon)
  • Craft or Floral Wire   (Walmart, Michaels, Hobby Lobby, Amazon)
  • Jewelry Pliers or Pliers   (Walmart, Michaels, Hobby Lobby, Amazon)
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  • Phyllis Phyllis on Dec 04, 2016
    How much ribbon does it take to make a bow??

  • Joan Hill Joan Hill on Dec 06, 2016
    Do you need to twist if using a solid color ribbon?


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