Use Scraps of Ribbon to Create a Funky Bow

5 Minutes

This bow is easy peasy! I know you can make it too! This is my signature bow I call the "funky bow" and I developed it a few years ago when trying to help my ebook customers use all of their materials. You see, I can't stand to throw away any ribbon, even scraps. Why? Because I'm a RIBBON ADDICT! There I said it, yet again!

This technique developed when I had long strips of ribbon but there was not enough to form a full bow and certainly not enough to add to a wreath. What's a girl to do? Bam, it hit me...make a bow using all of my scraps...well not ALL of my scraps, just some. See a full video on my blog showing you how to make it.

Supplies used: strips of ribbon in various sizes and coordinating colors, Scissors, Floral wire or pipe cleaner.

Step 1 -Cut the ribbon into strips and dove tail the ends by cutting the edges in a V shape.

Step 2 - Pinch the ribbon in your fingers and form a 6"loop.

Twist the tail in the back so that the nice side of the ribbon is facing forward. Loop one is done. Loop the same thing with the next ribbon but in reverse so that the loop is facing downward and the tails are pointed upward.

Hold both loops in the same hand. Keep adding your ribbon strips in an alternating fashion with loops on top and below your fingers until all the ribbon is in your hands. Secure with a floral wire or pipe cleaner.

Step 3 - Once the ribbon is attached to your item (garland, wreath, etc.), you can move the bow tails around so that they are dispersed evenly. Full tutorial on my blog here

I hope you enjoyed this Funky Bow tutorial. For a FULL VIDEO demonstrating this technique and other bow making pictures and tutorials, head over to my blog using the link below.

Happy Wreathing, Julie

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  • Beulah Tonn Beulah Tonn on Nov 20, 2016
    this is very clever. But how do you finish the middle off so you don't see the wire?
  • Natalie Jo Merriman Natalie Jo Merriman on Nov 28, 2016
    can you actually do a video to show how to do this: I just love this bow!!!!!
  • Absolutely LOVE this bow bu do not understand the directions as written above....HELP!

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  • Joanie Joanie on Dec 22, 2017

    I love that bow, all the colors is so pretty and unique.....Merry Christmas!!

  • Martha Martha on Aug 31, 2019

    I love this bow! I will certainly try this.