How To: Create an Everyday Bow

When it comes to bows it’s great to have a couple different ones in your wrapping arsenal. This is the everyday bow: perfect for holidays, birthdays or just because. It’s simple to make if you use wire ribbon and if your ribbon is double sided. You can also embellish the bow with extra pieces such as ornaments at Christmas time. Also check out: How to make a Tiffany Bow and How to wrap a box
Step 1: Fold the ribbon in half and give yourself enough tail - this part will be the center of your bow.
 Step 2: Scrunch the ribbon together and hold with your thumb.
Step 3: Starting from where you pinched the ribbon, make a loop. If your ribbon looks different on either side, twist the ribbon over and make another loop. If your ribbon looks the same on both side, you don't need to twist the ribbon over before making your second loop. Alternate the loops on either side of the center loop
Step 4: After making two loops, insert your pointer finger in one loop and your middle finger in another. Pull both loops up to see if they are the same size. If they're not, adjust them until they are. Continue making loops in that way until you have enough. Make sure to check that all of the loops are the same size. For a full bow, make 5 - 6 loops on either side. For a more casual bow, make about 3-4 loops on either side.
Step 5: Wrap a piece of wire (3-5 inches) around the bow on either side of the center loop to secure.
Step 6: Spread out the loops and cut your tails as desired.

9 comments :

  1. I need to take note of this as I am hopeless at making bows!
    ~Anne

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  2. These are my favorite kinds of bows! Except I skip the wire step and tie it right on another piece of ribbon on the present instead.

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  3. So cute! I can never make cute bows, thank you for sharing! x

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  4. Ugh, no matter how many times I try I am just not a bow maker. LOL I love all the bows though and might attempt to wrap a few extra special presents this year:)

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  5. Loving these bow posts! I swear I have to re-teach myself every Christmas how to tie a pretty bow.

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  6. Pretty bow, and great tutorial!

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  7. This is a perfect tutorial. I could never figure out how to do them...THANK YOU.

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  8. My sister makes this bow all the time and she is a pro at it. Thanks for the tutorial because now I will have the skills ;)

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