I thought I’d run through the process of bow making, since it’s Christmas time. We’re decking our halls with holly and adding decorative bows. Please pardon the orange, but I’m using pictures from making a bow at Halloween.
I struggled with bow-making for many years, probably trying too hard and over-complicating it.
Once you learn to make these easy bows, you won’t only be making them at Christmas but all seasons of the year.
Grab your ribbon 10″ or 12″ from the end, and make a small loop (this one was about 4″, but make yours proportionate to the size of your bow).
Holding the small loop between your thumb and finger, add a larger loop to one side, grasp it along with the small loop, then loop the same length again to the other side.
If you are using ribbon that is printed on one side, you’ll need to twist your ribbon each time you bring it to the center point. This keeps the printed side to the outside of the bow.
Repeat with another loop to each side. Leave another “tail” the same length as the beginning “tail”.
Secure with 8″ wire. Twist wire to hold ribbon and leave ends to tie the bow to your decoration or wreath. I like to use ribbon that is wired. If your ribbon has a “back” side that you don’t want to show, twist your ribbon at each loop so the back side will be inside the loops.
I hope this helps the bow-challenged (like me). Like other things, practice makes perfect. The more comfortable you get with making bows, the prettier they will look. Happy bow-making, y’all!