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Make a bow

Posted by  ·  December 11, 2012  ·  Last Updated: May 12, 2019

Let me show you how to make a bow! It is really is simple! With just a few steps you will be able to create beautiful bows for all your gift wrapping.

If you need cute gift tags for your gifts  I have some cute ones for every occasion. You can also use this simple technique for making hair bows.

This method works for just about any type of ribbon. I love using satin ribbons for packages.

Satin or grosgrain ribbon works great for packages and hair. Anything that is smaller! Go for stiffer ribbons to make larger bows.

Step by Step How to Make a Bow Out of Ribbon

I generally work from the spool of ribbon so I don’t need to cut a long piece of ribbon and possibly not cut enough. However, if you want to start with a piece of ribbon and it ends up being too short, it is easy to add in more ribbon by starting again and adding in more loops.

Hold the ribbon in one hand and let’s get started.

  1. Working from the spool of ribbon make a loop at the end (like a bunny ear).
  2. Bring the ribbon around and make another loop on the other side, pinching in the middle.
  3. Continue making loops alternating sides until the bow is the size and fullness you like. I do about six loops.
  4. Hold the loops of the bow and wrap a twist tie or piece of wire around the middle and secure in the back. Cut the bow from the spool of ribbon.

Tie a piece of ribbon around the package leaving a tail to attach the bow.

Trim the twist tie on the back. Be sure to use old scissors or wire cutters so you don’t damage the blade of good scissors.

Place the bow on the package and tightly tie it to the package with the tails of the ribbon you tied around the package. Finish off by loosely making a knot on the center of the bow.


I love ribbon without a wired edge for packages and hair.  Wired ribbon works great for wreaths where you need something larger. The wire helps the bow hold its shape. This burlap wreath can be made for any season or holiday. Just vary the colors.

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  1. Cheryl
    Thursday, April 11th, 2019
    Would have loved to see a video clip of this.
  2. Kellie
    Monday, October 24th, 2016
    Hi, I have tried make this bow several times and with different ribbon, I just can't seem to figure it out. I love make wreaths, but I have got to learn how to make a bow. My husband teases about having a new wreath for each day for our front door. Is it possible for you to record a clip to show the loop, twist and loop again? I am just so confused. Thanks and your wreath is amazing.
    • Cindy
      Sunday, May 12th, 2019
      Kellie, I am working on a video.
  3. Laura
    Tuesday, December 11th, 2012
    This is just what I needed for my holiday wrapping. Thank you!! The bow is gorgeous.