How to Tie Bows for Gift Baskets

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Whatever the occasion, whether it is Christmas, a 50th birthday surprise party or the retirement party of a cherished coworker, a gift basket is always a much appreciated gift. Gift baskets are also a great gift idea, as you can pick up prepackaged gift baskets in most department stores. You can even add your own trimmings to the basket for a more unique arrangement and lasting impression.

Things You'll Need

  • Gift basket
  • Material for bow
  • Small piece of thin wire
  • Determine where the bow will go on your gift basket. Most gift baskets are wrapped in cellophane or tissue paper. Baskets wrapped in these or similar materials work well with bows tied around the top in order to hold the wrapping more securely in place. Other gift baskets are intended to be presented as they are without extra covering. Baskets such as these can accommodate bows wherever you'd like to place, as they are purely intended for aesthetics.

  • Choose the material for your bow. Keep in mind that while most bows are traditionally tied with ribbon, other materials can also be used. These include raffia, fabric or even narrow strips of fabric. Whatever material you choose, just be sure that the colors are complementary to the color scheme of the gift basket.

  • Tie a traditional bow. Use the material to tie a bow in the same way you would tie laces on your shoe. Fluff the material and tug at the loops and ends until the bow is the style and size you desire.

  • Loop a small piece of wire through the center loop on the backside of the bow. The wire should slide through easily without altering the bow in any way. Twist the wire once or twice to be sure it is firmly attached to the wire.

  • Attach the bow to your gift basket by tying it to the basket with the wire. Snip any excess wire so that the ends do not show.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use multiple pieces of ribbon or other material in the same bow to create a larger and more interesting arrangement.
  • You may find it more comfortable to wear gloves when working with wire.

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