How to Make a Gift Bow

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A beautiful bow adds style and flair to any present. It almost doesn’t matter what is inside the box because the bow for the gift is so pretty.

A gift bow dresses up any gift.
A gift bow dresses up any gift. (Image: Sara Budisantoso)

Things You’ll Need

• Ribbon • Scissors • Wrapped gift box

Wire ribbon can be used to make the bow.
Wire ribbon can be used to make the bow. (Image: Sara Budisantoso)

Step 1: Choose the Ribbon

Select your ribbon. Wider, thicker ribbon works best for a more dramatic bow.

Choose the ribbon based on the size of your gift.
Choose the ribbon based on the size of your gift. (Image: Sara Budisantoso)

Step: 2: Cut the Ribbon

Place your ribbon around the gift box and measure equally on both sides. Cut the ribbon using your scissors.

Use sharp scissors to cut the ribbon.
Use sharp scissors to cut the ribbon. (Image: Sara Budisantoso)

Step 1: Tie the Ribbon

Tie a knot with your cut ribbon.

The knot will help secure the bow.
The knot will help secure the bow. (Image: Sara Budisantoso)

Step 2: Fold the Ribbon Into an Accordion

Cut a new piece ribbon to the desired length and fold it like an accordion.

Hold the ribbon securely with your fingers.
Hold the ribbon securely with your fingers. (Image: Sara Budisantoso)

Step 3: Cut Diagonal Slits

Now that your ribbon is folded into an accordion shape, hold the middle and cut diagonal slits on either side of your ribbon.

Cut diagonal slits into the ribbon.
Cut diagonal slits into the ribbon. (Image: Sara Budisantoso)

Step 4: Fasten the Bow

Fasten your newly cut ribbon to the gift box and tie down with the excess ribbon from step 1.

Tie the ribbon to the gift box.
Tie the ribbon to the gift box. (Image: Sara Budisantoso)

Step 5: Secure the Bow

Secure your bow with another knot and fluff up your ribbon for effect. You can cut off any excess ribbon to your liking.

Fluff up the ribbon to complete the bow.
Fluff up the ribbon to complete the bow. (Image: Sara Budisantoso)

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