How to Make Bows for Mailboxes

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Bows can be made to decorate your mailbox for any holiday or season. The bow is also a symbol which shows that you honor a cause or are counting the days for a loved one to return home. You can make mailbox bows for any occasion. A bow is a colorful sign that let's guests know, the party is here. You can make bows in a series of sizes for your mailbox.

Things You'll Need

  • 3 to 4 yards of all-weather ribbon, 1/2 to 4 inches wide scissors

Tie a Bow

  • Cut a 14-inch piece of ribbon. Tie a knot in the center of the ribbon and set aside.

  • Measure about 6 inches from the end of the ribbon. Pinch the ribbon between your thumb and forefinger. Make a 3 to 4 inch long loop with the half inch wide ribbon. Make a 4 to 6 inch long loop with a 1 to 3 inch wide ribbon for a larger bow.

  • Twist ribbon and make a loop opposite the one you made first.

  • Continue making loops. Remember to twist the ribbon when moving to the opposite side of the bow for a new loop. This keeps the ribbon fabric consistent with the correct side out.

  • Hold the bow firmly in your hand. Lay the 14 inch piece of ribbon with the knot in the center of the front of the bow.

  • Turn the bow over. Pull the tails of the knotted ribbon to the center of the back of the bow.

  • Tie the 14 inch ribbon tightly. Double knot it to keep the mailbox bow firmly tied.

Tie the Bow to a Mailbox

  • Wrap a piece of the ribbon around the body of the mailbox. Tie a knot at the center bottom of the box. Tie the tails from your 14 inch piece of ribbon onto the base ribbon strip on the side of the mailbox.

  • Tie the bow on to the base ribbon at the center top of the mailbox for another choice.

  • Make a large bow from the 3 to 4 inch wide ribbon and another from the 1/2 inch wide ribbon.

  • Tie the base ribbon with the widest ribbon.

  • Tie the smaller bow to the large bows center. Tie the large bow to the base bow for an extra special mailbox bow.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use all-weather ribbon for a bow that will be on display on the mailbox for days or weeks.
  • Do not let the ribbon loops go until you finish and tie off the bow. Cut a V notch in the bow ends for a different look.

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  • Photo Credit S. Faloon 2009
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