How to Tie a Ribbon Around a Gift

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Gift wrapping is a real skill. But, you don't have to be Martha Stewart or have your own wrapping room to make a gift look nice. Adding a ribbon bow is a simple, inexpensive way to finish off a wrapping job. Just follow these steps.

Things You'll Need

  • wrapped gift
  • ribbon
  • cellophane tape
  • scissors

Wrapping the Ribbon

  • Cut the ribbon according the size of the gift. You will need enough ribbon to wrap around the gift twice, while leaving about 6 inches of extra ribbon at the top. Wrap the ribbon around the gift to test the length, then cut.

  • Wrap the ribbon around the box lengthwise first, making a tie on the back of the box (but not a bow), in order to change the direction of the ribbon ends.

  • Now take the ribbon ends and tie around the width of the box. Make a tie on the front of the box (but not a bow).

  • Tape down this last tie to the box.

Tying the Bow

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