A bright Christmas ribbon makes a present more magical. Avoid paying for expensive bows by making your own. Even a rookie can tie bows with a little practice. Use a variety of ribbons widths and colors to match your packages. Gift recipients will use your Christmas bows year after year, if they are stored properly. Make ribbons for medium and large packages in just a few steps. Besides packages, add a festive Christmas ribbon to a front door wreath or topiary.
Things You'll Need
- 2 yards of 1-inch wide red velvet ribbon
- Floral wire
- Wire cutters
Cut the ribbon into two separate yards.
Place the package upside down on a flat surface. Center one of the yards of ribbon over the surface facing you.
Flip the package over keeping the ribbon in place. Twist the ribbon vertically. Bring the ends together at the center of the package.
Clip the excess from the ribbon. Tape the ribbon in place.
Cut a 6-inch piece of wire from the floral wire roll using wire cutters. Set it aside.
Fold the ribbon in your hand; keep the pretty side facing you. You will fold the ribbon accordion style. The ribbon needs to be 6 inches from the end to the top of the loop. Make each ribbon loop this same length. This gives the bow a uniform look.
Clip the tail of the ribbon by cutting a “V” out of it.
Turn the ribbon a quarter turn and add another loop in equal size. Cinch the two loops at their center.
Turn the ribbon another quarter turn and add another ribbon loop of equal size. Do this until the bow is fluffy. Six to eight loops is good for a nice bow.
Wrap the wire around the center of the bow you formed. Twist the wire together and clip away the excess. Clip the ribbon from the roll. Cut a “V” into the end.
Cut another 8-inch section from the ribbon. Wrap it around the center of the bow to hide the wire. Knot and clip the excess away. Fluff the bow. Add tape to the bottom of the bow and place it on the package.
Tips & Warnings
- Use floral wire to attach the bows to a garland or topiary.