How to Make Large Decorative Bows

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Large decorative bows always create a bold statement. Use them on wreaths, plants or as decor in your home.

Dress up a potted plant with a large bow.
Dress up a potted plant with a large bow. (Image: Sara Budisantoso)

Things You'll Need

  • Ribbon
  • Small scrap ribbon
  • Scissors
Wire ribbon can be used to create the bow.
Wire ribbon can be used to create the bow. (Image: Sara Budisantoso)

Step 1: Choose the Ribbon

Select your ribbon. Any type of ribbon works when making large bows, such as fabric, wire, organza or mesh.

Most types of ribbon work for this bow.
Most types of ribbon work for this bow. (Image: Sara Budisantoso)

Step 2: Cut the Ribbon

From the spool, cut the ribbon to your desired length and then cut a smaller piece of ribbon to hold the bow together. Or you can use scrap ribbon of the same color. Set the small piece of ribbon aside.

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

Step 3: Lay the Ribbon Flat on a Surface

Take your cut ribbon and lay it flat on a hard surface. Make an X shape with your ribbon.

The ribbon will create an X.
The ribbon will create an X. (Image: Sara Budisantoso)

Step 4: Pinch the Ribbon

With your hands, pinch the ribbon in the center to form bow.

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

Step 5: Fasten the Small Ribbon

Take the small piece of ribbon and tie it around the pinched part of the bow. Tie it tightly together in the back. Cut the tails of your ribbon to your desired length.

The piece of ribbon can match or be contrasting.
The piece of ribbon can match or be contrasting. (Image: Sara Budisantoso)

Step 6: Smooth and Fluff the Bow

Smooth and fluff until you have the perfect decorative bow.

Your bow is complete.
Your bow is complete. (Image: Sara Budisantoso)

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