How to Make Decorative Big Yellow Ribbon Bows

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While big yellow ribbon bows are often tied around trees to symbolize military support, they also look great for other occasions such as anniversary or baby shower decor.

Tie a yellow ribbon around that old oak tree.
Tie a yellow ribbon around that old oak tree. (Image: Sara Budisantoso)

Things You'll Need

  • Wired yellow ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Twist tie or thin ribbon
Gather your materials.
Gather your materials. (Image: Sara Budisantoso)

Step 1: Choose the Ribbon

Choose a yellow ribbon thick in width.

Any type of wire ribbon will work for your bow.
Any type of wire ribbon will work for your bow. (Image: Sara Budisantoso)

Step 2: Wrap the Ribbon Around Your Fingers

Wrap your ribbon around your index and middle fingers on one hand making a small loop. Make sure to hold this tight throughout the project. Do not let go!

Hold the loops tightly.
Hold the loops tightly. (Image: Sara Budisantoso)

Step 3: Make a Top Loop

Make your first loop and hold it between your index and middle fingers. If you have shiny ribbon, you will need to twist your ribbon to ensure the shiny side is showing up front.

Be sure that the shiny side of the ribbon faces outward.
Be sure that the shiny side of the ribbon faces outward. (Image: Sara Budisantoso)

Step 4: Make a Bottom Loop

Make a bottom loop holding tightly with your index and middle fingers. You will now have one top loop and one bottom loop. Make sure to hold tightly with your fingers.

Make the bottom loop for your bow.
Make the bottom loop for your bow. (Image: Sara Budisantoso)

Step 5: Make Additional Loops

Continue making at least three more loops on the top and bottom. You should have a minimum of eight small loops. Again, while making each loop, be sure to hold tightly with your fingers so your bow doesn’t fall apart.

Make a minimum of eight small loops.
Make a minimum of eight small loops. (Image: Sara Budisantoso)

Step 6: Make Additional Large Loops

Now that you have eight smaller loops, in order to make the bow larger you will need to make another set of eight larger loops. Use the same method as step 5. Start from the top, make a large loop and hold it tightly with your fingers. Now make a large loop at the bottom.

Make large loops for your bow.
Make large loops for your bow. (Image: Sara Budisantoso)

Step 7: Continue Making Large Loops

Continue making at least three more large loops on the top and bottom. You should have a minimum total of eight large loops and eight smaller loops. While making each loop, be sure to hold tightly with fingers so your bow doesn’t fall apart.

The bow is starting to take shape.
The bow is starting to take shape. (Image: Sara Budisantoso)

Step 8: Fasten the Twist Tie

Take your twist tie or thin ribbon and run through the loop wrapped around your hand and then around the 16 loops you created to make the bow. Twist the tie together to hold the ribbon into place, making sure all the loops are tightly secured before letting go.

Fasten the twist tie to secure the bow.
Fasten the twist tie to secure the bow. (Image: Sara Budisantoso)

Step 9: Cut the Ribbon

Cut your ribbon from the spool. Trim the ends of your bows to your desired look.

Cut the ribbon ends straight, diagonal or in a V.
Cut the ribbon ends straight, diagonal or in a V. (Image: Sara Budisantoso)

Step 10: Fluff the Bow

Fluff up your bow and you're good to go!

Your bow is ready to use.
Your bow is ready to use. (Image: Sara Budisantoso)

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