How to Make Bows With Mesh

Whether it's for door decoration or as a present topper, mesh is a perfectly pliable material to use when making decorative bows. With just a few supplies, you'll be able to master mesh bows in no time.

Decorate your door with this easy festive bow.
Decorate your door with this easy festive bow. (Image: Susie Delaney)

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Things You'll Need

  • 10-inch poly mesh ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Twine or wire
Poly mesh ribbon comes in a variety of colors.
Poly mesh ribbon comes in a variety of colors. (Image: Susie Delaney)

Step 1

Make a tube out of the mesh. It will be about 2 inches in diameter and will serve as the center of your bow. Fold the ribbon over itself so the tube is double layered. This will make the last step easier—your ends won't slip out.

Make a double layered tube with your ribbon.
Make a double layered tube with your ribbon. (Image: Susie Delaney)

Step 2

While holding the tube in place, pull the ribbon out a few inches and layer behind your center tube. It is about 2 inches out, depending on your preference. Wrap the end to the other side of tube to repeat this step.

Start building your bow.
Start building your bow. (Image: Susie Delaney)

Step 3

Continue step 2 until you have two loops on either side of the center tube. Bring the ribbon around the back each time. You can add more loops if you want to make the bow fuller and larger. In this version there will be five loops including the center one.

Bring the ribbon around the back to create as many loops as you like.
Bring the ribbon around the back to create as many loops as you like. (Image: Susie Delaney)

Step 4

Gather up the ribbon with your index finger and thumb. Grab the ribbon around the back of the stack you made and clasp inside the center loop. Bunch up the ribbon to prep for fastening.

Gather up your ribbon to form the bow.
Gather up your ribbon to form the bow. (Image: Susie Delaney)

Step 5

With some craft wire or twine, loop through the middle and tie securely on the back of the bow. Trim the end of the ribbon. If you want your bow to have two traditional tails, cut a second piece and attach it to the back of the bow, tucking it under the craft wire or twine knot.

Tie the twine securely on the back of bow.
Tie the twine securely on the back of bow. (Image: Susie Delaney)

Step 6

Fluff and adjust the loops on the bow. They may have become uneven in the process of tying all this mesh ribbon together. Adjust gently so you don’t pull out any of your work.

Adjust and fluff your completed ribbon.
Adjust and fluff your completed ribbon. (Image: Susie Delaney)
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