How to Make a Simple Bow

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A simple bow is fun, easy and will embellish any gift or craft.

Dress up a wooden box with a beautiful bow.
Dress up a wooden box with a beautiful bow. (Image: Sara Budisantoso)

Things You'll Need

• Ribbon • Scissors

Wire ribbon can also be used to create the bow.
Wire ribbon can also be used to create the bow. (Image: Sara Budisantoso)

Step 1: Choose Your Ribbon

Choose the ribbon. Any size—thin or thick—works well for this bow.

Choose ribbon size based on your specific project.
Choose ribbon size based on your specific project. (Image: Sara Budisantoso)

Step 2: Cut the Ribbon

Cut the ribbon to the desired length for the gift or craft.

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

Step 3: Cross the Ribbon and the Loop

Lay the ribbon flat on a hard surface and hold each end. Make an X shape and run one corner of the ribbon through the opening of the loop.

Cross the ribbon and then loop it.
Cross the ribbon and then loop it. (Image: Sara Budisantoso)

Step 4: Tie a Knot

Pull your corners together to make a knot.

Pull the ends of the ribbon to tighten the knot.
Pull the ends of the ribbon to tighten the knot. (Image: Sara Budisantoso)

Step 5: Make Two Loops

Make a loop with each side of the ribbon.

The loops with look like rabbit ears.
The loops with look like rabbit ears. (Image: Sara Budisantoso)

Step 6: Cross the Loops

Cross your loops to make an X shape.

The loops now look like an X.
The loops now look like an X. (Image: Sara Budisantoso)

Step 7: Pull the Loop and Form the Bow

Run one of the loops through the opening and pull it through gently to form your bow.

Pull loop and form bow
Pull loop and form bow (Image: Sara Budisantoso)

Step 8: Straighten and Cut the Ends of the Bow

Straighten the bow and cut the ends to desired length.

The bow is ready for your craft or gift.
The bow is ready for your craft or gift. (Image: Sara Budisantoso)

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