As the holidays near, there will be many occasions that call for tying a bow. Whether you wish to tie red velvet bows for wreaths this Christmas or make them for a gift or to use as decorations, there are countless ways you can tie the bow. From the traditional shoelace tie to more elaborate, decorative bows, ribbons can make an elegant addition to any decoration.
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How to Tie a Christmas Bow
While a Christmas present with a traditional bow still looks elegant, you can kick it up a notch with a tufted rosette bow. To tie one of these, all you will need is a pair of scissors, tape, a thin ribbon and a wired ribbon, which will hold its shape better than a regular ribbon.
First, wrap the present and crisscross a ribbon around the box. Then, wrap the wire ribbon around your hand five times, making sure each loop lines up neatly with the previous one. Without cutting, lay the loop over the package to gauge the size of the bow and adjust accordingly. Once satisfied, cut the end of the ribbon from the roll. Remove your hand and fold the loop in half. Holding the ribbon so the center fold faces up, cut both corners of the center fold. Open the fold, take the second, thinner ribbon and knot it around the cut middle section so the knot faces the backside of the bow.
Once the middle is tied, fan out the bow by separating the loops one by one, pulling gently from the center and twisting toward yourself. Once the bow resembles a rosette, secure the rosette bow to the crisscrossed ribbon on the gift using the ribbon tails in the center of the rosette.
How to Tie a Wrap Bow for a Gift
If the rosette bow is not your style, opt for a more traditional wrap bow. With a ribbon of your choice, measure the length by wrapping the ribbon around the top corner. Run the ribbon under the present and bring it together on the top of the opposite corner.
Then, tie a traditional bow by forming two loops, crisscrossing them and pulling through. Secure it in place and adjust the loops so they are full and even. Once you are happy with the look, cut the ribbon tails at an angle.
How to Make Red Velvet Christmas Bows
There are many different ways you can make a large decorative bow. If you wish to tie a simple bow, you will need a 2-inch-wide velvet Christmas ribbon, scissors, florist wire and an object to secure. Instead of threading the ribbon around the wreath or whatever item to which you are tying it, tie the bow separately and then attach it to the object.
Begin by folding the ribbon back and forth to create two loops at the top and one loop in the bottom center. Being careful not to twist the ribbon, cross the top right loop over the top left and fold the loop on the left down behind the loop on the right and through the bottom loop. Then, pull the top loops tight, creating a center knot.
Once tied, attach the bow to the wreath with florist wire threaded through the back of the knot. Then, wrap the wire around the object to which you are securing the bow.