How to Make a Gift Bow

A gift bow dresses up any gift.
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A beautiful bow adds style and flair to any present. It almost doesn't matter what is inside the box because the bow for the gift is so pretty.

Things You’ll Need

Wire ribbon can be used to make the bow.
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• Ribbon • Scissors • Wrapped gift box

Step 1: Choose the Ribbon

Choose the ribbon based on the size of your gift.
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Select your ribbon. Wider, thicker ribbon works best for a more dramatic bow.

Step: 2: Cut the Ribbon

Use sharp scissors to cut the ribbon.
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Place your ribbon around the gift box and measure equally on both sides. Cut the ribbon using your scissors.

Step 1: Tie the Ribbon

The knot will help secure the bow.
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Tie a knot with your cut ribbon.

Step 2: Fold the Ribbon Into an Accordion

Hold the ribbon securely with your fingers.
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Cut a new piece ribbon to the desired length and fold it like an accordion.

Step 3: Cut Diagonal Slits

Cut diagonal slits into the ribbon.
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Now that your ribbon is folded into an accordion shape, hold the middle and cut diagonal slits on either side of your ribbon.

Step 4: Fasten the Bow

Tie the ribbon to the gift box.
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Fasten your newly cut ribbon to the gift box and tie down with the excess ribbon from step 1.

Step 5: Secure the Bow

Fluff up the ribbon to complete the bow.
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Secure your bow with another knot and fluff up your ribbon for effect. You can cut off any excess ribbon to your liking.

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