How to Make Ribbon Bows for Gift Baskets

No gift basket is complete without a beautiful bow. Tied up with a lovely bow, your recipient will be even more excited to see what's inside.

Baskets come in all shapes and sizes.
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Things You’ll Need

Gather all your materials.
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  • Basket
  • Ribbon
  • Floral wire
  • Scissors

Step 1: Choose Your Ribbon

Any type of ribbon will work for this bow.
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Choose the ribbon you would like to use for your basket.

Step 2: Cut the Floral Wire

Cut floral wire using sharp scissors.
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Cut a small piece of floral wire and set aside. This will be used later to hold your bow in place.

Step 3: Measure the Ribbon for the Bow

Keep in mind basket size when measuring the ribbon.
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Measure your ribbon to the desired length, keeping in mind how big or small you want your bow.

Step 4: Make the Loop

Make the first loop for your bow.
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Take the ribbon and pinch a loop together with your index finger and thumb. Leave some ribbon to make a tail.

Step 5: Twist the Ribbon and Make a Loop

It now looks like a bow.
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Make another loop and pinch together with your index finger and thumb.

Step 6: Repeat the Loops

The more loops, the bigger the bow.
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Repeat step 5 four more times to make a minimum of six loops. The more loops you make the larger your bow will be.

Step 7: Wrap the Floral Wire

The wire helps attach the bow to your basket.
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Take the floral wire you cut earlier and wrap it around the center of your bow. Twist it together tight to hold the bow in place.

Step 8: Cut the Bow Tail

The tail can be as long as you want.
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Cut your arranged ribbon from the spool at a diagonal for a finished bow.

Step 9: Attach the Bow to the Basket

Your gift basket if ready to fill.
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Attach your bow by sticking the wire through the basket.

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