How to Make Ribbon Bows for Gift Baskets

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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.
Baskets come in all shapes and sizes. (Image: Sara Budisantoso)

Things You’ll Need

  • Basket
  • Ribbon
  • Floral wire
  • Scissors
Gather all your materials.
Gather all your materials. (Image: Sara Budisantoso)

Step 1: Choose Your Ribbon

Choose the ribbon you would like to use for your basket.

Any type of ribbon will work for this bow.
Any type of ribbon will work for this bow. (Image: Sara Budisantoso)

Step 2: Cut the Floral Wire

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

Cut floral wire using sharp scissors.
Cut floral wire using sharp scissors. (Image: Sara Budisantoso)

Step 3: Measure the Ribbon for the Bow

Measure your ribbon to the desired length, keeping in mind how big or small you want your bow.

Keep in mind basket size when measuring the ribbon.
Keep in mind basket size when measuring the ribbon. (Image: Sara Budisantoso)

Step 4: Make the Loop

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

Make the first loop for your bow.
Make the first loop for your bow. (Image: Sara Budisantoso)

Step 5: Twist the Ribbon and Make a Loop

Make another loop and pinch together with your index finger and thumb.

It now looks like a bow.
It now looks like a bow. (Image: Sara Budisantoso)

Step 6: Repeat the Loops

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

The more loops, the bigger the bow.
The more loops, the bigger the bow. (Image: Sara Budisantoso)

Step 7: Wrap the Floral Wire

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.

The wire helps attach the bow to your basket.
The wire helps attach the bow to your basket. (Image: Sara Budisantoso)

Step 8: Cut the Bow Tail

Cut your arranged ribbon from the spool at a diagonal for a finished bow.

The tail can be as long as you want.
The tail can be as long as you want. (Image: Sara Budisantoso)

Step 9: Attach the Bow to the Basket

Attach your bow by sticking the wire through the basket.

Your gift basket if ready to fill.
Your gift basket if ready to fill. (Image: Sara Budisantoso)

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