How to Tie a Floral Bow Out of Ribbon

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How to Tie a Floral Bow Out of Ribbon
Use ribbon to add a decorative bow to a floral arrangement. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Put the finishing touches on a floral arrangement by tying a decorative bow from ribbon. Tying a bow is simple, and it adds style instantly to centrepieces, bouquets and corsages. When selecting the ribbon for your floral bow, coordinate the ribbon's colour to the arrangement, and choose a width and texture of ribbon that suits the flowers' level of formality and the overall size of the arrangement. Choose narrower ribbon for small corsages or single-stem bouquets. Select wider ribbon for large bouquets, wreaths or container arrangements.

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Things you need

  • Ribbon
  • Wire

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  1. 1

    Pull ribbon from the spool, but do not cut the ribbon. It is important not to cut the ribbon until you achieve the desired fullness of your bow.

  2. 2

    Form a loop with the ribbon near one end, leaving a tail as long as you'd like. The loop should be only a few inches long; you will want to make larger loops as you continue. Hold the loop in place with one of your hands, and continue to work with the free hand.

  3. 3

    Form additional loops from the ribbon on either side of the hand holding the ribbon together. Make the loops various sizes for a fuller-looking bow. Stop making loops when you have reached the desired fullness for your bow. Pull out enough extra ribbon for a second tail the same length as the first tail. Cut the ribbon.

  4. 4

    Wrap floral wire (or 26-gauge bow wire) around the centre of the bow. Make sure it is wrapped tightly and secured in place behind the bow.

  5. 5

    Fluff up the loops of the bow, moving them around until they form the desired shape and fullness. Trim the end of the tails at a diagonal or cut them into a "V" shape to avoid fraying of the ribbon.

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