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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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