A large part of the mystery and excitement surrounding a gift comes from its presentation. A plainly wrapped present, while still appreciated, may not appear as attractive to the recipient as the one carefully packaged and decorated. Since gift-giving is about honouring and showing appreciation to the recipient, going the extra mile to embellish the gift is an important touch. With the use of a little creativity, some colourful ribbon and about 10 minutes, you can create a beautiful bow to top off that special gift for your loved one.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Wired ribbon (about 72 inches)
- Floral wire
Collect the materials and lay them out on a flat workspace. If there are small children or pets in the area, place the scissors and wire out of reach.
Fold the ribbon in half to find the centre point. Marking the middle of the ribbon will help keep the bow even on both sides.
Begin on the left side of the centre mark and form a small loop with the ribbon. Make a second loop, slightly larger, on the outside of the first one. Form the third and largest loop beside the second loop. There should be about a 6- to 8-inch tail of ribbon left on that side.
Pinch the ends of all three loops between your fingers. Use the floral wire to tightly wrap the bottoms together. Twist the wire around the loop ends five or six times to be sure they're secure. Move the remaining wire to the side but do not cut it off.
Repeat the same looping procedure on the opposite side of the bow. Secure the bow ends with the floral wire in the same fashion as before. To connect all the ribbon loops together, wrap the wire around all six ends about four times. Once the wire is pulled tight, cut off the end and hide it.
Use your fingers to twist and mould the ribbon into the desired shape. The wire on the edges of the ribbon make it pliable. Place two fingers inside each loop to make them puff out. Bend the tips of the ribbon tails to make them curl slightly.
Tips and warnings
- To prevent the ribbon ends from fraying, cut them at a slight angle instead of straight across.
- Never leave scissors or wire unattended around young children or pets.
- Be sure to trim the wire ends of the ribbon when the bow is completed. Manipulating the ribbon may cause the wire to protrude out of the ribbon and could cause injury.
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