How to make chair bows

Updated November 21, 2016

Chair bows are tied around the backs of chairs at a wedding reception and/or ceremony. The bows are most often made of satin or tulle and can match any colour scheme. Chair bows are simple decorations that can make a big difference in the overall presentation of a room.

Place a chair in front of you so you are facing the back of the chair.

Pull a chair sash around the back of the chair, but keep both ends of the sash in your hands. A good trial size for a chair sash is 22.5 cm (9 inches) wide and 3 m (3 yards) long.

Make sure the two ends of the chair sash are even on both sides.

Tie a simple knot tightly around the back of the chair. The knot should be in the centre of the chair's back and facing you.

Create a large bow by making a loop at one end of the knot.

Make another loop at the other end of the knot.

Tie the two loops together in a simple knot.

Adjust each loop so that the sash ends are even in length.

Use scissors to cut excessive length off the ends.

Things You'll Need

  • Chair sashes, approximately 22.5 cm by 3 metres (9 inches by 3 yards)
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