How to Tie a Christmas Ribbon

Updated February 21, 2017

There are thousands of Christmas ribbons on the market during the holiday season. You can use the ribbon for hair bows, tree trim, household decorations, gift trim and exterior embellishment. There are satin, silk and grosgrain ribbons for interior decor and weather-resistant materials for out of doors. You can easily tie your Christmas ribbons into beautiful bow adornments for your holiday needs.

Cut a 10-inch piece of 1 1/2-inch-wide ribbon and tie a knot in the centre for a medium size bow. Cut a 6-to-8-inch piece of 1/2-inch-wide ribbon for a small bow and 15-to-18-inch piece of 3 inches wide or more for large size bows.

Pull about two yards of ribbon from the spool. Grasp ribbon between your thumb and forefinger about 5 inches from the end for a small bow. You will hold the ribbon at 8 to 10 inches for the medium bow or 14 inches from the end for a large bow. Form a loop. This should be about 2 1/2 inches long (small), 4 to 5 inches (medium) or 6 to 8 inches long (large).

Twist ribbon and form a second loop opposite the first. Twisting keeps the right side of ribbon to the front.

Continue to twist ribbon and make loops. A small bow can be made up of six to 10 loops; medium, six to 10 loops; and up to 10 loops for a large bow.

Wrap knotted ribbon around the bow that you are holding. Make sure knot is at the centre of the front of the bow.

Tie the ends and pull tightly. Double knot to secure the bow.

Tie bows on to the items you wish to decorate. Tie a small bow on to the centre front of a medium bow in a different colour for an extra festive look.


Cut V notch on the ends of medium and large bows for a fancy edge. Bows can be fastened to a wired stick for insertion into bouquets, wreaths and plants.


Make sure to keep the bow pinched between your thumb and forefinger or it can come apart.

Things You'll Need

  • Ribbon in width and colour of choice
  • scissors
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About the Author

Suzie Faloon is a freelance writer who has written online content for various websites. As a professional crafter and floral designer, Faloon owned a florist business for nearly 25 years. She completed the Institute of Children's Literature course in 1988.