Don't spend a ton of money on large bows to decorate wreaths, church pews for a wedding, the top of a Christmas tree, or a big bouquet of flowers. Learn to make your own florist bows that will take you less than an hour to put together once you get the hang of it. Then you can make those big decorative bows in any ribbon you want, giving you much more control over your decor.
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Things you need
- 1 1/2-inch-wide ribbon
- 26-gauge wire
- Wire snips
Unravel some ribbon from the spool. Don't cut the ribbon from the spool until your bow in complete.
Cut a 6-inch length of 26-gauge wire with your wire snips and set it aside.
Take a length of ribbon as long as you want the tails of your bow to be. Pinch the ribbon at the top of that length; this will be the centre of your bow.
Create loops with your ribbon, starting small, about an inch high, and gradually making them bigger. Pinch the loops between the same two fingers you are pinching the top of the ribbon tail with. Create as many loops as you would like--the more loops you create the fuller the bow will be.
Make your last loops as big as you want the radius of your bow to be. So, if you want your bow to be 12 inches wide, your last loops should be 6 inches long. The longer loops go under the shorter loops.
Wrap your 6-inch length of wire around the centre of your bow, where you are pinching the ribbon with your fingers. Wrap the ribbon around two times and then twist the ends together tightly.
Fan the loops of your bow out. The smaller loops will stick almost straight up, especially if your bow is really full.
Pull the tail of the ribbon that is still attached to the spool down so it hangs next to the other tail. Cut that tail to the same length as the first.
Fold each tail in half lengthwise, one at a time, and trim the tails at a 45-degree angle up from the open edge of the folded ribbon toward the folded edge. Your ribbon tails will now have two points on their outer edges.
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