Originally made from the leaves of Madagascar palm trees, raffia is a straw-like material that can be purchased from any hobby and craft store. Raffia is commonly used as ribbons and can be purchased in large, inexpensive bundles. If you're looking for an eye-catching way to gift wrap a present or add a natural touch your home, consider tying the raffia ribbons into bows.
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Place one--or more--raffia ribbon strand across the palm of your hand.
Center the strand so the approximate middle of the raffia ribbon is in the middle of your palm.
Wrap the bottom end of the raffia ribbon around your hand multiple times. The bottom end should be wrapped around the bottom of your hand, up the back of your hand and back down your palm. Do this until you have about 8 inches of the ribbon end remaining.
Wrap the top end of the raffia ribbon around your hand but the opposite way. The top end should be wrapped down the back of your hand and up the palm of you hand until about 8 inches of the ribbon end remain. This will form the raffia into a large loop.
Slide the looped raffia off of you hand. Wrap one end of the raffia ribbon around the middle of the looped raffia several times.
Wrap the second end of the raffia around the middle of looped raffia but in the opposite direction as the first ribbon end. Tie the two ends together into a tight knot. The perfectly tied raffia ribbon is now formed.
Pull the raffia's bow loops apart to create a fanned look. To create streamers of the ribbon ends, split the ends into several pieces using your fingernail.
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