How to make wedding car bows

Written by sophie schmeidler
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How to make wedding car bows
A decorative bow shows onlookers that the bride is on her way. (ganz in weiss image by romy mitterlechner from

Car, bicycle, rickshaw or horse -- however you decide to get to your wedding, mark your transport with a beautiful, plump bow. It's cheap and easy to make. You'll just need a bit of ribbon from a craft shop, or even some scraps left over from other projects, and a little bit of time to yourself away from the rush and bustle of organising a wedding. With you clearly marked out as a bride-very-nearly-to-be, you might just find the traffic clears a path before you.

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Things you need

  • Ribbon, approximately 4 m (4 yards) long and 3.8 cm (1 1/2) inch wide
  • Twist tie
  • Scissors

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  1. 1

    Fold a segment of ribbon to create a loop about 22.5 cm (9 inches) long.

  2. 2

    Holding the loop loosely in one hand, continue to wind the ribbon around with the other hand, completing 18 to 20 turns.

  3. 3

    Fold the thick loop of ribbon in half. At the closed end, cut a V shape, taking care not to sever the ribbon completely.

  4. 4

    Open the ribbon up like a book so you have two "bunny ears" at either side and two wide V shapes cut into the middle section, creating a narrow segment.

  5. 5

    Tie your twist tie around the narrow segment. You can now let go of the ribbon and the tie will hold your folds securely in place.

  6. 6

    Pull out the first bow loop from the inside of the ribbon. Tug it toward you, and puff it out.

  7. 7

    Pull the next loop out from the inside of the ribbon, but this time tug it so it moves away from you.

  8. 8

    Keep pulling until you have separated out all the loops, alternating toward you and away from you. Puff out all the loops; you have now finished your bow.

  9. 9

    Attach the bow to the bonnet of your wedding vehicle using the twist tie. Use any leftover ribbon to make addition tails.

Tips and warnings

  • If you have lots of short lengths of leftover ribbon from other craft projects, create a bow by stacking individual loops inside each other rather than making several loops from one length of ribbon. This way, you can make unique, multicoloured bows.

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