How to make the bows to decorate chair backs for weddings

Updated February 21, 2017

Dress up the chairs at your wedding to make them become part of the decorations. Adding a bow to the back of your wedding chairs makes them much more than a piece of furniture, whether you choose to stick with simple white covers or add a touch of colour. The colour, material and style of bows should complement the colours, theme and style of your wedding.

Select the material and colour for your chair bows. Organza or tulle are common materials. Alternate between two different colours or choose a colour that contrasts with the chair cover to incorporate two of your wedding colours.

Measure the material and cut it into the length you need. Determine the length you want by making a single bow in the size you like, then cutting the rest to the same size. Start with 6 feet, then make it longer or shorter to accommodate your needs.

Wrap the material around the chair so the centre piece of the material is flat on the side your guest's back will rest against and you have the ends of the material on the outside of the chair.

Tie a bow as you would tie your shoelaces. Adjust the bow until it's the size you like.

Add any embellishments you want, such as a flower with its stem pushed through the knot of the bow.


Consider tying a knot instead of a bow if you want something more simple.


Tying bows on all of your chairs can be time-consuming. Enlist the help of trusted friends or family members who can help you tie the bows the way you want them.

Things You'll Need

  • Material
  • Scissors
  • Embellishments (optional)
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Janece Bass is a freelance writer specializing in weddings, family, health, parenting, relationships, dating, decorating, travel, music and sports. She has been writing for more than 15 years and has numerous published pieces on various websites and blogs. Bass has also ghostwritten various fiction-based novels.