How to Make Bows With the E-Z Bow Maker

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How to Make Bows With the E-Z Bow Maker
Make your own bows using the E-Z Bow Maker. (Brand X Pictures/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

When making bows, an extra hand would be helpful. An E-Z Bow Maker provides that hand. Make large or small bows with the E-Z Bow Maker for a variety of decorative needs. The bow maker is a board with two vertical dowels standing in the centre. The dowels are the extra hand that will hold the form of the bow as it is built. The board has a ruler printed along its length, which eliminates the need for a measuring tool.

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Things you need

  • Craft wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors

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  1. 1

    Cut a 12-inch length of craft wire using wire cutters. Place the wire between the dowels on the E-Z Bow Maker with an equal amount extending from each side. This is to tie your bow together and will not be needed until the bow has been constructed.

  2. 2

    Place your ribbon, with the correct side facing up, between the dowels. The distance from the left end of the ribbon to the dowels will be the length of your streamers.

  3. 3

    Twist the ribbon a half-turn at the dowel on the right side. The ribbon on the right will be wrong-side up.

  4. 4

    Measure from the dowel twice the length of your desired loops. Bring the ribbon back to the dowels and slip it in between. The fold has created the loop and is now facing right-side up.

  5. 5

    Twist the ribbon a half-turn at the dowel on the left side. The ribbon on the left will be wrong-side up.

  6. 6

    Continue bringing the ribbon back to and between the dowels, alternating right and left, and making a half-turn at the dowel on the opposite side, until the bow has the desired number of loops on each side. If you would like the layers of your bow to taper upward, gradually decrease the size of each new pair of loops.

  7. 7

    Push down the layers of ribbon between the dowels. Bring the ends of the wire around the ribbon, cinch tightly and twist to secure.

  8. 8

    Fan out each loop to shape the bow. Remove the bow from the bow maker. Cut the ribbon end the same length as your beginning streamer.

Tips and warnings

  • The length of ribbon needed will depend on the size of the bow, width and texture of the ribbon, and the desired number of loops.
  • A variety of ribbons can be used for one bow. Cut and add a new layer of ribbon loops when desired.

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