How to Tie a Bouquet Bow

Updated March 23, 2017

An elegant ribbon is the perfect final touch to a beautiful floral bouquet. Whether creating an attractive flower arrangement for a gift or creating a gorgeous bouquet to carry down the wedding aisle, floral bows are the natural accompaniment to flowers. Ribbons are made in all shapes, sizes and colours. Two ribbon bows are especially popular choices when creating floral arrangements and bouquets -- the basic florist bow and pom-pom bow. By following a few simple steps, you will create a unique, custom look for your floral bouquet.

Measure 8 inches from the end of a 3-yard length of ribbon and pinch firmly between thumb and index finger. Ribbon width is a personal choice.

Create a 5-inch loop, starting at the 8-inch point, and pinch tightly. This will be half the size of the finished bow. Make a second 5-inch loop across from the first and pinch over the same spot. Repeat this process forming four loops on each side.

Create a centre knot by forming a small loop over the thumb. Pinch all loops together, securing at the pinched area, using floral wire. Cut a 14-inch ribbon length. Wire the middle point of the 14-inch length to the back of the floral bow creating two 7-inch bow tails. Cut the ribbon tails at a diagonal.

Form an 8-inch loop, starting at one end of a 5-yard length of ribbon. The final bow has an 8-inch diameter. If you desire a larger or smaller bow, adjust the first loop to reflect the ribbon diameter desired. Ribbon width is a personal choice.

Wrap the remaining ribbon length continuously around the initial loop until you reach the end of the ribbon end.

Flatten the bundle of loops, pushing together in the centre. Press down on one end of the loop bundle and carefully cut the end edge corners at a 45-degree angle, making sure you do not cut too close to the centre of the ribbon strips. Repeat this process on the other end of the flattened loop bundle. This creates the notches for the floral wire.

Loosen the loops slightly and rearrange them so that the notches, or V shapes, you have cut are so are now lined up together in the centre.

Wrap the ribbon loops securely in the notches at the centre, using floral wire. Pull out each ribbon loop, alternating from side to side. Twist each loop up and toward the bow centre to create the pom-pom bow.

Things You'll Need

  • Ribbon
  • Floral wire
  • Scissors
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