Tying a bow on a box adds femininity and charm to a plain box. Tie a bow using a fabric or plastic ribbon in any width. Choose the ribbon for the recipient, occasion, and even as a reflection of the gift inside. For a dressier look, choose a satin ribbon; for a young, trendy look, a grosgrain ribbon or plastic ribbon with contrasting bright flowers works well. Group different ribbons together for an eclectic feeling.
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Things you need
Place the box on a table.
Fold the ribbon in half and crease the centre fold with your finger.
Place the ribbon flat and centred on the top of the box, with the crease in the centre. It doesn't matter which side of the box the ribbon is parallel to at this point.
Wrap the two ends down the parallel, opposite sides of the box to the underside of the box.
Bring the ribbons together at the centre of the bottom of the box and twist them together in one rotation.
Bring the ribbon ends up the other two faces of the square and knot the ends in the centre of the top of the box, over your crease.
Make two loops, each around 1 inch long, on the ribbon and tie the two loops in a knot, creating a bow.
Straighten the ribbon ends and trim to the desired length. If the ribbon is fabric, cut on a 45-degree angle.
Tips and warnings
- Use a wire-edged ribbon for a big, dimensional bow.