How to make a bow for a funeral wreath with wireless ribbons

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How to make a bow for a funeral wreath with wireless ribbons
A ribbon bow may have tails cascading across the wreath centre. (Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

A satin-like wireless ribbon bow adds a finishing touch to a funeral wreath. The large bow is set into the ring or form next to the flowers. Ribbon tails give space for a tribute to the deceased. You can hand write 'Beloved Grandmother" or "In Deepest Sympathy" on the longest ribbon tail with a glitter glue pen.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • 5 yards to 8 yards wireless ribbon
  • Wired stick
  • Sewing shears
  • Corsage pin

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  1. 1

    Choose floral ribbon that blends well with the fresh or silk flowers you are using to create the wreath form. The ribbon should be 1 1/2 inches to 4 inches wide.

  2. 2

    Unfurl 3 feet to 4 feet of ribbon from the spool. Lie the spool down onto the work surface next to you.

  3. 3

    Pinch the piece of ribbon 2 feet to 3 feet from the end and hold it in your free hand between your thumb and two adjoining fingers. Form a 5-inch long loop and gather it in your fingers with the pinched portion of ribbon.

  4. 4

    Twist the ribbon and form a second 5-inch loop on the opposite side of the first one. Pinch and secure the ribbon with your fingers.

  5. 5

    Form two to four more loops for the bow. Hold the wired stick top against the centre of the back of the bow.

  6. 6

    Wrap the wire around the pinched centre of the bow tightly. Continue wrapping it two more times. Wrap the remainder of the wire around the stick. Use sewing shears to cut the ribbon from the spool, leaving a 5-inch tail. Cut both ends of the ribbon on a slant.

  7. 7

    Insert the stick into the wreath. Drape the ribbon tail across the centre of the wreath and secure it to the side of the form with a corsage pin.

Tips and warnings

  • Write the message on a 3-foot-long tail of ribbon using a glitter glue pen and allow it to dry thoroughly before adding it to the wreath. It can be secured with a second wired stick. You can also write a message along the tail of the bow after the wreath is assembled.

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