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How to make wedding car bows

Updated April 17, 2017

Car, bicycle, rickshaw or horse -- however you decide to get to your wedding, mark your transport with a beautiful, plump bow. It's cheap and easy to make. You'll just need a bit of ribbon from a craft shop, or even some scraps left over from other projects, and a little bit of time to yourself away from the rush and bustle of organising a wedding. With you clearly marked out as a bride-very-nearly-to-be, you might just find the traffic clears a path before you.

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  1. Fold a segment of ribbon to create a loop about 22.5 cm (9 inches) long.

  2. Holding the loop loosely in one hand, continue to wind the ribbon around with the other hand, completing 18 to 20 turns.

  3. Fold the thick loop of ribbon in half. At the closed end, cut a V shape, taking care not to sever the ribbon completely.

  4. Open the ribbon up like a book so you have two "bunny ears" at either side and two wide V shapes cut into the middle section, creating a narrow segment.

  5. Tie your twist tie around the narrow segment. You can now let go of the ribbon and the tie will hold your folds securely in place.

  6. Pull out the first bow loop from the inside of the ribbon. Tug it toward you, and puff it out.

  7. Pull the next loop out from the inside of the ribbon, but this time tug it so it moves away from you.

  8. Keep pulling until you have separated out all the loops, alternating toward you and away from you. Puff out all the loops; you have now finished your bow.

  9. Attach the bow to the bonnet of your wedding vehicle using the twist tie. Use any leftover ribbon to make addition tails.

  10. Tip

    If you have lots of short lengths of leftover ribbon from other craft projects, create a bow by stacking individual loops inside each other rather than making several loops from one length of ribbon. This way, you can make unique, multicoloured bows.

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Things You'll Need

  • Ribbon, approximately 4 m (4 yards) long and 3.8 cm (1 1/2) inch wide
  • Twist tie
  • Scissors

About the Author

Sophie Schmeidler has been a journalist since 2004, writing about food, arts and crafts, computers and the Internet, and the environment. She has been published in The Ecologist, The Insight magazine, and 3 Weeks. Schmeidler holds a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from the University of Surrey and a diploma in journalism from the London School of Journalism.

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