How to Make a Bow Out of Ribbon 

Fashioning a sizable, elegant bow is surprisingly easy when you follow these simple steps. This step-by-step tutorial will guide you through the process, ensuring that you can consistently make perfect bows out of ribbon.

How to Make a Bow Out of Ribbon 
How to Make a Bow Out of Ribbon

We’ve broken down the procedure into several smaller steps to make it as clear as possible, so don’t be daunted by the instructions. Once you become accustomed to the technique, you’ll find yourself creating these stunning bows in mere moments.

With a little practice and patience, you’ll soon have a lovely collection of professionally crafted bows at your disposal for various decorative purposes. So, let’s dive into the details and get started on your journey to becoming a bow-making pro!

How to make a bow out of ribbon 

Crafting a large, attractive bow is easier than you might think. With this straightforward, step-by-step guide, you’ll master the art of making perfect bows every time. We’ve broken the process into smaller, manageable steps to ensure it’s not overwhelming, so don’t fret when you first read the instructions. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll be creating beautiful bows in no time!

Materials You Need to Have Make a Bow Out of Ribbon: 

  • Ribbon: You can use wired ribbon or regular ribbon for this project.
  • Pipe cleaners: Go for a colour that matches your ribbon since these will be hidden.
  • Hot glue gun or another adhesive.
  • Hot glue gun or another adhesive.
  • Scissors.

Steps to Make a Bow Out of Ribbon

  • Start by forming a small loop at the end of the ribbon. This loop will serve as the centre of your bow, so keep it relatively small. Secure it with a small dab of hot glue (or use a bit of duct tape if you prefer a quicker method).
  • Throughout the process, use your left (non-dominant) hand to pinch the middle of this loop and let your right hand handle the rest of the work.
  • If your ribbon has a design on only one side, like the one I’m using, remember to twist the ribbon around the back each time you create a new loop. This ensures that the design always faces outward. Keep your left-hand pinch at this point.
  • After twisting the ribbon around the back of your centre loop, create a larger loop for one side of the bow, adjusting the size to your liking. Return to your centre loop, twist the ribbon around the back so that the pattern side is facing outward, and create an equally sized loop on the other side.
  • Repeat this process until you achieve the desired number of loops on each side. Feel free to make it as big and full as you prefer. For the bow in this tutorial, I created a total of four loops on each side.
  • Once you’ve reached your desired size, use a pipe cleaner to tightly wrap around all the loops and secure the backside of the centre loop.
  • Shape your bow to your liking by fluffing it up.
  • To create the tail of the bow, cut a separate strip of ribbon, fold it in half, and secure it to the centre loop using tape or hot glue.
  • Use the tail ends of the pipe cleaner to attach the bow to your wreath or other project (you can adjust the length of the pipe cleaner as needed).

At first, the instructions might seem a bit confusing, but once you have the ribbon in your hands and start creating, you’ll find it’s quite simple. If you use this technique for a project, I’d love to see what you come up with! It’s always enjoyable to see the various unique variations people create.

The Bottom Line 

Don’t be intimidated by the prospect of making a beautiful, eye-catching bow. This step-by-step guide breaks down the process into manageable steps, making it accessible for everyone. With a few materials and a little practice, you’ll soon be creating flawless bows to adorn your wreaths, gifts, or other projects.

So, give it a try and let your creativity shine. I look forward to seeing the wonderful variations you come up with using this bow-making technique. Happy crafting!



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