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Making your own bows is a great way to adorn wrapped gifts, gift bags, and more. For that finishing touch that's a little more special, learn how to make a decorative bow with multiple loops, resulting in a big, puffy, almost floral bow that's sure to grab everyone's attention. It's easy and fun, you just need to follow a few simple steps.
You can experiment with leftover ribbon or create your own ribbon from fabric. Practice it a few times and you'll be a master at bow making and can even have a stash of pretty bows on hand for last-minute gift-giving. Once you have perfected the technique, you can switch to a very wide ribbon and make a decorative bow large enough for a car or another big gift.
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- Two yards or more of 1-inch (or wider) ribbon
- 15 to 20 inches of craft wire (24 gauge or thinner)
- Craft scissors
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The First Twists
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- Leave a reasonable length tail of ribbon—around four inches, depending on the size of your finished bow.
- Place the beginning of the bow between your thumb and index finger, keeping the right side of the ribbon up (toward you).
- Twist the ribbon, keeping the twist between the thumb and index finger.
- Twist again so the right side of the ribbon faces up on both sides of the twist.
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The First Loop
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- Bend the ribbon to create the first loop, bringing the end of the first loop between your index and middle fingers.
- Place the twist under the first double twist that is between your thumb and index finger.
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- Repeat the second step, alternating between the sides of the bow. Gradually make each loop longer than the previous loop.
- Create a minimum of three loops on each side of the bow. More loops may be created, but it will get difficult to hold.
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- Slide the center of the wire under your thumb, on top of the ribbon twists.
- Pull the ends of the wire to the bottom of the bow.
- Tightly twist the wire to hold the ribbon twists in place.
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Finish the Bow
- Hold the wire and "puff" the loops to place them where you want them and create a full bow.
- Trim the tail ends at an angle.
Use the wire to attach the ribbon to a package or wherever you want it to be. These look great on flower arrangements and decorative baskets. You can also add the bow to clothing, whether it be on a belt or as a small embellishment for a cute scarf or hat. With a thin ribbon, it's fun to make bows to be placed on pins or barrettes, too. The possibilities are endless, so just start twisting!