Learn how to make a bow for wreaths, gifts, Christmas tree toppers, and more. Wreaths are a good idea for decorating your front door.
A gorgeous handmade bow adds a nice touch to your wreath. There are many different ways to make a ribbon bow; however, this one is the easiest. These are perfect for decorating wreaths, Christmas gifts, Christmas trees, lanterns, and more.
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What Supplies Do I Need
I adore making bows; however, I remember my first few failed attempts at making them. Since then, I have learned to create many different types of ribbon bows. Additionally, I enjoy sharing my favorite ways to make a bow; you can find more bow tutorials in my ultimate bow-making guide.
Selecting ribbon is the best part of bow making. There are a ton of different types of ribbons. However, my favorite ribbon to make a bow is wired since it makes shaping bows super easy. The wire also helps the ribbon bow to maintain the shape of both the loops and tails.
I prefer using a wider ribbon such as 2 1/2 inches for wreath bows. However, my favorite ribbon for my DIY bows is a wired burlap ribbon.
Zip Tie and Wire
After you “tie” your bow, you will need a zip-tie or a piece of floral wire to hold your bow together. You can also use a chenille stem or pipe cleaner to cinch and hold it together. I like to use a chenille stem that matches the ribbon. Therefore, I keep a variety of colors on hand.
Wire Cutters and Scissors
How to Make a Bow out of Ribbon
- To make this simple bow, I used a 2 1/2 inch wide wired ribbon. The first step is to determine the size of bow you would like to make. Once you know the size, you will make a loop with the ribbon, then loop your ribbon around the first loop two more times. Be sure to start and stop the ribbon circles a little before the center starts and a little after to finish.
Note: The number of loops on each side will be equivalent to the amount of ribbon “circles” you make. In other words, if you make three ribbon circles of ribbon, you will have three loops on each side of your bow.
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2. Cut the ribbon off just about an inch past the center.
3. To form the streamer or tails, fold a piece of ribbon in half just a little longer than your desired final length and cut the ribbon.
4. To form the bow, pinch the center of the three circles of ribbon.
5. Next, pinch the center of your stream tail and hold it on the pinched loops’ center bottom.
6. Use a zip tie (the one I used) around the center of the bow’s loops. Be sure to pull it tight before trimming off the zip tie with your wirecutter (this one is my favorite). Please note: if you want to attach the bow to a wreath with wire or a chenille stem, place it on the back of your bow and then zip tie the bow and chenille stem together.
7. The center ribbon knot is simple to make. Cut a piece of ribbon, then make a knot in the center of your ribbon. Use the tails of your ribbon knot to tie it around the center of the bow. Note: you can use another ribbon or the same ribbon for the center knot.
8. You can tie the knotted ribbon around the center of the bow and leave the tails long enough to attach the bow to a wreath, as a lantern bow, Christmas tree bow, swag bow, or gift wrapping bow. You can also use hot glue or floral wire to attach the bow.
9. To fluff the bow, I start with the inside left loop and pull it to the bottom, and then I grab the loop on the opposite side and do the same thing. I leave the loop on top as the center loop and pull out from the top, always leaving the center’s top loop. However, you may like to arrange them the opposite either way is gorgeous.
10. Now, your wreath bow is ready to be attached to your wreath form. If you added a wire or chenille stem to the zip tie, you could wire the bow to your wreath. However, you can use a hot glue gun and glue it to your wreath, or you can pin it in place.
Learning how to make the perfect bow only takes a few minutes and no special tools!
These gorgeous bows all have a farmhouse-inspired vibe with the buffalo check or burlap ribbon. However, if you use a satin ribbon to make this bow, it will look elegant.
I used black and white buffalo check ribbon for this DIY ribbon bow. The ribbon choice is perfect for all-year use.
Burlap wired ribbon bows are the most popular since they are lovely for wreaths, weddings, gifts, crafting, and decorating.
Wired Edge Ribbon Wreath Bow
You can make this bow with a grosgrain ribbon for a hair bow or a wide ribbon for decorating.
I made this handmade wood slice wreath from a fallen tree in my yard. I like the wood slices’ rustic farmhouse look, and I enjoy buffalo check ribbon, so combining these two elements was a must.
Making a Bow
Multi Ribbon Bow
Fall is my favorite time of year, and to celebrate, I like to create a gorgeous new bow for my fall wreath. In an earlier post, I shared how I made this multi Ribbon bow. It is an easy bow to make but looks so elegant. This bow is so gorgeous I had to use it on my Christmas wreath too.
Easy DIY Bow
You know I LOVE Goodwill shirts, pumpkins! So I took it one step further, made a door hanger with a Goodwill shirt, and added this Easy DIY Bow. This two-loop b0w with short tails is just what my door hanger needed.
This one ribbon bow has a center loop, right and left loop (add as many loops as you wish), and tails.
DIY Double Ribbon Bow Step-by-Step
The Double Ribbon Bow is gorgeous and easy to make. See how to make this bow one on my YouTube video.
Note: This one makes the perfect Christmas tree topper bow too.
Double Ribbon Bow Supplies
This bow does not require any fancy tools, just a few items you probably have on hand.
- Ribbon (red and white) and (black and white)
- Zip tie
I recommend if you are using two different ribbons that they are the same width.
Step 1. Place one ribbon on top of the other ribbon and treat them as one ribbon. Then, trim off the ends of the ribbon.
Step 2. Curl the end of the ribbons to form a center loop.
Step 3. Next, form the side loops of the bow. If you are using a one-sided ribbon, you will need to twist the ribbon for each loop.
Step 4. Form loops on each side of the center loop, going back and forth as you add the loops.
Note: You can choose to make all the side loops the same size or you can make each set of side loops a little larger. I made a total of four double-side loops and one center loop.
Step 5. To form the streamers (tails) I make a giant loop and then cut off the remaining ribbon.
Step 6. Then I pinch the center of all the loops and secure it with a zip tie.
Step 7. The next step is fluffing the bow.
Step 8. To form the chevron, cut ends for the streamers I fold the stream ribbons in half length-wise and then fold again width-wise too.
Rustic Christmas Wreath
You can make this funky, fun bow with up to eight different ribbons. It is the perfect way to use up pieces of scrap ribbon. You can see how I made this fun bow in this earlier post.
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