Bows are incredibly diverse decorative accents that can be used for a variety of purposes. Besides dressing up gift packages, bows are also great for adding color and visual interest to Christmas trees and other holiday décor.
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A wire ribbon bow is especially fun to create because it holds its form very easily. When you see very fancy bows with multiple large loops on gift packages, they are almost always made with wire ribbon. Whether you’re a crafting guru or you have two left thumbs, you will be surprised at how easy it can be to make your own beautiful wire ribbon bows. Here are some simple step-by-step instructions that will guide you through the process of creating gorgeous, homemade Christmas bows that will impress your friends and family this year.
Here is a great video by Cooking and Crafting that can assist with the bow creation.
1. Gather your supplies
You only need a few supplies in order to create a wire ribbon bow:
- Heavy-duty scissors
- Florist wire
- Wired ribbon
The wider your ribbon, the bigger your bow will be.
2. Measure and Cut
Measure and cut your ribbon to three yards of length. This may seem like a lot of ribbon, but you will be surprised at how quickly it gets used up when you begin forming large, eye-catching loops.
3. Form Your First Loop
Hold one end of the ribbon in your hand and form a loop about the size of a golf ball. Hold the loop in place with your fingers positioned on the outside and your thumb positioned on the inside. Make sure the attractive side of the ribbon is facing the outside. This will be the center loop of your ribbon.
4. Twist the Ribbon
To ensure that the right side of your ribbon is always visible, take hold of the ribbon on the back side of your loop and twist it 180 degrees. Hold the loop and the twisted portion of the ribbon firmly between your thumb and fingers.
5. Form Your Second and Third Loops
Form a second loop right next to the first loop, but make it slightly bigger. Bring the remaining strand of ribbon to the back of the first loop and hold it in place. Twist the ribbon once again so that the pretty side continues to face outward as you make another loop on the other side of the first loop. Return the remaining portion of ribbon to the back of the first loop and hold it in place. You should now have two large loops on either side of a smaller middle loop.
6. Continue Making Loops
Continue making loops on both sides of your middle loop until you have five stacked loops on each side. With your remaining ribbon, create one final loop that is much bigger than the others. This loop will eventually become the tails of your ribbon.
7. Secure With Florist Wire
Cut a piece of florist wire to a length of 9-10 inches, then stick it through your center bow loop and fold both sides downward. Grab hold of the wire “legs” right beneath the bow fabric and maintain a secure grip on them while you twist the bow. Keep twisting until the wire is wound up tight enough to hold the various layers of the bow securely in place. Attempting to twist the wire itself during this step will not make your bow tight enough, so it is important to twist the bow in order to tighten the wire.
8. Shape the Bow
This is where the process gets really fun, because you can see your bow start to take shape. Grab hold of the various loops one at a time (starting with the top loops and moving downward). Pull the loops to the left and right so that they start to form the shape of a full, fancy bow. You may need to use some force in order to get the loops to go where you want them.
9. Fluff the Bow
Once you have arranged the loops to your preferences, take some time to fluff each one individually until they are all full and fluffy rather than flat and limp.
10. Cut Ribbon Tails
Remember that final, large loop you created during step 6? Cut it directly down the middle to form the tails of your bow. If the tails are too long, cut them to your desired length. Make your tails fancy by cutting the ends with a swallow tail cut (like the top of a triangle), or cutting them at a slant.
11. Display Your Ribbon
Now that you have successfully created a beautiful, fancy Christmas ribbon, it is time to show it off. You can use the remaining portions of your floral wire to attach your bow to the neck of a wine bottle, or use tape to secure it to the top of a beautifully-wrapped gift.
It may take a lot of time to create your first fancy Christmas bow, but you will get quicker with practice, and your friends and family are guaranteed to be impressed with the end result!