Learn how to make a bow with wired ribbon for wreaths, your Christmas tree, or anywhere in your home this holiday season. Then use your new skills to create beautiful bows all year long.
Every since ribbon with a wired edge came on the scene making bows has been a cinch. And nothing dresses up a wreath, gift, or Christmas tree more than a simple bow.
Years ago one of the women in my ladies' group showed me how to make bows and I've been making them like this ever since. If you're not used to making bows I hope this post will show you just how easy it is. I've even attempted to make a video for this one.
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Supplies You'll Need
- A Spool of wired ribbon - approximately 7 feet
- Wire - 10 inches
- Pair of scissors
Making A Bow with Wired Ribbon
Here I'm using a satin ribbon. It has a shiny side and a matte side. You will need a long length of ribbon approximately 7 feet to make this DIY bow.
Start at the end and make a small center loop, gather and pinch it behind with your finger and thumb on your left hand. This will be the center of the bow.
Then twist the ribbon in the back until the shiny side is showing.
Make a loop and hold it in the back with the small loop. Then twist again and make a loop on the left about the same width as the first loop.
Continue twisting the ribbon in the back and making loops until you get three on one side and three on the other.
Then add some ribbon at the bottom for tails, folding it in half and bringing the end up to the back with the loops. Then cut the ribbon from the spool.
Thread a wire through the small loop and around all the pieces in the back. Twist tightly to secure all of the loops and the tails.
Next, cut the folded ribbon at an angle to create two tails.
Now you can fluff up the loops and tails until you like the way it looks.
Use the wire to attach the perfect bow to your Christmas wreath and hang it on your front door, or use it as a tree topper. You can make them as big or small as you want.
Today there are so many different types of ribbon. You could use burlap ribbon or the ever popular buffalo check ribbon. No matter what type of ribbon you choose I'm sure you'll be able to make a beautiful ribbon bow for your holiday decor in no time.
How to Make a Bow with Wired Ribbon
- pair of sharp scissors
- Wire edge ribbon - approximately 7 feet
- Floral wire or a pipe cleaner - 10 inches
- Make a small loop at the beginning of the ribbon and pinch it together in the back.
- Then twist the ribbon in the back making sure the right side (shiny or printed) is showing, and make a loop.
- Keep holding and pinching the small loop and the end of the longer loop in your left hand.
- Twist the ribbon again and make a loop on the left side of the small loop just like the one on the right.
- Continue making loops on the right and then the left until you have six loops. Three on the right side and three on the left side.
- Next, bring some ribbon down the middle for tails and fold it before bringing it up with all the other loops in the center.
- Now you can cut the ribbon from the spool.
- Thread a piece of wire through the small loop encasing all the loops and the end of the ribbon in the back. Twist the ribbon tightly.
- Cut the folded ribbon below on an angle to form two tails.
- Play around with the loops until you get the look that you like.
- Tie the bow onto a wreath, tree, or a wrapped gift, and enjoy.