How to Make a Bow

Learn How to Make a Bow

Learning how to make a bow is a useful skill for any crafter to have. In addition to their obvious use for decorating gifts, bows can be used to decorate floral wreaths, hand sewn pillows, greeting cards, and scrapbook layouts. Handmade ribbon bows can even be attached to inexpensive hair clips to make a cute accessory for a young girl.

Step 1

To make a bow, first cut three lengths of ribbon. Each ribbon should be between 1 and 1 ½ inches longer than the last, depending upon how big you want your bow to be.

Step 2

Staple each ribbon together to make a loop, overlapping the ends slightly.

Step 3

Stack the ribbon loops from largest to smallest, then staple the entire pile together.

Step 4

Cut a small length of ribbon to wrap over the center staple. Adhere the ribbon using a hot glue gun or scrapbooking glue dots.

Step 5

The last step in learning how to make a bow is to cut two small strips of ribbon. Make a notch at one end of each strip. Glue the strips to the back of the bow to make a tail.

For more great craft project ideas, check out the LoveToKnow Crafts article Easy and Cheap Crafts: Interview with Kathy Peterson.

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How to Make a Bow