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The Definitive Guide to Perfect Bow Making

How to make a bow from regular ribbon or wired ribbon. Great for wreaths, gifts, baskets, and more. Video tutorial included.
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Overhead view of red ribbon - how to make a bow tutorial and video
15 mins
Total Time:15 mins


  • DIY Bow Maker OR Purchased Bow Maker 


  • Start with a good quality ribbon.  I prefer to work with a wired-edge ribbon but that isn't necessary.
  • Cut a length of florist's wire approximately 12 inches in length and place between the dowels.
  • Leave about an 8" tail on one side of the ribbon. Place ribbon between dowels pinching and twisting at the center point.
  • Make a loop to the 5" mark, turn the ribbon back toward the center, pinching and twisting at the dowels.  Continue doing this 6 times total on each side.
  • After you have 6 loops on each side make a 1 to 1.5" small loop for the center of the ribbon.
  • Push the ribbon tightly down between the dowels, grab your wire and loop tightly around the top of the ribbon.
  • Slide the bow out from between the dowels and secure the wire around the back of the bow.
  • Start fluffing each loop until your bow is to your liking.


Author: Mary Beth