How to make the perfect bow for gift wrapping and home decor.
Hello friends! I am so happy you are here today. I’ll be sharing my trick for making perfect bows every time along with my secret weapon – a DIY Bow Maker. With a few simple supplies and tools you can make what I’ve been using to create perfect bows for every occasion. At the end of this post there’s a great giveaway PLUS a list of all of the other bHomer’s who are participating in this week’s Christmas Hop.
First things first – let’s start with the
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2 x 4 wood scrap at least 17 inches long
- If your wood scrap is larger than 17 inches long cut to size.
- Find the center lengthwise of the wood (8.5 inches) and mark a straight line down the center, top to bottom.
- Mark 1.25 inches down from the top and up from the bottom.
- Using your 3/8 inch drill bit start drilling at the marks you just made inward (the point you marked will be the outermost side of the drill hole).
- Drill two holes the same depth but DO NOT go all the way through the wood.
- Make sure your dowels fit snugly into these holes. If they don’t, you can add some wood glue to keep them in place.
- Mark one inch increments from the center point outward for a total of 8 inches to the right and left of center.
- Start with a good quality ribbon. I prefer to work with 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.
The DIY Ribbon Maker can be used to make so many ribbon variations and I’ll be sharing a new ribbon with you every few weeks. I hope you like the tutorial. If you don’t want to make your own DIY Ribbon Maker you can always just use a ruler and your fingers to make a ribbon the same way. I just find it more convenient to use the ribbon maker – it’s a somewhat hands-free method.