Anyone can make fancy bows with curling ribbon. In fact, it’s so easy that even I was able to do it!
Make a loop with the ribbon, around your hand or arm like you’re going to make a bracelet.
Make a loop with the ribbon, around your hand or arm like you’re going to make a bracelet. This will hold the bow in place while you’re working on it, and also let you adjust it easily to get the right size.
Gather the top ends of the ribbon and tie an overhand knot about 2 inches from the end. The loop should be big enough to stretch around your gift. Make sure not to pull on either side too tight, as you want it to look like a bow when you’re done!
Separate the top of your bow into two parts.
To begin, take the bow in one hand and pull the top ribbon away from it with your other hand. Separate it into two parts that are equal in length. This will make your bow look fluffy and full—just like a real pine cone!
Place your thumb between each section of the bow and pinch. You can use your other hand to help, but be careful not to pull the ribbon too tight while pinching it. A ribbon loop tool can also be used to hold onto the ribbon in order to pinch it together. Make sure you pinch with your fingers in the center, not at the ends; otherwise, you will end up with an asymmetrical bow!
Wrap the tails around the center loop.
Once you’ve completed the first loop, it’s time to make a second one. To do that, take both ends of the ribbon and wrap them around the center loop in a clockwise direction. Wrap them twice as shown:
And then once more for good measure:
Now you can see that you have two loops on either side of your bow, which will allow you to tie a knot at each end of your bow later on in this process!
Adjust your fingers so that you are pinching right on top of the center loop. This will create a clear vertical space in the center of your bow, which is crucial to its success.
With the ribbon looped around your fingers, adjust them so that you are pinching right on top of the center loop. This will create a clear vertical space in the center of your bow, which is crucial to its success.
Hold one tail in each hand, pull it down to create a curve, then cross over one another in front of your ribbon arrangement, forming an X with them (like Pacific NW style hair ribbons).
- Make sure you have the right ribbon for the job. Curling ribbon can be used to make bows in multiple styles, from simple and elegant to over-the-top and ridiculous.
- To begin your bow, hold one tail in each hand, pull it down to create a curve, then cross over one another in front of your ribbon arrangement, forming an X with them (like Pacific NW style hair ribbons).
- Pull both tails upward and curve them out at the same time so that they meet together again and form a circle around themselves like a cloud or flower petal shape (like this).
Pull these X-shaped ribbons behind, out of sight, then snip them off close to where they’ve crossed over. Tuck those ends under or cut them off if they are too long.
You can also tie a little bow at the front with the remaining ribbon (just as you would on an actual gift) for added pizzazz—and as an extra reminder of what this wrapping is all about!
Fluff and adjust until it looks good.
Once you have everything in place, fluff and adjust the bow until it looks good. If you think your bow is too small or too big, go back and try again!
If you find yourself struggling to get a nice looking bow, try using a hair dryer on low heat to give the ribbon more volume. This will help add some extra fluffiness to your finished product!
Be sure to use a mirror when making these bows so that you can see what’s happening as it happens!
Anyone can make fancy bows with curling ribbon
Curling ribbon is a great material for making bows. It’s inexpensive, easy to use and versatile, so you can make several kinds of bows in many different sizes.
The best part about curling ribbon is that you can use it for gifts or decorations—there are no rules! Here’s how:
This is a great project to do with kids, as it’s easy and fun! If you have kids who love wearing fancy bows in their hair, this could be a good way to save some money.