Making a bow for a wreath

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Making a bow for a wreath
Making a bow for a wreath
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An important part of making a beautiful wreath is adding a bow. A bow can be the perfect accent for a holiday wreath, a seasonal wreath, or a regular wreath. You can make a voluminous wreath with a lot of loops, or you can use burlap fabric to create a floppy bow that has a more rustic look. Whatever you choose, with few materials and a little practice you can already make the perfect bow for your wreath.

Steps

Method 1 of 3: Making a voluminous bow from iron wire ribbon

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Step 1. Cut a 10- to 15-centimeter piece of floral wire

Set it aside in a place where you can easily find it later. You will use this piece of wire to hold the entire bow together.

If you don't have floral wire, you can also use a pipe cleaner

Step 2. Unroll the wire-reinforced ribbon, take one end and make a small circle with it

To make a voluminous bow, use at least 2.5 meters of ribbon. The longer the ribbon, the more voluminous the bow. At the end of the ribbon, make a circle about eight inches wide.

  • If you're in the store and unsure if a ribbon is wire-reinforced, just grab a section of it and pinch it together. If the ribbon continues to hold its shape, it has iron wire in it.
  • As you work, keep in mind that you should stop when you have about a foot of ribbon left.
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Step 3. Squeeze the end of the circle with your non-dominant hand

Where the end of the ribbon meets the rest of the ribbon, pinch the hem and hold it between the fingers of your non-dominant hand. This way you can make the rest of the bow with your dominant hand.

You will use your non-dominant hand to hold the ribbon together the entire time while making the bow

Step 4. Make a figure eight by making loops on both sides of the circle

Make a loop on one side of the circle, pinch the ribbon in the middle, then make a loop on the other side of the circle to make a figure eight. Continue to hold the ribbon in the center with your fingers where the pieces meet.

If you look at the bow from the side, it should look like the number eight

Step 5. Keep making increasing loops in the shape of figure eights

Make at least five or six layers of loops. If you use a lot of fabric, you can even make nine or ten layers. Remember to hold the material together in the middle by holding it between your fingers.

At this stage, you will have layers with loops instead of loops pointing in all directions. The bow may look a bit odd, but don't worry. You're doing well

Step 6. Stop making loops when you have about 12 inches of fabric left

Grab the end of the ribbon and hold it between the fingers of your non-dominant hand so that you have a large circle.

With this 30 centimeter ribbon you make the ends of the bow that are both about 15 centimeters long

Step 7. Wrap the piece of floral wire around the pieces of ribbon you hold between your fingers

Pull the floral wire tight and twist the ends several times to secure it. You can now let go of the bundle of dust that has been holding you all along.

If you're using a pipe cleaner, follow the same process: wrap the pipe cleaner around the fabric between your fingers and twist the ends together so everything stays put

Step 8. Cut through the middle of the last large loop you made to make the ends of the bow

Cut through the center of the fabric and watch the pieces fall and form the ends of the bow. You can even cut small triangles from the ends to give your bow some extra flair.

If you want longer ends, stop making loops earlier so that you have more fabric at the end. If you want shorter ends, you can just cut them to the desired length

Step 9. Shape the bow by sliding the loops

Pull the loops apart until you have a large, voluminous, full bow. Make sure to pull the loops up and down and do your best to make sure there are no gaps between the bows for you to see through.

The great thing about using wire-reinforced ribbon is that you can easily reshape the loops if they bend

Method 2 of 3: Making a bow from a ribbon without wire

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Step 1. Cut a piece of floral wire from 10 to 15 centimeters

Set it aside in a place where you can easily find it later. You will use this piece of wire to hold the entire bow together when it is finished.

If you don't have floral wire, you can also use a pipe cleaner

Step 2. Take the ribbon and twist it around at the end

Use at least two feet of ribbon for this bow. Twist the ribbon around at the end, leaving about 6 inches for one of the ends.

If you are using a ribbon that has a pattern on only one side, make sure the pattern or color side is on the outside when you twist the ribbon

Step 3. Make several loops and twist the fabric at the end of each loop

Hold the bow with your non-dominant hand and use your dominant hand to make the loops and turn the fabric around. How big you make the loops depends on how big you want to make the bow. Make smaller loops for a more compact bow and larger loops for a larger, more voluminous bow.

With this loop you do not make a pattern of figure eights. Instead, make the loops side by side one at a time

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Step 4. Stop making loops when you have an even number of loops

Make a total of six to ten loops, or more if you want to make a very large bow.

With an even number of loops you make a symmetrical bow

Step 5. Cut the bow from the rest of the ribbon

Cut the ribbon so that the ends are about the same length. If you're worried the ends won't be the same length, cut a little more ribbon so you can compare and trim the ends later.

It is okay if the cut edge is not completely straight. You can update this later

Step 6. Wrap the floral wire around the center of the bow

Wrap the floral wire around the bow so that half of the loops are on one side and the other half on the other. Twist the ends of the floral wire several times to make sure everything stays in place.

  • Do the same if you are using a pipe cleaner.
  • You can leave the excess floral wire and use it later to secure the bow to the wreath.

Step 7. Pull the loops apart to make a voluminous bow

Pull the loops in all directions to make a full bow. Because the bow is made of a ribbon without iron wire, it may seem a bit flimsy and loose, but that's what's great about it.

You can cut small triangles from the ends if you like to give your bow some extra flair

Method 3 of 3: Making a country bow from burlap

Step 1. Cut three pieces of burlap fabric ribbon

Cut a 1.5-meter piece, a 60-centimeter piece and a 20-centimeter piece. Then cut the 20 cm piece in half lengthwise.

With these pieces you make a large country bow that hangs down from your wreath

Step 2. Hold the large piece of ribbon in the center and fold the sides down and to the side

Leave about 40 inches of fabric in the center before you begin to fold. This will be the most important part of your bow. Fold the sides down and to the side so that they intersect and are on the opposite side.

It is usually easier to do this on a flat surface such as a table so that you can lay the ribbon flat

Step 3. Fold the 60cm piece of ribbon so that the ends meet in the middle

Place the folded piece of ribbon seam side down on top and centered on the 40cm piece in the center of the largest piece of ribbon. Both pieces are now on top of each other.

This second piece of fabric will help give your bow depth by providing a second layer, rather than making a flat bow from a single layer

Step 4. Gather the fabric in the center of the ribbon pieces to make a bow shape

Gather the fabric exactly in the middle to make the two sides of your bow. Hold the fabric with your non-dominant hand.

One side of the bow should be the mirror image of the other side

Step 5. Wrap the floral wire around the center of the bow

Wrap it around the center and twist the ends several times so that the wire is secure and cannot come loose. If you don't have floral wire, you can also use a pipe cleaner.

You can trim the ends of the bow or let them stick out from the sides so that you can use them later to secure the bow to the wreath

Step 6. Cover the floral wire with the 8-inch piece of ribbon that you cut in half

Wrap it around the bow several times until you run out of ribbon. You can also wrap the other half of the 8-inch piece of ribbon around the center of the bow if you'd like.

A fun variation is to use a colored or patterned ribbon to hide the floral wire to give the bow a little more color

Step 7. Use a hot glue gun to glue the burlap fabric on the back

Flip the bow over and apply some hot glue to the piece of ribbon covering the floral wire. Using scissors, cut the pieces of burlap that stick up. Let the hot glue dry before turning the bow over again so it doesn't accidentally stick to the table.

If you don't have a hot glue gun, you can also use double-sided tape

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Step 8. Cut triangles from the ends to give your bow some extra flair

Instead of cutting the ends of the bow straight, cut triangles to give the bow a rural and authentic look.

It's okay if the triangles aren't quite the same, but try to make them about the same size

Tips

  • Search the internet for tutorials on how to make variations of these bows.
  • If you made a simple wreath, you can replace the bow monthly to give the wreath a different look without making or buying a completely new wreath.

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