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How to Make a Christmas Bow

Cassandra is a Photographer out of Spring Lake, NC. She loves to travel, do many different crafts and really enjoys being an Army spouse!

The Christmas Bow. The one that is so fancy on the box that you don't even want to open it for fear of ruining the bow. I've gotten many of these bows and have just recently started giving these bows during Christmas time. They are easy to make and don't make a mess (minus getting some of the glitter from the glitter ribbon all over the place). All you need to make Christmas bows is the ribbon of your choice (I use wired ribbon and curling ribbon) and a pair of scissors. Everything else comes with attaching the bow to the wrapped package and most of that can be done with tape or more ribbon.

There are a lot of different kinds of Christmas bows you can make. Here's a list of some of the more popular kinds.

  • Bows used in Christmas decorations such as hanging them on trees or tying them to candle sticks.
  • Bows that are bought with ribbon that matches the wrapping paper that is being used for the gift.
  • Regular large Christmas bows used for wreaths.
  • Bows used to top off a gift.
  • Bows that have a little something extra in the center to give it a little more decoration.
  • Curly bows.
  • Large Christmas wreath bows.
  • Fun and stringy bows.

Wired Ribbon

The very first step in making a bow is to, of course, buy the ribbon. There are many places to buy ribbon. Most ribbon will come on 9 foot rolls. The BEST deal I found was at Sam's Club where I was able to buy 50 yards (150 feet) of candy cane stripped ribbon for just $10!!! All the other ribbon I have bought has been about $1.00 to $2.00 per 9 feet. There are also great deals online such as eBay or amazon and the choices of color and size are endless.

After you have purchased your ribbon the next step is to get it all organized and where you want it to work with it. Make sure you have your scissors handy because that will be the first thing you use.

When you are ready to start take all of the ribbon off of the roll, or cut a strip of ribbon to 9 foot long, and smooth it out so it's not all curled up. I have found that this length works well with most of the ribbons. I've been getting about 8 loops per side using 9 foot.

Wired Ribbon

From here on it's basically a step by step process:

  1. Cut about a 5-9 inch strip of ribbon from one end of the 9 foot piece.
  2. Find the center of the (almost) 9 foot of ribbon.
  3. Scrunch the center and TWIST.
  4. Make your first loop however large or small you want it.
  5. Scrunch the end of the loop in the center and TWIST.
  6. With the other side of the ribbon make another loop. To measure to make sure it is the same length, place a finger in each loop and pull a little to verify the length is the same.
  7. Scrunch the end of the loop in the center and TWIST.
  8. Continue alternating loops until about 6 inches or so is left at the end of each side, making sure you are TWISTING after every loop. You can leave more or less ribbon at the end, these will be cut as your tails for the bow.
  9. Use the small piece you cut at the beginning to tie a knot around the center/twisted parts of the bow you are holding. Pull tight!
  10. Cut your ends into a "V" shape by folding them in half and starting at the seamed side cut diagonal towards the wired side of the ribbon making a perfect "V".
  11. Spread out the loops of the bow to finish.

Two tone wired bow

For doing a two tone ribbon like the blue and white one below it's basically the same just with a different starting point:

  1. Cut two pieces of ribbon the same size, I did 4 1/2 foot pieces.
  2. Cut one small piece that you will set aside to tie the center with.
  3. Put the two different colored ends together, one inside the other.
  4. Scrunch the center and TWIST.
  5. Make your first loop however large or small you want it with one color of ribbon.
  6. Scrunch the end of the loop in the center and TWIST.
  7. With the other color of the ribbon make another loop on the opposite side. To measure to make sure it is the same length, place a finger in each loop and pull a little to verify the length is the same.
  8. Scrunch the end of the loop in the center and TWIST.
  9. Continue alternating loops until about 6 inches or so is left at the end of each side, making sure you are TWISTING after every loop. You can leave more or less ribbon at the end, these will be cut as your tails for the bow. When doing this you should have both colors on both sides of the bow.
  10. Use the small piece you cut at the beginning to tie a knot around the center/twisted parts of the bow you are holding. Pull tight! Here I cut the ends of this ribbon really short so I would only have two tails instead of four.
  11. Cut your ends into a "V" shape by folding them in half and starting at the seamed side cut diagonal towards the wired side of the ribbon making a perfect "V".
  12. Spread out the loops of the bow to finish making sure the colors are in different spots.

Curling Ribbon

Curly bows

Curly bows are just as easy to make. All you need is a pair of scissors, the curling ribbon and some tape to attach it to the gift box.

  1. Cut ribbon into equal lengths (I did 24 inch lengths for longer curls and a bigger bow).
  2. Tie all the cut pieces of ribbon together in the center.
  3. Use a pair of scissors to curl each strand of ribbon (being careful not to cut yourself).
  4. Once all Ribbon is curled your bow is done.

You can also make a multi color curled ribbon bow by following these steps:

  1. Take two colors of ribbon (I used red and green) and cut ribbon into smaller 12 inch equal lengths.
  2. Tie several pieces of the same color together using a knot in the center.
  3. Use a pair of scissors to curl each strand of ribbon (being careful not to cut yourself).
  4. After all strands are curled, set it aside and make another one of either the same color or a different color.
  5. Repeat the above steps for however many sections of each color you decide to make.
  6. Once all are made, hold all the centers of the sections together and tie tightly with a strip of ribbon. Can be any color used in the bow because you can either curl it's ends too or leave them straight to stick out of the curls.
  7. To attach it to a gift just use tape in the center or around a few of the curled pieces to keep it in place.

There are all kinds of different sites that have directions, pictures, and videos on how to make different bows. The following video is by Paperlillies and it shows how to make the little bows you buy in the bags for christmas presents. I actually just bought a ton of them and came home and realized I could have saved money if I would have made my own! So, enjoy the video and happy bow making season!!!!

Comments

CassyLu1981 (author) from Spring Lake, NC on December 18, 2015:

sparkleyfinger - It does come in handy! I have it pinned myself because I often find myself looking on there for things instead of HubPages LOL I sure hope you get to use these one day! It's addicting :) Thanks for stopping by, reading and the comment! Much appreciated.

Lynsey Hart from Lanarkshire on December 17, 2015:

I've pinned this hub because I know it will definitely come in handy. Thanks for sharing your tricks with us.

CassyLu1981 (author) from Spring Lake, NC on December 14, 2015:

ChitrangadaSharan, RTalloni and rebeccamealey - Thanks so much for the congrats on HOTD! I have been so out of tune with the internet these past two months I had no idea I got a Hub of the Day! Super exciting. Thanks again for the Congrats!!!

CassyLu1981 (author) from Spring Lake, NC on December 14, 2015:

Kristen - Thanks so much, I've made bows for all my packages this year since I learned how to make these Christmas bows! I'm obsessed! And thanks for the congrats on HOTD.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on December 12, 2015:

Great hub! Bows are hard to make and this is quite helpful! Thanks, and congrats!

RTalloni on December 12, 2015:

Congrats on your Hub of the Day for this bow making hub!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on December 12, 2015:

Congratulations for HOTD!

The Christmas bow looks beautiful and your instructions and pictures are helpful. Thanks for sharing this creative hub!

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on December 12, 2015:

Cassy, congrats on HOTD, since I commented on this post last month!

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on November 03, 2015:

Cassie, this was a great hub. That Christmas bow was so beautiful and easy to make. Perfect for this upcoming holiday season this year. Thanks for sharing.

CassyLu1981 (author) from Spring Lake, NC on January 03, 2015:

erorantes - glad you took a class and still found this hub useful :) I appreciate the comment! Thanks much!

Ana Maria Orantes from Miami Florida on November 08, 2014:

I like your article . You did a great job with the teaching on how to make bows. It is not an easy task. I took a class to learn how to make bows. I am happy that you are showing how to make them. In case I forget some details on how to make the bows. Many people do not know how to make them . Thank you.

CassyLu1981 (author) from Spring Lake, NC on January 09, 2014:

Celiegirl - Glad you liked it :) Hope it helped you make some great bows this past holiday season :)

Celiegirl on December 05, 2013:

thanks, inspiring!

CassyLu1981 (author) from Spring Lake, NC on November 14, 2013:

Thanks Samita :)

Glimmer: I am so glad I learned how to do these Christmas bows! So easy and fun to make :) Thanks for stopping by and the comment! Hope your bows turn out amazing!

Claudia Mitchell on November 13, 2013:

What a useful hub. I do the same old bow every year, but will be trying one or two of these this year. Thanks.

Samita Sharma from Chandigarh on October 14, 2013:

Wow i had no idea about it. revealed so much

Superposting.com on December 10, 2012:

Great hub

CassyLu1981 (author) from Spring Lake, NC on December 02, 2012:

leahlefler - I have finally started on making my bows for gifts this year. Seems like I can't keep up with all the gifts that are being given LOL I hope you get your stuff to turn out great :) Thanks for the comment!

Leah Lefler from Western New York on November 28, 2012:

I needed this hub! I make Christmas swags for our front door, and couldn't remember how to make the fancy bow that goes on the top. Great hub, CassyLu!

CassyLu1981 (author) from Spring Lake, NC on November 19, 2012:

teaches12345 - I never thought it would use the whole 9 feet of ribbon but that's what has worked best for me! Hope your boxes look incredible this year! Thanks for stopping by and the comment!

Dianna Mendez on November 18, 2012:

Cassylu, I appreciate your posting this as I need help on making bows. Your tip on making it 9 feet alone is helpful to me. Thanks for the instructions, my boxes will look much better this year.

CassyLu1981 (author) from Spring Lake, NC on November 15, 2012:

Janhorner - Thanks for the vote of confidance in my writing :) It's always good to hear when a hub is professional to someone! Thanks for reading and the votes!!! I hope your bows turn out perfect!

CassyLu1981 (author) from Spring Lake, NC on November 15, 2012:

vocalcoach - I hope yours turn out awesome! Don't forget to TWIST. It's what keeps it all perfect. Thanks for stopping by and all the votes and shares :)

CassyLu1981 (author) from Spring Lake, NC on November 15, 2012:

always exploring - I hope it helps you make those pretty bows :) Thanks for stopping by and the comment!

Janhorner on November 14, 2012:

Thanks for this just great! Have book marked because I will be having a go and see if I can at last make a bow! Voted up. You have put a lot of work into this hub and very professionally presented.

Jan

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on November 14, 2012:

Thanks so much for teaching me how to make bows. I've wanted to know how to do this forever. You have given great directions (even I can follow them:) Voted up, 5* useful, awesome, interesting and sharing!

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on November 14, 2012:

Man, if anybody needed this, it is me. I find it very difficult making a pretty bow. Thank's for great info.

CassyLu1981 (author) from Spring Lake, NC on November 14, 2012:

randomcreative - Thanks :) the detailed part was the fun part to write! Thanks for the comment!

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 14, 2012:

What a detailed article! Thanks for this great resource.

CassyLu1981 (author) from Spring Lake, NC on November 14, 2012:

mary615 - Since my kids are growing up they tear apart the wrapping paper so fast that I don't get to keep much of it but I do try to keep the bows if they don't get destroyed in the opening process. All my gifts to family and friends this year will have these fancy made bows on them :) I can't wait to send them all out! Thanks for the votes and the shares!!!!

Mary Hyatt from Florida on November 14, 2012:

Great information here on making bows! I can't stand to throw away wrapping paper and bows at Christmastime. These are so beautiful, who would dare throw them out??

You did an outstanding job with this Hub. I voted it UP, etc. and will share.

CassyLu1981 (author) from Spring Lake, NC on November 14, 2012:

tillsontitan - I hope a lot of people get great use out of this hub. I am super excited that I know get to make my own perfect bows that people aren't going to want to throw away! Thanks for all the votes, comment and shares (including the link)!!!!

CassyLu1981 (author) from Spring Lake, NC on November 14, 2012:

lindacee - YAY! Target had a ton of good ribbon when I was there a few weeks ago :) Hope you are able to find some you like and are able to get the bows made this time around. Don't forget the TWIST is the most important part!!!! Good luck and if you have any questions let me know! Thanks for stopping by and the comment!!!

Mary Craig from New York on November 14, 2012:

You picked the right time to do this ingenious hub! Everyone loves nice bows but they can be expensive to buy. Your directions are impeccable and your pictures great...anyone can follow them! Of course bows aren't just for Christmas either...Looks like lots of people will be making bows thanks to you.

Voted this hub up, useful, awesome, and interesting. Oh, shared too! (I'm going to link this to my Christmas hub too.)

Linda Chechar from Arizona on November 14, 2012:

Thanks for this great Hub, CassyLu! Over the years, I have tried, time and time again, to create the perfect Christmas bow -- even purchasing a variety of bow-making apparatuses -- to no avail. You have inspired me to give it another go this holiday season. I'm off to Target today to purchase ribbon and I will follow your tutorial! :)