How to Make a Christmas Bow

A few rolls of ribbon are all you need to personalize gifts with bows. We’re going to show you how to make a Christmas bow two different ways.

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Tying a bow on a present is the perfect way to show someone how much you care. We'll show you how to make a Christmas bow two different ways.

Tools Required

  • Scissors

Materials Required

  • Ribbon
  • Tape

Make Christmas Bows

The holidays are quickly approaching which means it’s also the season of gift giving. We’ve got some great gift ideas for all of the people on your list this year and after, you’ve purchased your gifts, make your presents extra special with Christmas bows. Choose the ribbon and present color scheme yourself to make your Christmas gifts extra special. If you’ve ever wondered how to make a Christmas bow and a classic wrap bow like you see in pictures, look no further!

How to Make a Christmas Bow Two Different Ways:

A few rolls of ribbon are all you need to personalize gifts with bows. We’re going to show you how to make a Christmas bow two different ways.

Project step-by-step (10)

Step 1

How to Make a Gift Bow

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For ease, select wired ribbon for this type of bow. Wrap the ribbon around your hands five times. Each loop should be neatly placed on top of the previous loop. Do not cut the bow from the rest of the ribbon roll just yet.

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Step 2

Measure Loop Size and Remove From Hand

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Measure the loop size to your liking by laying it on top of the package. The last loop should end on the opposite side of the starting loop. Cut the end off from the rest of the ribbon roll. Remove the ribbon from your hand and fold the loop in half.

Step 3

Cut the Cinch

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Hold the folded loop so that the center folded part is facing up. With the other hand, use a scissors to cut the corner off of either side of the cinch, the folded middle. This creates a cinch for the middle of the bow.

Step 4

Tie the Cinch

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Use a second ribbon to tie the cinch. The knot should be on the backside of the bow so the bow will lie flat on top of a present.

Step 5

Fan Out the Bow Loops

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Separate the loops one-by-one from the inside to the outside. Pull the loops gently from the center and twist them toward you.

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Step 6

Secure Bow to Present

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Use the ribbon tails to tie the bow to the ribbon wrapped around the present. As a second option, you can cut the ribbon tails off from the finished bow and simply tape the bow to the present. Learn how to store gift wrap and other gift wrapping tips.

Step 7

Finishing Touches

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Arrange the loops so they form a petal like circular pattern. Check out these unexpected Christmas present hiding places.

Step 8

How to Make the Classic Wrap Bow

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First, measure the ribbon length by wrapping it around the top corner of the present. Do not cut the ribbon from the rest of the roll. Run the ribbon under the adjacent corners of the present and bring the ribbon together on the top of the on the last corner.

Step 9

Tie Ribbon Together

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Tie a standard bow with the ribbon pieces by knotting the two ends together so they are tight. Make a loop with the left side of the ribbon. Take the right side and wrap it around the left loop. Pull the ribbon the through the hole behind the left loop until you have a second loop of the exact same size. Pull it tight.

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Step 10

Finishing Touches

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Adjust loops so they don’t overhang the present sides. Cut ribbon tales at an angle. Christmas was made for DIY. With these 14 mind-blowing do-it-yourself decor ideas, you’ll be able to put a sparkle in every room of your home this Christmas. Ready to get crafty?