It’s day seven of Twelve Days of Getting Ready for Christmas! Today we are both sharing how to tie a bow with ribbon on your Christmas gifts.
I have teamed up with my dear friend KariAnne from Thistlewood Farms and today we are both sharing how to tie a bow with ribbon. I am sharing six of my favorite bows and how to tie each one of them.
Let’s Learn How to Tie a Bow With Ribbon
The Art of the Bow: Mastering Gift Presentation with Bows
When it comes to gift-giving, they say it’s the thought that counts. But let’s face it, a beautifully wrapped present with a perfectly tied bow can take that thoughtful gift to new heights.
As we approach the season of giving, let’s look at lots of options on how to tie a bow with ribbon and explore various techniques that can make your Christmas gifts stand out beneath the tree.
Today I am sharing how to tie my six most favorite bows!
The Rosette Bow
The rosette bow resembles a flower and adds a special touch to any present.
This voluminous bow is ideal for larger gifts and makes a dramatic statement.
- Start with a longer piece of ribbon.
- Create a series of loops by making loops with the ribbon and folding it back on itself.
- Pinch the center and cut the angles on both sides to lessen the bulk.
- Secure it with wire or a smaller ribbon.
- Fluff out the loops to create the rosette and secure it atop your gift.
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The Classic Bow
The classic bow, akin to what you’d tie your shoelaces into, is timeless. You’ll need a good quality ribbon about six times the length of the box you’re wrapping.
- Lay your gift face down on the length of ribbon.
- Pull the ends up and cross them over the box, then pull them under the box and cross them again so that they come up the sides.
- Flip the box over, and tie a simple knot in the center.
- Create two loops with the ribbon ends, cross them over each other, and pull one loop through the hole that forms (just like tying your shoes).
- Adjust the loops and tails to be symmetrical and voila!
The Gift-Tag Bow
Integrate the gift tag into the bow for a personalized touch.
I even used a hot glue gun for the “With Love” gift tags that I made with wax and a sealer.
- Punch a hole in the corner of a gift tag and thread it onto a ribbon.
- Tie your bow, ensuring the tag hangs at the front neatly.
Here is how to make these fun Christmas Gift Tags.
The “Not Made From Traditional Ribbon” Bow
For those wanting a fun and different look, opt for material like fringe or cloth ribbons.
- Use the same technique as the classic bow but with fringe and twine.
- The beauty is in the texture and wooden tag and tassel too!
The Diagonal Bow
A diagonal bow gives an asymmetric and modern look to your gift wrapping.
- Place the box diagonally on the ribbon.
- Wrap the ribbon around the box’s corners instead of the sides.
- Flip and tie a classic bow on the diagonal for a chic finish.
The Layered Bow
For this bow, choose two or three ribbons in coordinating colors or varying widths.
- Stack the ribbons on top of each other and tie them around the box, finishing with a classic bow.
- Separate the loops and tails to display all the different ribbons.
Tips About Tying Bows
- Always choose high-quality ribbon; it holds its shape better and makes a more substantial bow.
- Use wired ribbon if you’re looking for bows that maintain their form.
- When tying bows, make sure your hands are clean to avoid smudging the ribbon or gift wrap.
After mastering these bow-tying techniques, remember that practice makes perfect. Each bow has its personality and charm, and with a little patience and creativity, your gifts will look as though they’ve been wrapped by a professional.
As your family and friends gather around the Christmas tree, they’ll be greeted by a chorus of perfectly presented packages, each with a bow that tells its own story of your careful consideration and holiday spirit.
KariAnne’s Getting Ready for Christmas Post
One of my favorite ways to decorate for Christmas is with bows. Here are simple and easy ways to tie a Christmas bow and how I use a scarf in place of oversized ribbon.
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If you missed any of my Twelve Days of Getting Ready for Christmas, you can find them here:
- Day 1 – How to Choose Christmas Colors for Your Holiday Decor
- Day 2 – Creative Ideas for Christmas Gift Tags
- Day 3 – Stocking Stuffers for Christmas Morning
- Day 4 – Decorating with Christmas Ribbon in the Dining Room
- Day 5 – Gift Wrapping Ideas and Sunday Morning Coffee
- Day 6 – Easy Christmas Button Crafts
- Day 7 – How to Tie a Bow with Ribbon
You can also find KariAnne’s amazing blog posts here:
- Day 1 – How to Choose a Christmas Theme
- Day 2 – 27 Ways To Decorate With Ornaments
- Day 3 – 21 Unique Stocking Stuffers for Christmas Morning
- Day 4 – How to Hang a Wreath On the Back of a Chair
- Day 5 – 21 Easy Gift Wrap Ideas
- Day 6 – 7 Easy and Simple Christmas Crafts
- Day 7 – How to Tie a Christmas Bow
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