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How To Tie A Gift Bow Perfectly Every Time

Don’t you love to receive a beautifully wrapped gift? Would you like to know the secret of how to tie a gift bow? Today I’m sharing How To Tie A Perfect Gift Bow every time.

The great news is you can use this technique to tie larger bows for wreaths, garlands, etc.

How to tie a gift bow and make package toppers for Christmas Gift Giving.

Gift Wrap Package Ideas

Earlier this season, I shared several ideas for making gift package toppers and ornaments that are sustainable and budget-friendly.

First, you can make creative package toppers using fresh greenery. The tutorial uses natural cedar and boxwood to make these toppers.

Another fun idea is to make gift toppers and ornaments using scrap fabrics. This project allows you to recycle materials and create unique DIY projects.


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How To Tie A Gift Bow Perfectly Every Time

First, I’ll share the secret to tying the perfect gift bow: use the Flora-Satin ribbon.

This ribbon is readily available and is less expensive than most ribbons. 100 yards is around $10.00. You can wrap a lot of packages with 100 yards of ribbon.

Plus, it comes in a variety of colors. I always have a roll of white on hand. It works well with most gifts.

Flora-Satin Ribbon for Gift Package bows

How To Prepare The Package for The Bow

Begin with a wrapped gift package.

Cut ribbon to wrap around the package twice with extra to tie around the bow.

Lay the package face down at the center of the ribbon and wrap the ribbon around the package twisting at the backside of the package.

Wrap ribbon around package

Then turn the package over and tie the ribbon at the center of the box.

tie ribbon onto gift packages for Christmas Gift Ideas

How To Make A Bow

Now you are ready to make your bow.

Begin by making a loop of the ribbon approximately the width of your package. Fold the ribbon back and forth while holding in the middle of the loops.

Fold ribbon to make gift package bows

Allow the loops to become smaller as you go.

How to make a gift bow for Christmas packages

Once you have 6 to 10 loops, cut the ribbon leaving a small tail. The larger your package, the more loops you can add. A very small package may only need 4-5 loops.

How to tie a gift bow perfectly every time.

Next, holding the ribbon at the center, use scissors to cut a wedge.

Cut wedges with scissors in the center of the ribbon.

Allow the wedge to go through all layers of the ribbon and extend almost to the center.

Cut wedge approx. 1/2 way on the side of the ribbon

Cut another wedge on the opposite side, being careful not to cut the ribbon in two pieces.

cut wedges into the center of the ribbon to tie a gift bow.

Attach The Bow To The Gift Package

Next, holding the ribbon together, so it doesn’t slip, lay the wedge areas over the ribbon attached to the gift package.

Place the folded ribbon on the gift package and tie to make a bow.

You can use the two ends of the ribbon on the gift package to tie the bow securely. Make sure the area is tied into the cutout wedges. This will allow the ribbon to spread easily.

Tie the bow onto the gift package

Fluff The Bow

Now that the bow is tied securely begin to pull the individual loops away from each other. I like to pull and twist each piece until all the loops are separated.

Tips for tying a perfect gift package bow.

Continue to pull and twist until the bow is fluffed and in a desirable shape.

How to Tie a Gift Bow perfectly every time.

Finally, trim the tails by cutting the ribbon at an angle with scissors.

How to Tie A Perfect gift Bow for Christmas and beyond.

See Video Tutorial

Tie Bows for Wreaths, garlands, etc.

This technique works well for larger bows as well.

You can use any ribbon; however, some work better than others. I have had success with wired ribbon but don’t cut the wedge as deep.

I have also used satin ribbon with this technique for a soft bow. You only need a few loops for a soft, flowing bow.

Gift packages under the tree. DIY gift toppers that are sustainable and recycled.

I hope you enjoyed this gift bow technique and I’ll be sharing some more creative ideas for gift packages later this week.

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Kristy Mastrandonas

Wednesday 14th of December 2022

Rachel, I love your beautifully wrapped presents! And especially love the bow making technique tutorial!

Rachel

Thursday 15th of December 2022

Kristy, I'm so glad you like it.

Kylie

Tuesday 13th of December 2022

I definitely need this tutorial! I struggle with all the bows, and you make it look so easy!

Rachel

Thursday 15th of December 2022

Kylie, This technique works every time.

Susan

Saturday 10th of December 2022

This is the perfect post for me Rachel! I'm a bow novice! lol I loved the easy tutorial on how to create the perfect bow. It was great doing this share with you!

Rachel

Sunday 11th of December 2022

Susan, This is a foolproof way to tie a bow and I know you will love it.

Regina

Saturday 10th of December 2022

Rachel - Boy I needed this too. My bows are curly ribbon, curled with a scissor. I appreciate the tip on the type of ribbon to use. I'll hunt for that. Your directions are super clear - thank you!

Rachel

Sunday 11th of December 2022

Regina, Most floral shops carry this ribbon and it's available on Amazon.

Nicolle

Saturday 10th of December 2022

Oh this is soooo helpful Rachel! I love how you break it down step by step how to make a bow. And I love the fresh boxwood and cedar, so clean and fresh! We have similar styles my friend!

Rachel

Sunday 11th of December 2022

Nicolle, Thanks for stopping by. Yes, I love your style so much.