How to Make the Perfect Bow

I don’t know about you, but it takes me a long time to decorate my house for the Christmas season.  

I can’t just put everything in the same place as the year before.  Well, yes, I do put a few things in the same spots, but I always change things up a little. It’s what makes it fun to me!  Besides, who can remember each year where something went? Not me! 

This year I seem to be changing things up more than usual.  I’m fluffing and adjusting things trying to figure out how I want everything to look.

As a result, I am adding a lot of ribbon and making several bows.  I love how festive all the ribbon makes everything look.  It’s a simple way to add a little flair inexpensively.


Friends and readers often ask me how I make my bows so I thought today would be the perfect time to share a quick video tutorial with you:


This same process can be used to make all kinds of bows.  This fluffy, large 2-ribbon bow was made the exact same way: 


In this case, I used two types of ribbon one on top of the other and followed the same steps.  Just pull each ribbon here and there adjusting everything til it’s all fluffed up just the way you want it.  

The bow below is smaller with just 4 total loops.  I finished this one off by folding a small piece of ribbon around the middle to hide the wire.  It is secured in back with a bead of hot glue. 


To make the perfect simple bow – like the one below – follow the same process just doing one loop on each side.  Finish the middle off the same way as above with a small piece of ribbon folded over the wire.  

Christmas door decor basket


It’s so easy and the possibilities for uses for your bows are endless!

Today, I’m teaming up with my fellow bloggers as part of the third annual Home for the Holidays Blog Tour sponsored by Sondra Lyn at Home.  Today’s theme is holiday craft ideas.  Throughout the week 30 bloggers will be sharing Christmas decor, recipes, crafts and more!

This is the 3rd year for her HFTH tour, and we promise to bring some of the most awesome decor, craft and recipe ideas you’ll find anywhere. It has gotten bigger and better each year and I think you’re going to love what you see!  Be sure you come back here every day to get the links for that day’s featured blogs! Here’s a run-down of the topics and featured blogs:

Monday – Holiday Mantels

Country Design Style | Duke Manor Farm | Domestically Speaking

Organize and Decorate Everything | Sondra Lyn at Home | Two Purple Couches

Tuesday – Holiday Recipes

An Alli EventNot Just Paper and Paint  | Nourish and Nestle  

StoneGable  | Sweet Pea | What Meegan Makes

Wednesday – Holiday Crafts

An Extraordinary Day | Lovely Etc | Lilacs and Longhorns

Lydi Out Loud | Salvage Sister and Mister | Weekend Craft

Thursday – Holiday Decor

Atta Girl Says | Chatfield Court | Create & Babble

Designers Sweet Spot | The Heathered Nest | Worthing Court

Friday – Holiday Tablescapes

Celebrating Everyday Life |Cottage at the Crossroads | Cottage in the Oaks

The Everyday Home | Postcards from the Ridge |  2 Bees in a Pod

Are you ready? Here we go!

Home for the Holidays 2016

Holiday Mantels


Holiday Recipes


Holiday Crafts


Holiday Decor


Holiday Tablescapes


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16 Responses to How to Make the Perfect Bow

  1. Alli Smith says:

    I’ve always used a bow maker because my bows never looked this good! Thanks for the video tutorial. I really think I can make a bow without the bow maker now. All of your bows are so pretty!

  2. Thank you so much for sharing this… this is soooo much easier than the way I’ve always made bows and they look amazing!

  3. Paula says:

    Thanks for the video tutorial. You’ve made making a bow look easy! All of the bows that you’ve made to use in your home are so pretty.

  4. Sondra says:

    Thanks for sharing this great bow tutorial… it’s definitely a skill that everyone needs. And what a great video!

    So glad you could join in the Home for the Holidays tour again this year! Merry Christmas!

  5. Deborah says:

    So smart! When I owned a gift basket business many moons ago, I had to go to the library and check out a book (no internet) on how to make them. I wish I would had this!!

  6. This is great!!! I usually can eventually make a bow, but your steps are so much easier than what I end up making! Thank you! Hugs.

  7. Lynn Spencer says:

    I’m calling you the ‘ribbon whisperer’! You clearly know how to make it work…Thanks for the tutorial, I am sorely in need of it and will watch and learn.

    Have a great week.

    Hugs, Lynn

  8. Wow did I need this tutorial! I don’t have a tree topper for my 2nd tree on my sunporch. Off to make a bow for it!

  9. Diane Miller says:

    I LOVE ribbons and bows and yours are simply lovely.

  10. Leanne says:

    Such pretty bows. I will be sure to refer back to this post.

  11. heather says:

    SO helpful!!! This is one of those tasks that seems like it should be so easy….but isn’t! Lovely 🙂

  12. i totally stink at bow making. this is so timely for many of us. happy holidays sweet friend!

  13. Emily says:

    Beautiful bows 🙂 Thanks for sharing your video tutorial; my bows are usually pretty lack-luster, but I will try your method next time! It takes me a while to get all of my Christmas decorations out, too. I like to change things up a little each year 🙂

  14. Ah, the elusive perfect bow! Thank you so much for sharing this handy tutorial!! So fun being on the Holiday Home Tour together!

  15. Your bows look beautiful, Julie. I can see why everyone asks you how to make them! Thanks for the great tutorial. Have a merry Christmas!

  16. I really needed this! I am terrible at bows and yours are so perfect – I can’t wait to give this a try.

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