In this post: Easy DIY tutorial that explains in detail how to make a bow for a wreath! Instructions include how to make a burlap bow with no sewing.
How to make a perfect bow…sometimes the simplest things in life are the most rewarding. Who would have thought a person could get such total enjoyment from a bow? Seriously…I promise you will be absolutely delighted if you whip one of these up.
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How to Make a Bow
What you need:
- 2 yards ribbon that is at least 3 inches wide. Wider (4 or 5 inches) is better.
- A heavy duty stapler
Step 1: Cut your ribbon into the following lengths:
You will have 3 pieces of ribbon.
Step 2: Mark the center of the 24 inch piece with a pin.
Step 3: Bring the ends of the 24 inch piece to the center, overlapping about an inch. Staple and set aside.
Step 4: Take the 6 inch piece and fold the sides so they meet in the center.
Step 5: Staple both ends and set aside.
Step 6: Take the 36 inch piece and accordion pleat it in the center.
Step 7: Place one staple to hold the pleat together.
How to Make a Burlap Bow: Assembly
Step 8: Lay the 6 inch piece wrong side up on a flat surface. Place the 36 inch piece like pictured below.
Step 9: Lay the 24 inch piece wrong side up so it is next to the 24 inch piece.
Step 10: Now for the fun part! Pull the ends of the 6 inch piece together and straighten the other two pieces so everything is centered.
Step 11: Place two staples in the 6 inch piece to hold the entire bow together. Trim the excess if desired.
Step 12: Fold the end of each tail in half and trim to make a notched end.
Step 13: Stand back and admire your new bow!
How to Make a Bow for a Wreath
When I make a bow for a wreath with heavier fabric, like grain sack, I am not able to use the stapler for the last step. The layers of fabric are too thick and they jam the stapler. A bit of hand stitching is required to hold the pieces of the bow together. Below are links to my tutorials for making ribbon from an antique grain sack and also for making a grain sack bow.
Obviously, you don’t have to use burlap ribbon but it does make a great bow for a wreath. Any kind of ribbon will work, but I recommend ribbon at least 4 inches wide so the bow has some presence. Also, my measurements for the 2 longer pieces are totally random. You can make your bow any size under the sun.
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Now that you know how to make a bow,
please send me a picture if you create one.
I would love to see what you created!