How to Tie a Decorative Bow

Give your packages a little pizazz with a few simple loops and knots.

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You Will Need

  • Piece of ribbon
  • Present
  • Scissors

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Lay out ribbon

    Lay ribbon flat on a table. Place a present in center of ribbon.

  2. Make sure you have enough ribbon to wrap around the present and some extra for the loops in the bow.

  3. Step 2

    Even out

    Pull the ribbon up, evening out both sides.

  4. Step 3

    Tie a knot

    Place the left side over the right and tie a knot.

  5. Step 4

    Form loops

    Form two even-shaped loops.

  6. Step 5

    Tie another knot

    Place the right loop over the left and tie another knot. Pull the knot tight.

  7. Step 6

    Finish the bow

    Straighten the loops. Cut or curl the ends using the flat of the blade on a pair of scissors to finish the perfect bow. Include bows on all of your gifts to really impress the receiver!

  8. The bowtie dates back to the seventeenth century. Croatian mercenaries used a scarf tied around their neck to hold the top of their shirts together.

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