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How to Tie a Decorative Bow

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


  • Step 1: Lay out ribbon Lay ribbon flat on a table. Place a present in center of ribbon.
  • TIP: Make sure you have enough ribbon to wrap around the present and some extra for the loops in the bow.
  • Step 2: Even out Pull the ribbon up, evening out both sides.
  • Step 3: Tie a knot Place the left side over the right and tie a knot.
  • Step 4: Form loops Form two even-shaped loops.
  • Step 5: Tie another knot Place the right loop over the left and tie another knot. Pull the knot tight.
  • 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!
  • FACT: 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.

You Will Need

  • Piece of ribbon
  • Present
  • Scissors

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