Just like it takes young kids a few tries before they can tie their shoes, perfecting the classic Christmas bow simply takes a little practice to perfect. Follow these simple steps on how to make a bow for a wreath.
1. Select the Ribbon
To make one big statement bow for your wreath, opt for a thick ribbon that's at least 2 inches wide. Ribbon with a wire edge gives the bow more shape and durability. For a casual or rustic appearance, select a linen or burlap ribbon. If you're planning to don a wreath with many bows, consider using ribbon that's 1 inch thick.
2. Tie the Bow
First, fold the ribbon length back and forth, forming two loops at the top and one loop in the bottom center. Be careful not to twist the ribbon.
Then cross the top right loop over the top left loop, and fold what is now the left loop down behind the right loop and then through the bottom loop.
Finally, pull the top loops taut, forming a knot in the center of the bow. Trim the tails and notch the ends as desired.
It really is that easy. Still wondering if you can tie a pretty bow? Watch this step-by-step guide on how to make a bow for a wreath.
3. Attach the Bow to the Wreath
Slip a length of florists wire through the back of the bow, and wrap it around the wreath in the desired location to complete the project.
4. Get Creative
Once you've mastered the classic bow and want to try more dramatic Christmas bows on your wreath, check out these expert tips on crafting four distinctive bow styles.