Learn how to make a bow out of ribbon or paper for your prettiest wrapped gifts ever. We'll show you how to tie five different bows for any occasion.
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Once you've mastered how to perfectly wrap a gift, you'll need a festive gift topper to finish the look. Luckily, you don't have to empty your wallet to stock up on expensive store-bought bows—it's actually easier (and way more affordable) to make your own at home. We’ve rounded up our best bow tutorials to help you make the perfect gift bow, every time. By mastering these five simple bow-making techniques and your gifts will always stand out in a crowd—or under the tree. We’ve got a bow technique for any materials you have at home: Make a bow out of plain or wired ribbon, or opt for a paper option you can make from leftover wrapping paper scraps. 

Whether you're wrapping Christmas gifts for the family or embellishing a birthday package, these how-to techniques are easy to learn. To get started, grab your best scissors and raid the ribbon drawer.

green and plaid bow
Credit: Adam Albright

Make a Classic Bow with Ribbon

This might be the easiest bow you've ever made. Learn how to make a bow with ribbon that looks like it came directly from the department store gift-wrapping station. All you need is a wide ribbon and a pair of scissors—we'll walk you through the rest! Try using wired ribbon ($5, Michaels) to ensure the loops stay crisp.

Pom-Pom Bow
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Make a Rosette Bow

The rosette bow (also known as a pom-pom bow) looks intimidating because of the number of loops, but it's actually fairly simple to create. Use our easy ribbon folding hack to make even loops all the way around. To get perfectly styled loops, we'll show you how to make a bow with a wired ribbon.

Editor's Tip: This is one of our favorite holiday bows. To make a Christmas bow, use red and green patterned ribbon!

modern masculine holiday gifts and ornaments
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Make a Gift Bow

This handmade paper bow looks just like our favorite go-to gift bow from the store. Our easy instructions will show you how to make a bow out of wrapping paper or even ribbon! Our easy folding technique will help you make and fold loops that easily stack into a gorgeous gift bow you can make in under a minute.

paper bows on top of presents
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Make a Paper Bow

Who says you have to make bows out of ribbon? This paper bow hack might be the fastest bow hack we've ever tried—and the finished product is adorable. You can make them out of scrapbook paper ($6, Walmart), wrapping paper, or even felt! Our free template and easy instructions will help you make a whole set of gorgeous paper bows in just a few minutes.

teal gift with green bow
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Make a Layered Bow

This layered gift topper is one of our favorite ways to make a bow out of ribbon. While it looks like an intricate DIY bow—it's so simple to create! All you have to do is cut lengths of ribbon to size, attach the ends to form loops, then stack the loops on top of each other. Your friends and family will be so impressed with this festive gift topper! See how to make a layered bow in just three easy steps.

Once you know how to make a bow with ribbon or paper, you can customize them to fit any holiday or occasion. These homemade gift bows will make any package look like it was professionally wrapped—and only you'll know how easy it was!

Comments (1)

Better Homes & Gardens Member
May 17, 2020
Don’t see anything about how to use the green styrofoam diy bow maker. 5-17-2020. Only the image is available. Thanks.