How to Make a Floral Bow in Just 4 Simple Steps

We'll show you how to make a floral bow to top bouquets, wrapped gifts, and holiday wreaths.

Put the finishing touch on your grocery store bouquet (or wrapped gift!) with a handmade floral bow. Gather your favorite ribbon and try this easy DIY—a simple looping technique is all you'll need to master. Customize your handmade bow with your favorite pattern and colors. We'll show you how to make an easy florist bow in four simple steps.

pink ribbon bow on floral bouquet
Jacob Fox

How to Make a Florist Bow

Supplies Needed

  • Wide ribbon of your choice
  • Thin satin ribbon of your choice
  • Scissors

Step-by-Step Directions

This easy embellishment is the perfect topper for Christmas gifts or holiday wreaths. The steps below explain how to tie a florist bow with ribbon.

tying ribbon into bow twist
Jacob Fox

Step 1: Twist Ribbon

When making a florist bow, we find it's easiest to leave the ribbon on the spool and cut it after the bow is complete. For a handmade bow that holds its shape, opt for a thick ribbon or one that has wire edges.

Determine the tail length and twist the ribbon at this point, keeping the right side of the ribbon facing you. This will form the center of your bow.

Step 2: Create Loops

  • Make a loop and give the ribbon a twist at the center.
  • Holding the twist between your thumb and index finger, make a second loop the same size in the opposite direction.
  • Twist the loop toward you.
  • Pinch the ribbon tightly at the center to keep the bow's shape.

Step 3: Tie Center

  • Continue making same-size loops, alternating sides until the bow has the fullness you want. (For our bow, we made ten loops.)
  • Wrap a narrow ribbon around the bow's center and tie the tails together at the back of the bow.
  • Don't trim the narrow ribbon tails (you'll use them to attach the bow to your wrapped gift or bouquet).

Step 4: Finish Bow

  • Arrange the loops as desired to shape your floral bow.
  • Smooth any creases or folds in the loops.
  • Use the narrow ribbon tails to attach the bow to your project, gift, or try adding it to a handmade wreath.
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