How to Tie a Bow On A Wreath In 3 Easy Steps

It's easier than you think to make a bow for a wreath. We'll show you how to tie the perfect bow and add it to your holiday wreath in just three easy steps.

Just like it takes young kids a few tries before they can tie their shoes, perfecting the classic Christmas bow takes a bit of practice. This year, skip the expensive store-bought bows in lieu of one you've tied yourself, because we're here to walk you through the three easy steps. In addition to saving money, there are a few more benefits to making your own bows—you can pick your ribbon and the size, plus you have the ability to customize your look with a different embellishment for each season. Follow these simple steps to learn how to make a bow with ribbon and see how easy it is to attach it to a classic evergreen wreath that works for any season.

wreath with pale green leaves and plaid ribbon
Jacob Fox

How To Tie A Bow For A Wreath

Follow these simple how-to instructions to tie a classic bow and add it to a wreath. You should be able to complete the steps in about 5 minutes.

Supplies Needed:

  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Wreath

Step 1: Select Your Ribbon

To make a big statement, opt for a thick ribbon that's at least 2 inches wide. Ribbon with a wire edge gives the final look 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 more than one bow, consider using a ribbon that's 1 inch thick.

Step 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. From there, cross the top right loop over the top left loop, fold what is now the left loop down behind the right loop, then thread through it the bottom loop. Pull the top loops taut, forming a knot in the center of the bow. Trim the tails and notch the ends as desired.

shaping buffalo-check bow on greenery wreath
Jacob Fox

Step 3: Attach The Bow To Your Wreath

Slip a piece of floral wire through the back of the bow, wrapping it around the wreath in your desired location to complete the project. Smooth out any wrinkles and fluff your bow to your ideal shape. Don't worry if it doesn't look perfect—you can always pull it apart and start over. Once you've mastered how to make a bow for a wreath, try making other handmade bows to top wrapped gifts or use as Christmas ornaments.

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