How To Make A Wreath Bow

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Learn how to make a wreath bow with this quick and easy tutorial that will look great on any style wreath. Just choose your ribbon and create!

Making a wreath bow may sound intimidating, but it’s easier than you think! In only a few simple steps, you can create a beautiful accent to any wreath with some basic ribbon and floral wire.

Whether it’s for decorating your home or creating gifts for family and friends, adding a pretty ribbon bow makes any occasion extra special.

I’m using Christmas ribbon for this tutorial, but you can follow this same process to make bows for any occasion. Just select the type of ribbon that you want and you are good to go!

wreath bow pin

So grab your supplies and let’s get started on creating beautiful bows!

How to Make A Wreath Bow

The great thing is you only need basically 2 items-ribbon and floral wire or a pipe cleaner, so this is a budget-friendly craft too!

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Tips on How to Make A Wreath Bow

Choose Your ribbon

The most important thing with bow-making is choosing a wired ribbon. You can use any style, color, or material, but be sure it is wired.

I like to use a 2.5″ ribbon, but you can go with a 1.5″ up to 3.5″. You can also use more than one ribbon style.

A roll of Christmas ribbon

Cut the ribbon

Measure a 12″ piece of ribbon and cut it with fabric scissors. I’ll show you how to finish the edges in another step.

Measuring the ribbon

This will be for the tail, so set this aside. Measure another 12″ piece that you will keep attached to the roll.

Pinching the ribbon

Form the loops

Create a loop also 12″ in length and pinch it between your thumb and forefinger.

Folding the bow

Continue to create 12″ loops pinching them inwards between your thumb. You do not need to hold it tight. Keep it lose so you can work easily.

For a classic wreath bow I normally go with 5-6 loops. That will fit a standard 20-24″ wreath.

adding wire to bow

Secure the bow with wire

Once you have all of your loops secure the gathered ends together with floral wire or a pipe cleaner. You want to pull it nice and tight so the loops are secure.

fluffing loops for bow

Fluff the loops

Now you just want to fluff the loops and twist and turn them until you are happy with the placement.

loops for bow

You want a couple of loops facing up and a couple facing down. I like to have one loop in the center too, but there really is no right or wrong way. If you want 8 loops – go for it!

Trim the tails

To give the tails a nice finished look, fold the end in half and cut it at an angle. This will give a “dog ear” style edge.

cutting ribbon
cutting ribbon ends

That’s all there is to it! See how easy that was? You can use floral wire to attach it to your wreath.

Adding the bow to the evergreen wreath

I hope you found this tutorial helpful. Once you make a couple you will find it super simple.

wreath bow on wreath
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How To Make A Wreath Bow

With just a few simple steps and a handy tutorial, anyone can create an easy wreath bow in no time at all.
Prep Time5 mins
Work Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Keyword: how to make a wreath bow
Author: Michelle James

Equipment

Supplies

  • Wired Ribbon
  • Floral Wire

Instructions

  • Measure a 12" piece of ribbon and cut it with fabric scissors.   
  • Measure another 12" piece that you will keep attached to the roll. 
  • Create a loop also 12" in length and pinch it between your thumb and forefinger. 
  • Gather ends together with floral wire or a pipe cleaner.   
  • Cut the tails to finish the ends.
  • Attach it to your wreath with floral wire.
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