Directions for Tying a Ribbon Bow on a Christmas Wreath


Traditional evergreen wreaths with streaming red ribbons adorn homes across the U.S. during the winter holidays. Originally a symbol of everlasting life, the evergreen wreath has come to signify the beginning of the Christmas holidays, ushering in good cheer. Although red ribbons are common, recent years have seen a rise in ribbons to match the home décor. Tying the bow for the Christmas wreath poses a challenge to many, but the process is simple.

Step 1

Select the color and width of ribbon you desire. Typically, ribbons with widths of 3 to 4 inches work best. Wired ribbons provide the added bonus of being easy to shape, as the wired edge holds its form once the bow is tied.

Step 2

Cut a section of ribbon three times longer that the desired size of the bow. Three feet of ribbon creates a bow that is approximately 8 inches wide with 10-inch streamers.

Step 3

Fold the ribbon in half to determine the center point. This marks the middle of your bow.

Step 4

Form two loops with the ribbon so the ends cross at the back of the bow. Adjust the loops until they are the desired size and both loops are the same size.

Step 5

Pinch the ribbon with your fingers at the point where the ribbons cross. Twist a 6-inch piece of wire around the center point. Decorative wire or wire covered cord adds a decorative touch, but is not necessary.

Step 6

Pull the tails of the ribbon so the streamers hang down from the back of the bow. Twist if necessary to keep the right side of the ribbon facing the front.

Step 7

Fluff the loops with your fingers. Wired ribbon can be shaped by hand.

Step 8

Cut the ends of the streamers on an angle and secure the bow to the wreath with the ends of the wires used to secure the bow.

Things You'll Need

  • Decorative ribbon
  • Wreath wire
  • Tape measure
  • Scissors


  • University of Florida Extension: Folklore and History of Wreaths
  • Clemson University Extension: Wreath Making
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