How to Make Ribbon Bows for Wreaths


Gardeners who are lucky enough to have abundant grape vines growing on their properties have a ready supply of materials for wreath making. Making your own wreath is a good way to get exactly the wreath type that you want, so don't settle for adding a commercial bow in almost the right color. Fabric stores carry ribbon in every color of the rainbow, as well as dozens of print designs, so make your own simple bow and have the perfect accent for your handmade wreaths.

Step 1

Grasp the ribbon 6 inches from one end. If you want a ribbon tail longer than 6 inches, adjust your grasp accordingly. Hold the ribbon so that the shiny or decorative side is facing up.

Step 2

Make a half turn in the ribbon right where your fingers are grasping it. This will cause the shiny side of the ribbon to face the opposite side above your fingers. Make a loop in this ribbon end, going out toward the left and then coming back toward your hand. Pinch the ribbon together with the other ribbon length that you are holding.

Step 3

Make another half turn in the ribbon and make a loop going out toward the right and back in to the center. Pinch all of these loops together in the center.

Step 4

Twist the center another half turn and make another loop right on top of the first one, but make it slightly smaller. Create a matching loop on the other side. Continue creating pairs of loops, each one smaller than the one below it. Make four pairs of loops in total.

Step 5

Slip a small length of florist's wire around the center where you are pinching all of the ribbon loops together and twist it tightly. Bring the longer, free end of the ribbon over the wire to create a small loop that is centered over the exact middle of all the other loops. Secure this last loop with more of florist's wire.

Step 6

Twist this last end of the ribbon around under the loops and toward the bottom. Cut the ribbon end off so that it is the same length as the first tail. Spread the loops out by pulling some upward and some downward, creating a fan shape with the loops to finish your bow.

Things You'll Need

  • Ribbon
  • Florist's wire
  • Scissors


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Anne Baley is a writer and photographer living in Southeast Michigan. She has written dozens of articles about places she has discovered while traveling throughout the United States. Baley's work has appeared in a variety of online outlets, including EndlessSunday, GardenGuides and Travels.