Have you always wanted to add a beautiful ribbon bow to a gift, but haven’t been sure where to start? What if I told you that it can actually be FASTER to tie a ribbon bow to a package than it is to mess with curling ribbon and sticky bows?!
Well, that’s EXACTLY what I’m telling you today. I’m going to show you how to tie a ribbon bow in 60 seconds! Keep reading to see how it’s done.
I LOVE to wrap presents. It’s one of my favorite activities EVER. Being able to turn on the Hallmark Movie Channel, mix up a mug of hot cocoa (check out my favorite recipe here) and spend an afternoon thinking of the people I love as I wrap their gifts?? I can’t think of a better way to spend a cold, wintry afternoon.
But I will admit that there are times when the pile of presents to wrap becomes HUGE and I really need to find some ways to save time. Believe it or not….making actual bows out of spools of ribbon can be a time saver!
There are a million ways to do this (and I’m sure that professionals would cringe at my method), but over many years of wrapping gifts I have refined my bow-making method to 60 seconds. In the time it takes me to untangle curling ribbon and peel the paper from the back of a sticky bow, I have a beautiful ribbon bow that I’m excited to display under my tree.
Are you skeptical? Don’t be! I promise, there is NOTHING to it. Here is a video that shows the process in real time:
Since publishing this video, I have also created another video where I (more slowly) walk you through my three favorite ways to use ribbon on gifts (plus a fourth experiment from Pinterest). This video includes an even more thorough description of the 60-second bow. You can check out that video here:
Still skeptical?? Let me break it down just a touch more:
You will start by tying ribbon around your gift with a simple knot. Leave enough of a “tail” so that you can use it to attach your bow to the package when you’re finished with it.
For all of the loops you form, you will be pulling the ribbon toward you EXCEPT FOR THE VERY FIRST LOOP. You are actually making this bow upside-down so you don’t want the end of your ribbon to be on the top of your bow. So your first loop should look like this, with the “top” loop on the bottom and the loose end on top (clear as mud, I know):
Then you will fold the second loop up toward you (rather than toward the ground) and cover the loose end.
As a side note: This method only works with ribbon that doesn’t have a “right” and “wrong” side. If you have ribbon with a design on one side only, the method for making the loops is slightly different.
The next step is to make four more loops. You want to angle the loops so that you are making an “X” shape on top of your first two loops. Remember to fold the ribbon toward you. Hold everything in place with your thumb and then grab your scissors with your free hand.
Clip the end of the ribbon, leaving enough so that you can make sure the end of the ribbon doesn’t slip out when you tie it to the package (you will be tucking this in, so it won’t matter).
Now comes the fun part! You are going to flip the whole bow upside-down so that your first two loops are now on top. Give the whole thing a little pinch to prepare for tying. Pinching it will help keep the loops in place when you are tying it to the package and it also helps hide your second loose end.
Tie the ribbon to the package using another knot.
Fluff, twist, and trim until it looks the way you want it (tucking any loose ends that might be poking out).
And that’s all there is to it! There’s a bit of a learning curve, but if you stick with it you’ll soon find that using actual ribbon is much faster than sticky bows and curling ribbon. If you’re still skeptical, I have another post in the works to show you other time-saving gift wrap ideas using ribbon.
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