My husband’s family has always had beautifully wrapped gifts with bows of ribbon adorning each package under the Christmas tree. A festive ribbon wrapped around both sides of the present and a simple bow on top is my favorite look. With this type of gift bow, the recipient can easily unravel the ribbon with a tug of one tail. I asked my mother-in-law for a tutorial on how to make these gift bows and I have been making them ever since!
Table of Contents
- How to Make Ribbon Bows for Gifts
- Step 1 | Measure the Ribbon
- Step 2 | Wrap Ribbon Around the Gift
- 3 | Wrap Ribbon Around the Other Side of the Gift
- Step 4 | Pull the Long Ribbon End Through the Center
- 5 | Make the Gift Bow
- Gift Bow Source List
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How to Make Ribbon Bows for Gifts
In all honesty, I struggled to type out exactly how to make this bow with ribbon, so the video tutorial is very helpful! Check it out below.
Before learning this technique, the biggest mistake I made when adding a bow with ribbon to a present was twisting the ribbon at the bottom of the package. Now I twist the ribbon to change directions at the top of the package and the ribbon on the bottom of the present lies flat.
Step 1 | Measure the Ribbon
Measure out the amount of ribbon you will need for the gift. I loosely wrap the present with the ribbon and give myself a little extra to ensure my bow isn’t too small.
Step 2 | Wrap Ribbon Around the Gift
Begin the gift bow with one end of the ribbon at the top of the package. Wrap the long end of the ribbon around the gift so the ribbon on the bottom of the package is flat.
When the ribbon’s long end reaches the center of the package, twist both sides of the ribbon 90 degrees.
3 | Wrap Ribbon Around the Other Side of the Gift
Take the long end of the ribbon and wrap it under the gift. Bring it back up to the top of the present. Because I started my bow with the short end of the ribbon at the top of the gift and twisted the long end of the ribbon to the left, I want the end of the ribbon to be below the short end of the ribbon.
Step 4 | Pull the Long Ribbon End Through the Center
Place the long end of the ribbon over the crisscrossed ribbon at the center of the package.
Pull the long ribbon edge under the center of the ribbons to the bottom right corner of the package.
Now pull both ribbon edges diagonally so the entire ribbon is wrapped tightly around the gift.
5 | Make the Gift Bow
Make your bow and cut the ends of the ribbon to your desired length. I love this new way of wrapping because the bow is so simple and beautiful! The ribbon can be removed with a tug of one bow tail and can even be reused for another gift.
I like to add a sprig of cedar or pine behind the bow for extra flair. I always end up with leftover cedar garland or tree trimmings and this is a fun way to use them.
Gift Bow Source List
- A present!
- Wrapping paper or craft paper
- Ribbon (similar) – I purchased the velvet ribbon at Home Goods
- Name Tag (optional)
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