How to Make the Perfect Gift Bow with Ribbon

December 15, 2021

My husband’s family has always had beautifully wrapped gifts under the Christmas tree with a perfect bow.  The presents are stunning and I love that they can be easily unwrapped with one tug of the ribbon. I asked my mother-in-law for a bow tutorial and I have been making these bows ever since! 

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How to Make Gift Bow | Easy DIY

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 ribbon bow, 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 will be flat on the bottom.

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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.

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Step 2 |  Wrap Ribbon Around Gift

Begin the 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.

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When the ribbon’s long end reaches the center of the package, twist both sides of the ribbon 90 degrees.

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3 | Wrap Ribbon Around Other Side of Gift

Take the long end of the ribbon and wrap it under the gift. Bring it back up to the top of the package. 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.

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Step 4 | Pull the Long End Through the Center

Place the long end of the ribbon over the crisscrossed ribbon at the center of the package.

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Pull the long ribbon edge under the center of the ribbons to the bottom right corner of the package.

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Now pull both ribbon edges diagonally so the entire ribbon is wrapped tightly around the gift.

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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.

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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.

How to wrap a beautiful present and reuse the ribbon! | Building Bluebird #christmasgift #holiday
How to make a gift bow that is easy to unwrap and the ribbon can be reused | Building Bluebird #christmasgift #holiday
How to wrap a beautiful present and reuse the ribbon! | Building Bluebird #christmasgift #holiday

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