How to Tie a Fancy Bow on a Present

metal_clip_with_ribbon_bow.jpgFor those of you who read my post on wrapping presents, here is a follow up on finishing your wrapping with a big, fancy bow on top of the present.

To begin, you will need a big roll of ribbon, about an inch wide, in a color that matches your wrapping paper.  Once you are ready, coil the ribbon around your hand about 15 or so times, so it’s all in one neat roll. The width of the coil when you press it flat will be about the diameter of the bow, so make it wide enough that the proportions are aesthetically pleasing when you take into consideration the size of the package and the width of the ribbon. Generally, the narrower the ribbon, the smaller you should make the bow.

When you have enough ribbon wound around your hand, cut the ribbon off the spool at a diagonal, and press the coil flat so it looks like one long strip, and then double it over.

Next, diagonally trim just the very corners of the doubled end, but make sure not to cut too much, or your bow will break in half and you’ll have to start all over again.  Now, unfold the strip. You should have a slightly hourglass shape in the middle.

Now, go get the package, and tape a strip of ribbon around the wrapping paper. Use the ends of the ribbon on the package to tie on your coil of ribbon. Tie around the hourglass part.  You should have a little bunch of loops on either side.

Lastly,start separating the loops on one side, and alternately pull one up and one down until you have fluffed the whole side. Do the same thing with the other half of the bow. What you should have is a puffball-looking thing tied on top of your gift.

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