5 easy tips for how to tie a bow on gifts

Put a bow on it

Thank you Ribbon by Design for sharing your beautifully printed ribbons so I could demonstrate these five techniques for how to tie a bow! I am even showing a quick bonus tip for using ribbons with a design printed only on one side.

Here are the five bow-tying techniques you will see in the video below:

1) Basic Straight Bow. For this first tip, I am going to show you how to tie a bow that sits straight on your box and aligns with the ribbon that wraps around your box.

2) Basic Side Bow. Using the same steps for the straight bow, I show you one small variation to have your bow cross the ribbon that wraps around your box.

3) Tiffany-style Bow. This is the simplest technique to wrap the ribbon round both sides of the box and create a flat surface on the bottom of your box.

4) Corner Angle Ribbon. A great variation for wrapping a box with ribbon is using the corners. This style offers a space in the middle of the box to add a pretty gift tag or embellishment.

5) Simple Big Fluffy Bow. This technique is a very simple version to create a large bow when you have extra ribbon to create a statement bow. The only additional material you need is a small piece of wire to bundle and create the fluffy loops.

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