Thursday, September 16, 2010

How to Make a Floral Bow for $1

I've always called these "fancy bows." Turns out they are called "floral bows" because they are used in floral arrangements and other crafts that often involve live, dried or silk flowers. You learn something new every day!

Anyway, I thought I'd post a little tutorial on how to make your own floral bows since you can make your own for about $1, while they can cost $4-$10 at the store.

All you need is 3 yards of ribbon (I like the use wire ribbon) and some thin (maybe 26 gauge) wire. Ribbon can be pricey, but Michaels has been clearing out their old ribbon spools for $1 each and Target always has ribbons in the dollar section.

Start by leaving about 8" of ribbon as your first tail, then make a loop by pinching like this:

Make 7 additional loops, creating larger loops toward the center and smaller loops toward the edges, for a total of 8 loops.

Then pinch the loop bases inward and wrap the longer of your two tails around it all to make a simple knot. Secure this with some thin wire.

Spread and arrange the loops to your liking, cut the ends of the tails into V shapes or diagonal points and you're done!

Easy! Use them on gifts, wreaths, floral arrangements, etc. Floral bows are a quick and easy way to add a little flair to whatever you're making. Plus you can say, "I made the bow myself," with a cute little modest smile and people will be all sorts of impressed.

You can do it. You can probably do it better than me, so get to it!

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