03rd Dec2013


How to Make a Large Bow with Ribbon

by Dinah Wulf
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Just face it… not every gift you give someone fits perfectly into a box that can be easily wrapped.  Sometimes you have to get creative and come up with an alternative to cardboard boxes and wrapping paper.  I recently purchased a gift for my brother and had to do just that… come up with a creative alternative.  I decided to wrap his small gifts and put them inside his large gift and simply make a bow to go on top. With that said, here is my tutorial on how to make a large bow with ribbon.

Note these measurements are for a bow approximately one foot in diameter.

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Materials:

  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Stapler
  • Yard stick or measuring tape

Instructions:

For this bow, you need to cut seven strips as follows:

  • Two 24” strips
  • Two 22” strips
  • Two 18” strips
  • One 10” strip

One strip at a time, fold down one end over meeting in the center as shown.

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Fold up the other end as shown.

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Staple the center, securing it together.

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Repeat this for the other five longest pieces. For the 10” strip, simply fold it over to make a hoop and staple it.

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Start layering each piece one by one, with the largest pieces on the bottom.

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Using a stapler, staple all the layers together to secure the entire bow.

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Here is an AFTER photo.

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You can play around with the dimensions, depending on the size of the bow you need.  As I mentioned above, these measurements ill make a bow approximately 11-12 inches in diameter. Try making these with different materials.  I made a bow like this out of recycled book pages in the past for smaller gifts.

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Dinah Wulf
Dinah is a craft, home décor, & DIY Blogger for www.diyinspired.com, an eco-friendly site promoting repurposing through reinvention. She has a Master of Arts Degree in Speech Communication from California State University Fullerton. Formerly an educator at CSUF and business owner, she now is a full time writer, Curator for Style Me Pretty Living, 3M DIY Expert, and a member of Martha’s Circle. She has blogged for multiple websites including Fix.com, Earth 911, Home Made Simple, and Sprout Online and has been published in a few magazines and ebooks. Her website, DIY Inspired has been recognized by Mashable, Parenting.com, and Buzzfeed.
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