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How To Tie the Perfect Bow

We think everyone...we mean everyone, should learn to tie a bow. Tying a bow adds that little something extra special on gift wrapped packages and all kinds of craft projects. With these step-by-step instructions and some practice you'll be tying bow in everything from ribbon to spaghetti. Materials include ribbon and scissors.

Bow Tying 1 Step 1: Measure ribbon by wrapping around the box twice. Sharp scissors are a must for trimming ribbon edges. Make sure to leave enough ribbon so you can trim the edges again after your bow is tied, if necessary. Bow Tying 2 Step 2: Hold ribbon taut around the box and with your right hand pull the length of ribbon on the left over and under to create a single tie, as you would when tying your shoe. Bow Tying 3 Step 3: Place your thumb on your left hand to hold the tension and pull the ribbon length of the right side up to create a loop.
Bow Tying 4 Step 4: Pull the loop over to the right as you use your left hand to take the ribbon length around the loop. Bow Tying 5 Step 5: Pull ribbon through and under. Then pull up to create a second loop over the first loop. Bow Tying 6 Step 6: Pull the two loop ends to create an even bow.
Bow Tying 7 Step 7: Tighten the bow to your desired length. Bow Tying 8 Step 8: To create even edges, take your two ribbon tails and pull together to measure them at the same place (this ensures they are cut at the same length). Cut at any angle. Bow Tying 9 Step 9: Perfect! Now finish off with a gift tag to make your gift is special and unique!

Next learn How to Tie a Square Knot.