Do you ever get frustrated trying to tie the perfect knot or bow? Well, tying that perfect knot doesn’t have to be a hair-pulling experience—save the pulling for your ribbon. We’ve got some tips and tricks to help you tie a classic knot or bow that will make even a perfectionist proud.
Want to tie the perfect knot? Ask any boy scout to teach you how to tie a square knot, and you’ve got it!
If you simply want a bow without tying it around anything, the concept is rather simple.
Start with your ribbon around your card or project with ends pointing away from you.
Cross left end over right end, wrap around, and pull through. Make sure to pull gently to avoid twisting or wrinkling your ribbon.
Place your finger in the middle to hold ribbon tight. Cross right end over left end, wrap around, and pull through. Pull knot gently, untwisting and arranging ribbon as needed.
Notice how we’ve added a twist to this on our My Friend bag. We tied a classic knot leaving a loop of ribbon, and then threaded that loop through two holes in our bag. Tip: Wrap your ribbon around an object to tie your knot. Then just slide it off the object and you’ve got a loop to work with. my friend bag All Holidays set; Baja Breeze and Very Vanilla textured card stock; Baja Breeze Classic Stampin’ Pad®; Chocolate Chip and Old Olive Stampin’ Write® markers; Very Vanilla wide grosgrain ribbon; 1/8" Circle and 1/4" Circle punches; Three for You Punch Box; small paper bag
Fold the ribbon back and forth to form two loops (or bunny ears).
Tie the two bunny ears together, left over right.
Pull gently, and trim ends as desired.
This classic bow is an easy way to add an accent to your project without wrapping the ribbon around an element of your project. Tie this classic bow, and adhere it to your project with Glue Dots.
AROUND A CARD OR OBJECT
Start with your ribbon around the card or object. Cross left end over right end, wrap around, and pull through.
Make a loop with the ribbon that is now on the right side. Bring left end toward you and around the loop.
Push left end through hole forming a second loop.
Pull loops gently.
For an alternate method for tying this same bow, see this month’s Online Extras. thank you note holder Schoolbook Serif Alphabet and Taking Care of Business sets; Old Olive card stock; Baja Breeze and Very Vanilla textured card stock; Pockets & Pieces Office Accents; Chocolate Chip Classic Stampin’ Pad; Old Olive Stampin’ Write marker; Old Olive wide grosgrain ribbon; Pretties Kit; Stampin’ Dimensionals®; Boho Blossoms punch
Once you’ve got the classics down, you’ll want to add some diversity to your projects by trying these variations. And honestly, you might find these variations easier than the classics. Experiment a bit and see what you discover.
Tiered Bow (
Choose two or three widths and types of ribbon. We’ve used Chocolate Chip wide grosgrain ribbon and the wide Chocolate Chip satin ribbon from Theater Ribbon Originals®.
Cut the widest ribbon the longest (Theater Ribbon Originals) and the narrowest ribbon the shortest (Chocolate Chip grosgrain). If you’re using a third width of ribbon, cut it to a length in between the others.
Trim ends as desired.
Layer the ribbon with the longest and widest ribbon on the bottom and the shortest and narrowest on top. Tie the stacked ribbons in the center with another piece of ribbon.
Trim and conceal the ribbon tails or use them to secure the bow to the card or package.
kind thoughts card Kind Thoughts set; Baja Breeze, Old Olive, and Very Vanilla textured card stock; Baja Breeze and Chocolate Chip Classic Stampin’ Pads; Chocolate Chip wide grosgrain ribbon; Theater Ribbon Originals; Stampin’ Dimensionals; Crafters’ Tool Kit; Scallop Circle and 1-3/8" Circle punches
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Cut a piece of ribbon or paper twice the desired length of the finished bow. We used Old Olive Prints Designer Series paper.
Form into a loop and secure ends together. Flatten the loop and secure in the center.
Wrap another piece of ribbon around the center, and adhere the ends to the back of the finished bow.
embrace life card Embrace Life set; Baja Breeze and Very Vanilla textured card stock; Old Olive Prints Designer Series paper; Baja Breeze and Chocolate Chip Classic Stampin’ Pads; Old Olive Stampin’ Write marker; Old Olive wide grosgrain ribbon; blender pens
Alternative Color Palette Old Olive, So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie, and Rose Red
With a little practice, you can master a variety of knots and bows, adding beauty and diversity to your projects.