Here’s the secret to top any present with a swoon-worthy bow. It’s what I call the ribbon tail. Here are the how-to instructions, with photos.
The easy way to tie a bow with ribbon
Start with good-quality ribbon-like fabric — expensive ribbon falls better than cheap ribbon. A double sided satin ribbon works best as you don’t have to fuss with the good side and bad side. Also, you’ll need about meter of ribbon to tie a good bow, plus however much ribbon you need to wrap around the gift.
1. Knot once or twice
Depending on how thick your ribbon is, you might or might not be able to tie a double knot before starting your bow:
2. Tie a bow
Reach way back in your kindergarten memory, when you first learned to tie your laces, and that’s how you tie a bow. Make two loops and tie them together in a simple knot:
3. Smooth it out
Smooth the knot cover over and pull tight, making sure both loops are the same size. Leave a long tail on both ends.
4. Fold back the “tail”
Now here’s the magic part: Take the “tail” of the ribbon and fold it back in towards the centre knot. Add a dot of glue (right where you see my fingers are holding it down).
5. Cut the ends
Cut on a bias or with a v-notch. Now that’s a pro-looking bow. Doesn’t matter what the gift is, this will wow’em!
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