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The Easiest Way To Tie A Perfect Bow

A step-by-step guide.

The secret to wow-worthy holiday gift wrapping? A big bow that looks like it could have come straight from the set of your favourite holiday movie.

Below, a step-by-step guide to crafting the perfect bow.

How to tie a bow with ribbon

Start with good quality materials—expensive ribbon falls better than its cheaper counterpart. A double-sided satin ribbon works best, as you don’t have to fuss with the “good” and “bad” sides. 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.

How to tie the perfect bow-satin green ribbon with double knot around a white box

2. Tie a bow

Reach way back in your memories to when you first learned to tie your laces⁠—that’s how you tie a bow. Make two loops and tie them together in a simple knot.

How To Tie The Perfect Bow- hands make two loops with green satin ribbon

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.

How to tie the perfect bow-one satin green bow with loose ends tied around a white box

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 hot glue (right where you fingers are holding it down, below).

How to tie the perfect bow- two hands looping the ends of green satin ribbon back under the knot

5. Cut the ends

Cut the ends of the tails on a bias or with a v-notch. Now, that’s a pro-looking bow!

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