How to Tie a Simple Ribbon Bow Perfectly


How to Tie a Simple Ribbon Bow Perfectly

Learn how to tie a bow with wired ribbon in the easiest way imaginable.

How to Tie a Simple Ribbon Bow Perfectly
How to Tie a Simple Ribbon Bow Perfectly

If you've wondered how to tie a bow with wired ribbon, it isn't as difficult as you think! Learn how to tie a perfect ribbon bow. It's so easy and you can use your ribbon bows for all sorts of projects. A simple bow like this one is excellent for all sorts of decorative crafts. Add it to a DIY wreath, a wrapped present, or even a seasonal craft like a painted pumpkin! If you love little bow embellishments on clothing and other accessories, you can apply this technique to bows made from other materials, too.

Estimated CostUnder $10

Time to CompleteUnder an hour

Primary TechniqueGeneral Crafts


Project TypeLearn a Technique

Materials List

  • Wired Ribbon: in this video, 2 1/2" wide ribbon is used.


  1. Cut your ribbon about twice as long as you'd like the tails to be that will hang from the completed bow.

  2. Taking care as to which side of the bow will be the outside, create two "bunny ear" loops as close to the middle as possible, like tying your shoelaces. The size of the loops will determine how big the bow is.

  3. Tie the two bunny ears together like tying your shoelaces.

  4. In the middle, the ribbon might be flipped wrong side out. Squeeze your finger in the middle and flip the middle piece right side out.

  5. From here, the bow is easy to adjust and shape to your liking.

  6. Optional: for a polished look, trim the ends to a point or to a swallow's tail depending on your preference.

What project will you use this tutorial for? Hair bows, wreaths, or something else?

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