Monday, December 15, 2014

How to Make a Pretty and Easy Christmas Bow!

Happy Monday, friends! Can you believe this is our last full week before Christmas?! I really need to get out of my cookie coma from the weekend and get to work on my Christmas to-do list! I am so close to being done with Christmas shopping. All I have left to do is purchase stocking stuffers for Matt. We decided to skip gifts this year and just exchange stockings which I am pretty excited about. 
Anyway, all of my gifts are wrapped and sitting prettily under our tree. Per usual, I referenced my friend Laura's tutorial on how to make the easiest and fluffiest bows for my presents. This girl can seriously rock a bow and I was amazed at how simple they really are to make once she showed me! And because she is really, really awesome, today Laura is sharing a little tutorial on bow-making...

And also, you can follow Laura on Instagram {here}! {Warning: You will have major hair envy!}

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Guess what? I'm almost through with all of my Christmas gifts, and last night, as I wrapped, I thought, "this bow on top is so stinkin' easy, and it really gets a lot of attention”. I figured I'd share a little tutorial, so you can impress your friends and family too with this ridiculously easy (but oh so pretty) Christmas bow! how-to
I bought my ribbon from hobby lobby, I'm not sure what it's made of, but it's amazing and not too pricey! I don’t believe this method will work with grosgrain or silk ribbon, but it WILL work with acetate – for all you ribbon connoisseurs. step 1: Go ahead and wrap your present, and top it with a ribbon. Leave the ends of your ribbon loose – later referred to as “ribbon 1”. step 2: Dispense enough ribbon to make your bow - i unreeled about 5 feet. Now cut it, and reel it back up, as if it’s on a spool again. the bigger your circle, the longer your bow “loops” will be. My circle is a tiny bit bigger than my hand. step 3: Press it together in the middle, like you’re forming a BOW [who woulda thought?!] step 4: Cut a tiny v-slit on one side of the bow – be sure to not cut all the way to the middle. I'm actually using my kitchen shears because, depending on the amount of ribbon you use, it can get pretty thick! step 5: Repeat on side 2. it’s VERY important that your “v's” don’t touch [even a little bit].  If they do, you’ve just destroyed your beautiful bow. sorry ‘bout it. step 6: Place the bow on your present, and tie the loose ends [from ribbon 1] to stabilize the bow. Tight! Lastly, “fluff” your bow by pulling each loop, one at a time, towards the center knot with ribbon 1. I find that it works best if you start from the inside of each loop, separating each layer, and just working it until it looks the way you like! Don’t forget to curl the loose ends! Now, stand back and admire the beauty of the easiest bow EVER!  
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13 comments:

  1. AHH last week until Christmas!? Thanks for reminding me, December is flying right by!

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  2. Love this!! Seems pretty easy too. 10 DAYS TILL CHRISTMAS!!
    Sydney
    http://raisingsoutherngrace.blogspot.com/

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  3. So cute! I love this little trick and need to try. I always get frustrated with the tiny little store bought ribbons that always fall off the packages!!

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  4. Laura definitely gives me hair envy and now she gives me bow envy, too!

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  5. Oh my gosh, this is great! I love it!

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