How to make a bow with ribbon

I have a little secret to making a professional looking bow and it’s so stinkin’ easy!    Whether you are new to crafting, or you’re  a wreath maker, burlap bow tutorial includes an easy little trick to have in your craft arsenal for any bows you need to make – burlap or otherwise!
This is a great tutorial for you if you:
  • want to save money by making bows instead of buying them
  • need to add a big burlap bow to your front door wreath
  • decided to decorate for your wedding with burlap bows on pews and chairs
  • like to look of burlap bows on home decor
making a burlap bow
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When my daughter Morgan was about 6 months old, I decided that I needed a way to work from home.  For some reason, my answer to that dilemma was a hair bow business. 
This seemed like a really good idea at the time and it lasted about a year.    After too many hot glue burns and 2 a.m. Dr. Pepper breaks, I decided it would be best to take an early retirement from the bow making business.  
Fortunately, I got to work with a really great shop in town called And Sew On.  Here are a few of my Aggie bows:
Burlap Bow Tutorial

The nice thing about my hair bow venture was that my daughter has an unlimited, almost disposable, hair bow collection.  But more importantly, I learned how to make a bow for any and every type of home decor including wreaths, mantels, mason jars and teacher gifts.  
Here are some other fun ideas for how to to decorate with burlap bows:
Burlap Bow DIY Projects

burlap bow tutorial

I’ve used this same technique to make a lot of burlap bows for various craft and home decor projects but I’ve used the same steps to make bows of any type ribbon including small grosgrain bows, a large wired bow for our tree topper, and even bows for my daughters here.  For hair bows, I just don’t add the tails!
diy bow tutorial

 

THE SECRET TO MAKING A BURLAP BOW: SUPPLIES

Mini Hot Glue Gun  – THIS one is my absolute favorite!
Hot Glue Sticks
Wire Cutter
Craft Wire
Scissors –  I love these scissors so much that I bought two pair of them.  I use them for everything!
3″ Burlap Wired Ribbon
 

 

HOW TO MAKE A BOW FOR A WREATH: STEP-BY-STEP TUTORIAL

STEP 1: HOW TO MAKE A BOW WITH BURLAP RIBBON

The bow I’m making below is for an 18 inch grapevine wreath.  For this same size, cut your 3″ wired burlap ribbon to a length of around 52″. 
If you wanted it fluffier, loopier, add a few inches and if you want it flatter bow, subtract a few inches.  I would consider the bow with the boxwood wreath above to be a fluffier bow and the bow with the cotton wreath to be a little flatter

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