How to Tie Better Bows (& 3 Great Ribbons to Use)

December 20, 2016
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Amanda Sims

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Judy B. November 18, 2016
My bows have expanded to include.....One of the most recent options: a variety of colors of tulle on rolls. Different widths offer options for combining unique color combos or different widths to make bows "pop". I am having so much fun with this new choice of "ribbon"
Josie November 1, 2015 age 10, I discovered the inherited gift of "artiste" and immediately informed my mother that I would happily take on "the annoying task" (her description) of wrapping Christmas gifts to place under the tree. I took note of a department store employee making a bow using the snipping-at-the-middle technique. I marveled as she unfurled the strands of ribbon into a beautiful decoration. I took the idea and ran with it...creating my own "masterpieces" by adding more folds and longer folds of ribbon to suit the size of the package. My mother was in awe of the pleasure that was abundantly apparent as I enjoyed "the task." The same held true with my affinity for cooking (at age 10.) Once again, "a chore" in her lexicon. God rest her soul, as I continue to wonder how I inherited these genes. As a second generation Lithuanian, my foremothers were, most likely, cooks by the sheer nature of workers and lovers of the land. A creative lot, by am I.
orinoco W. October 31, 2015
Very interesting post! So there really are stores outside the movies that provide pretty gift paper and real bows? In my world, you only get cheap ugly paper plastered with the name of the store, and a factory made stick-on bow. Nice to know that somewhere....
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Amanda S. October 31, 2015
B&J Florist or M&J Trimming, in New York!
kat October 30, 2015
I'm pretty in love with the cutting a slit for the satin bow. I'm super gonna use this technique on my satins now!
Haute I. October 30, 2015
Do you have any tips for burlap ribbons? I want to use them in my garland and presents this year, but having a problem make a pretty bow. Thanks for any tips you may have.
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Amanda S. October 30, 2015
I would definitely use burlap ribbon that's wired, and make the loops about twice as big as the ribbon is wide. For gifts, something smaller (like twine, or linen ribbon in a shoelace bow) might be nice!
Pat October 29, 2015
This all-encompassing article on bow-making is just one more reason I love FOOD 52. Instructions+pics=success. Great job, Amanda!
Pat from SC
Joan S. October 29, 2015
Love your descriptions of how to handle the different types of ribbon. I used to think it was all my fault but now realize it depends on the ribbon fabric and how to handle it to create a very pretty holiday gift presentation.
Saski October 29, 2015
Simply draw a bow onto the paper with coloured pencils or paint! An unexpected arty touch.
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Amanda S. October 29, 2015
This is a very good idea.
Maryann December 22, 2015
Great if I was a good artist