Required tools and supplies:
  • X-acto knife and fresh blade
  • Metal straight-edge ruler
  • Cutting mat
  • Small piece of mat board or other thick cardboard
  • 4 thumb tacks
  • 2 nails
  • Ribbon (preferably 1/16" wide)
  • Heavy duty glue for gluing nails to board
1.  Glue the tacks and nails as shown with heavy duty glue. The nails are about 3/4" apart. The nails do not need to be the same length, as you can see from this sample.

2. Center the first piece of 1/16" ribbon and poke onto tacks as shown. This piece will tie around the middle of the bow to hold it secure. You can make this piece any length you desire.

3. Next take the end of your ribbon spool and poke onto the left tack as shown.

4. Take the ribbon and create a figure "8" pattern on the two nails. Three loops per side is the size this tutorial uses.

5.  When you are done making figure "8s", secure the tail end of the ribbon by poking it on the right side's tack.

6.  Next, slip the first ribbon from it's tacks, and tie a tight knot at the center point of the bow. The bow is now complete and you can remove it from the other two tacks. Slide the bow from the nail shafts.

Finished bow that has been glued to the top of a gift box.


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