How To Make A Big Bow Photo Tutorial ~ Learn how to easily make stunning big bows for your craft and DIY projects using this step-by-step photo tutorial.
Some Tips Before Getting Started
It takes practice. As a matter of fact it took me awhile to figure out where to start making the loops on the length of ribbon and what direction the loops were supposed to go in order to get the look I wanted. If it didn’t work the first time, I just restarted several more times until it worked. These bows are pretty quick to make so that isn’t a huge problem.
I also recommend only using wired edge ribbon even though it is more expensive. You can use this technique with non-wired ribbon but you will end up with a flat bow. The wired ribbon allows you to ‘fluff and poof’ up your bow.
This is a double bow using two different ribbons. The two bows are made separately using the same technique and then combined to big one big bow. The difference is one bow has two loops on both sides and the second bow has three loops on both sides. These ten loops create quite a spectacular looking bow!
A final recommendation I have is to look for ribbon that is exactly the same on both sides and isn’t too stiff. I recently bought some ribbon for a project that looked really pretty on the front side but then I realized the backside had quite a stiff plastic feel and look. It really wasn’t great for making a nice looking bow.
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Materials For How To Make A Big Bow
To make this bow I used two spools of wired edge ribbon. One ribbon was a solid sparkly orange colour and the other spool had a striped design of fall colours. I used all of the ribbon on each 10 foot (3 metres) spool to make this bow.
The other materials needed are:
- floral wire
- two long floral picks
- black electrical tape (not photographed)
By the way, I used the green charger just as a focal point and to add interest to the photographs. It isn’t necessary for making the bow. Here is the…
How To Make A Big Bow Photo Tutorial
Bow #1 – Two Loops On Both Sides
Fold the first ribbon in half. I only do this step to create a starting point.
Slide one side of the ribbon up about two feet so that both sides are now uneven. You may want to use a ruler to give you a measurement or just eyeball it.
Holding the ribbon at the folded side, make your first loop by bringing up about 1 foot (30 cm) of the ribbon up to the folded side. Now bring up about another foot of the shorter length of ribbon from behind. Next bring around another foot of ribbon from the first length of ribbon to the front.
When you lay the folded ribbon flat you should have one end coming out from behind facing left and another end extending out at the front of the bow facing right. You should also have two loops on either side making a total of four loops about the same size.
This photograph shows how it should look in the middle.
This photograph shows what it looks like on the left side.
And this photograph shows what it looks like on the right side.
The bow will look like this when you finish making your loops. Don’t worry too much if you end up with slightly uneven loops but you don’t want to end up with loops that are obviously different sizes. Similarly, don’t worry too much if your ends are different lengths. They will be trimmed once the entire bow is completed. However, if your ends are significantly uneven as in more than two 5 – 6 inches (12 – 15 cm) I recommend you start again.
I’m going to be honest with you that this for me was the trickiest part of making the bow. This is the part where I sometimes have to start over again as I try to find the right place to start the bow and making sure I am making my loops correctly, about the same size and that I don’t end up with completely uneven ends. Hopefully the photographs make this step easy for you.
Using about 2 feet of floral wire, twist it several times around the middle of the bow as tight as you can making sure the bow will not fall apart. Set this completed bow aside for now. Yup, that’s me you see in the reflection taking the photograph.
Bow #2 – Three Loops On Both Sides
These instructions are basically the same as the first bow but you will be making three loops on either side. Since you are making more loops yet working with the same length of ribbon, your loops are going to be smaller.
Fold the second ribbon in half to create your starting point.
Slide one side of the ribbon up about one foot (30 cm) so that both sides are now uneven. You may want to use a ruler to give you a measurement or just eyeball it.
Holding the ribbon at the folded side, make your first loop by bringing up about 10 inches (25 cm) of the ribbon up to the folded side. Now bring up about the same length of the shorter length of ribbon from behind. Next bring around another 10 inches of ribbon from the first length of ribbon to the front.
This is where the instructions are a bit different from the first bow that you made. You still have to make two more loops. One will be made from behind and the last one will be looped over at the front.
When you lay the folded ribbon flat you should have one end coming out from behind facing left and another end extending out at the front of the bow facing right. You should also have three loops on either side making a total of six loops about the same size.
Using about 2 feet of floral wire, twist it several times around the middle of the bow as tight as you can making sure the bow will not fall apart.
Again, don’t worry too much if you end up with slightly uneven loops and uneven ends. They will be trimmed when the bow is completed. But if the loops and ends are really uneven you may want to start over again.
Now join the two bows by twisting two floral wires together. I put the orange bow on top of the striped bow.
I taped two floral long floral picks together using black electrical tape to make it very sturdy because this is quite a large bow to support. Then I wrapped the combined floral wire around the double floral pick and secured it with some more electrical tape.
Now comes the fun part! “Fluff and Poof” up the bow. Working with wired edge ribbon makes this part really easy. You can also bring the four ends around to where you want them to hang down.
Almost done! The last step is to trim the ends.
I loosely folded each end in half and cut out a triangle. When the end is unfolded it looks like this…
To-Da! The bow is completed and this is it looks…
…and this is how it looks in the outdoor fall arrangement I made! Here is the photo tutorial showing how I made this fall floral outdoor arrangement…
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