Hello friends! I am so happy you are here today. I’ll be sharing my trick for making perfect bows every time along with my secret weapon – a DIY Bow Maker. With a few simple supplies and tools you can make what I’ve been using to create perfect bows for every occasion. At the end of this post there’s a great giveaway PLUS a list of all of the other bHomer’s who are participating in this week’s Christmas Hop.
First things first – let’s start with the
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2 x 4 wood scrap at least 17 inches long
- If your wood scrap is larger than 17 inches long cut to size.
- Find the center lengthwise of the wood (8.5 inches) and mark a straight line down the center, top to bottom.
- Mark 1.25 inches down from the top and up from the bottom.
- Using your 3/8 inch drill bit start drilling at the marks you just made inward (the point you marked will be the outermost side of the drill hole).
- Drill two holes the same depth but DO NOT go all the way through the wood.
- Make sure your dowels fit snugly into these holes. If they don’t, you can add some wood glue to keep them in place.
- Mark one inch increments from the center point outward for a total of 8 inches to the right and left of center.
- Start with a good quality ribbon. I prefer to work with wired-edge ribbon but that isn’t necessary.
- Cut a length of florist’s wire approximately 12 inches in length and place between the dowels.
- Leave about an 8″ tail on one side of the ribbon. Place ribbon between dowels pinching and twisting at the center point.
- Make a loop to the 5″ mark, turn the ribbon back toward the center, pinching and twisting at the dowels. Continue doing this 6 times total on each side.
- After you have 6 loops on each side make a 1 to 1.5″ small loop for the center of the ribbon.
- Push the ribbon tightly down between the dowels, grab your wire and loop tightly around the top of the ribbon.
- Slide the bow out from between the dowels and secure the wire around the back of the bow.
- Start fluffing each loop until your bow is to your liking.
The DIY Ribbon Maker can be used to make so many ribbon variations and I’ll be sharing a new ribbon with you every few weeks. I hope you like the tutorial. If you don’t want to make your own DIY Ribbon Maker you can always just use a ruler and your fingers to make a ribbon the same way. I just find it more convenient to use the ribbon maker – it’s a somewhat hand-free method.
All the bloggers you will see on this tour are on the bHome App and we are honored to be partnering with D. Lawless Hardware to offer a $150.00 Gift Card to one lucky winner. To enter just download our bHome App by clicking HERE. Our app is available to both iPhone and Android users. If you have already downloaded bHome, you will automatically get a message to TAP to enter. D. Lawless offers international shipping so this giveaway is open to anyone. Winner will be notified on or around December 14, 2015.