With Just A Fork And Ribbon – She Shows How To Make The Perfect Bow Every Time
Anyone who has struggled to tie a bow for decorations or gifts knows what a struggle it can be. With this technique managing a tangled snarl of ribbons will be a thing of the past!
Flickr/Steven Depolo The Struggle Is Real
A little piece of ribbon can be the difference between package perfection and a ruined day. But this mini bow tip makes prettying up a package super simple. Put a fork in your bows, because they're done!
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Start With A Fork...
And some thin ribbon. The fork doesn't need to be fancy. Any standard metal fork will do, but the longer the spokes the better.
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Leaving a few inches of spare ribbon to the left of the fork, leave it on the spool and weave it through the fork like so. From the spool, leave an ample amount of ribbon and snip. It's better that it's too long than too short, since we can trim it up later.
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Doing a 180, take the ribbon back the way it came through the opposite spokes.
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This will be the last line of weaved ribbon in the process. It should almost reach the top of the fork.
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Here is the very best way to weave the ribbon onto the fork. Rather than working tirelessly to needle the ribbon through each spoke, simply run it above the spoke and down.
Screenshot via YouTube Get Into Position
Using a separate piece of ribbon (in the same or a different color—whichever tickles your fancy!), slide it down the middle of the fork.
Tie It Up
Next you're going to take all four loose ends and tie them together. Tie the new middle strand together, with the ribbon's ends facing downward. Tie loosely, like so.
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Then, with the original ribbon, tie tightly to secure your bow, angling the ends downward.
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Slide your ribbon off the fork. You'll have four long strands hanging off, so snip the bottom pieces to look like the end of a typical bow.
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Slightly burn the ends of the ribbon to prevent fraying and extend the life of your ribbon.
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These adorable, easy-to-make bows will come in handy for use on party favors, small presents, crafts and more.
Here is a video of a similar, less intricate, technique:
This technique is the perfect way to put a bit extra into your gift wrapping this year. Just be careful, because these bows are so fun to make, it's borderline addictive!
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