How To: Tie the Perfect Bow

Tying your shoelaces is something you learn as a child. Tying a great looking bow, however, is something that even most adults haven't mastered. Read on to find out how to tie a bow that manages to give your presents some presence!

Thanks to LeAnn Dolan of Portland's Ecru Modern Stationer, we've got a step-by-step tutorial that will have you looping and pinching in no time. Here's the quick and easy version -- for more photos and a video, head over to Neighborhood Notes.

What you'll need:


  • 5–7 yards of ribbon (length depends on size of box and how fluffy you'd like your bow)

  • Scissors

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Step 1: Wrap the ribbon around the box, making sure that the knot is on the top. Leave the ribbon tails.

Step 2: Take the second length of ribbon and start with a twist. It doesn't matter if it's clockwise or counter-clockwise.

Step 3: Make the first loop, twist the ribbon (doesn't matter which direction) and then add it to the ribbon pinched in the other hand.

Step 4: Make another loop, twist and pinch. The loops should be a uniform size.

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Step 5: Continue to loop, twist and pinch.

Step 6: Repeat until there are seven or eight loops on each side. The more loops, the fluffier the bow!

Step 7: Set the bow on top of the knot (on the gift box). Keep it pinched tightly, so it doesn't untwist.

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Step 8: Use the ribbon tails to secure the bow to the gift box.

Step 9: Start to gently pull the ribbon to arrange the bow.

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Step 10: Voilà!

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