Y’all, in my opinion, one of the best parts about wreath designing is bow making! Making bows definitely takes practice though. Different methods work better for different people. In the video below, our creative coaches Mel and Jacquie have fun teaching (and learning!) about bow making.
Friends, there is no right or wrong way to do it. If the end result is a beautiful bow, how you got there isn’t that important. We all have different styles so it is important to try several methods and then decide which works best for you. Watch the video below to see a few different bow making techniques!
Bow Making with Mel and Jacquie
It is so much fun to get some of my best wreath making buddies together! We work hard but laugh harder. Mel and Jacquie were in town recently and we decided to go LIVE with some bow making fun. Y’all know that I love the EZ Bow Maker! I use it all the time when making my bows.
Mel and Jacquie normally use different methods but were willing to give the bow maker a try. They both found different ways the tool makes the process easier for them. If you want to see more about using the EZ Bowmaker, we have a post for that too.
One of the reasons it is so awesome to be a part of this crafting community is that we are able to share ideas and learn from each other. We all do things a little bit differently which means that you can pick and choose which methods work best for you. We love to teach y’all but, as you’ll see in the video, we are also constantly learning from each other!
Looking to perfect your hand made bow? Check out this post where I show you how to make a Damon bow by hand!
While playing with ribbons, we also answer some questions about mailbox bows. Mailbox bows are a great way to tie your outdoor decor together. You can use leftover ribbon from a wreath you made to make a mailbox bow that matches! What’s not to love about more fun and less waste? We talk about the best size bow to use and where and how to attach it.
And, y’all, crafting isn’t always a safe sport! You’ll see Mel get attacked by a mailbox and learn the best way to defend yourself against such assaults.
Bow Making with Mel and Jacquie
- Get your EZ Bow Maker and ribbons.
- Take your 4" ribbon, measure 12" tail and (2) 6" loop on each side.
- Then with your 2.5" ribbon, measure 12" tail and a loop on each side slightly smaller.
- With your 1.5" ribbon, measure a tail and make a center loop.
- Then get your pipe cleaner and wrap around the center of your bow. Twist nice and tight.
Life is a learning experience. None of us have all the answers and no one should ever stop striving to learn new things. I’m excited for you to learn some new bow making techniques.
I’m more excited for you to see how making mistakes and trying new things is how we grow. Grab some of your favorite ribbon and your best crafting buddies and join us for some bow making fun!
If you need any help with centerpiece-making, bow-making, wreath-making, or crafting in general, be sure to check out more of our tutorials on How to Make Wreaths.
We would love to see your beautiful summer wreaths! Please share with us over at the How To Make Wreaths Facebook Group.
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