There’s a lot of debate over which bow maker tools are the best when learning how to make a bow with a ribbon. I’m spilling the beans! Find out which bow maker I prefer.
Remember when the greatest debate in the world was which way the toilet paper was supposed to unroll? However…in the wreath world, one of the most common debates centers around all the different bow maker tools out there.
Questions like “which bow maker tool is the best to use?” and “how to make a bow with ribbon?” swirl around consistently.
So, how do you choose the bow maker that’s right for you? Let’s figure it out together!
How To Make A Bow With Ribbon: Top Bow Maker Tools
Our community seems to be able to turn every action someone makes into a great debate.
The latest? Bow makers…
So let’s review them with a fun little twist. Instead of reviewing them in order of favorites, let’s do it according to the year they were invented!
Bow Maker #1: Hands
Wikipedia states these are 2.5 million years old…hands.
Now, I will say upfront that learning how to make a ribbon bow with your hands does have a learning curve that can trip some people up at first. However, it’s really not as hard as some people make it out to be, and once you learn, you have a lot of versatility in your bow-making skills.
Pros of using your hands as your bow maker:
- It’s quick, easy, and doesn’t cost you any extra money.
- Perfect for whipping out that random bow that you need to make.
- There are tons of Youtube videos showing you how to make a bow by hand.
- You can make really interesting and beautiful bows with just your hands.
Cons of how to make a bow with your hands:
With everything, there’s a yin and yang. Bow making with your hands can wear them down and cause some aches and pains when your business starts to pick up.
Bow Maker #2: The EZ Bow Maker
I haven’t been able to find a clear answer, but it looks like the EZ Bow Maker has been around since 1993.
And I have to say, when it was invented, it made a huge difference for people making bows and what kinds of rivvon bows people could make.
Pros when using the EZ Bow Maker include:
- You can walk into Hobby Lobby or Michael’s and grab one with your 50% off coupon for about $5.00.
- The EZ Bow Maker is lightweight and small.
- It’s easy to move around your workspace and pull your work out.
- The 4 pegs stay fixed in place so you never have to worry about losing them.
- This bow maker tool makes beautiful bows. Check out my EZ Bow Maker tutorial showing you how to use it!
- You can get designer quality bows in just minutes…they’re even fluffy!
- I personally like that you can watch the bow being made exactly as it’ll look on your wreath.
Cons of the EZ Bow Maker:
- They’re hard to find online. However, if you’re interested in purchasing one, they are usually available on DecoExchange.
- The company doesn’t have a functioning website and they’re way overpriced on Amazon.
- You have to constantly change out the spool of ribbon, so it can take a little more time while making the bow, but really it’s not a lot.
Bow Maker #3: The Bowdabra
The web isn’t clear, but it looks like the Bowdabra has been around since the 1990s.
Pros of this bow maker:
- The company has an over-the-top (in a good way!) website with tons of information waiting for you. She’s built a brand and company around the Bowdabra.
- She goes live every Monday on her Facebook page showing you how to use the product.
- You can get designer quality bows in just minutes.
Cons of the Bowdabra:
- I personally think a big downfall for the Bowdabra is the amount of tension that is placed on the ribbon when making the loops.
- There’s no measurement tool attached for making sure your loops/tails are the same length. (You can buy one separately, though.)
Bow Maker #4: The Pro Bow The Hand
I couldn’t find the origin date for the Pro Bow, but the patent is 2011, so I’m going to assume it was prior to that.
Pros for using the Pro Bow include:
- It’s a favorite of many wreath makers, so there are tons of tutorials online, like our Pro Bow Tutorial.
- This bow maker tool creates bows that are clean, tight, and beautiful.
- It does take a second to learn, but once you have it down, you’ll be making amazing bows every time.
Cons of the Pro Bow:
- The board can be intimidating when you first see it.
- The Pro Bow needs additional items purchased separately to get the most use out of the product. (Extra spool holders & Fluff box).
- It takes a little more imagination and creativity to see the bow being built as you create. As demonstrated in the picture above, you don’t have a great concept of how your ribbons will look once completed. (This is overcome with experience)
Bow Making Tool #5: The Bow Genius
Honestly, I don’t really know anything about the Bow Genius. It just reminds me of the thing that used to make hair rollers hot.
The Bow Genius does have a benefit… it comes in a cool carrying case so all of your pegs stay together.
As far as cons go, according to other bow makers, a downfall for this bow maker tool is this one is intimidating and takes some practice to learn how to use.
A quick patent search tells me that there are 21 other bow makers that I’ve never used or heard of… Time to go shopping, y’all!
So, Which Bow Maker Is The Best?
After seeing my comparison of all these different bow-making tools, we come back to the question central to the great debate: which one is the best?
As you can see, there are definitely pros and cons to each bow-making tool. At the end of the day, the best bow maker for YOU is the one that takes how to make a bow with ribbon and makes it the easiest for you.
Don’t be bullied into purchasing a product that doesn’t meet your needs!
Just pin this image on bow maker tools below to find the instructions later!
We would love to hear which bow maker tools you love/prefer and why. Just comment below to let us know!
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See, this is what I mean when Damon’s demonstrations are short and quick to the point. I always appreciate from time to time Damon doing short demos to teach a technique. He details instructions for every move he uses and tells what you need to do or not to do. Information in a short length of time.
keep an eye out – we will be doing more quick projects in the future.
I love watching Damon when he goes Live,but I LOVE watching your Lives just as much. I ESPECIALLY love watching you do ”Parker’s Picks” Segments during your Lives. If only I had a way to purchase the beautiful Ribbons from Deco Exchange,but I just don’t have a Credit card or Debit card or a PayPal account any more. I can only use Prepaid Gift Cards,which I don’t always have the means to get either as often as I’d like.
Nothing really to say but Thanks Damon & Parker, the warehouse crew and all the behind the scenes people! Thank you all for all you do to make us better?
Thank you Damon and Parker. You have laid it out in a professional way for us to make the right decision that fits our needs. EZ Bow maker for me all the way. Although I wasted ALOT of money on another one I will stick with the BEST one!! Thank you
I love it! Fair and unbiased. Great review guys
thanks for reading
Thanks guys! I appreciate the information you provide.d
glad you liked it!
Great info, my hands cant handle making bows; have pro bow, spent alot of money yo buy all the parts and never used, ez bow maker a God Send for me. Bowdabra used to hold items lol. Thank you for providing this info!!
happy to help!
I have a version of the pro bow hand made by my son in law . Do I need the Ez bow maker also ? These are questions that keep me up at night. I love you guys . Been watching for a couple of years now and some day I might make wreaths to sell instead of to give away .
you dont “need” anything. you can just use your hands if you want to. our preference is the EZ bow maker but you can read all of our thoughts here – https://howtomakewreaths.com/the-great-bow-debate-bow-makers/
I love watching Damon create – it always, always turns out gorgeous. I do love the EZ bow maker and hope he keep using it as they make great bows and he makes it look so easy!
I’ve had my EZ Bow maker for like 25yrs & I love it! I’m glad to see it’s again getting the publicity it deserves & I love that so many popular wreath makers like yourself are showing us new bows we can make on it!
Pro Bow The Hand! I think it makes the prettiest bows and the variety of bows that you can make with it is why I love it.
Ez bow maker
Awesome….thanks for recapping all the bow makers
I only use the ProBow, I’ve never use the EZ Bow maker, however I do have the Bowdabra and I think they are about the same. I like my bows fluffy and big, [ProBow] …. the EZ Bow/Bowdabra are flat looking. But to each their own. I love watching DecoExchange, I’m always learning something.
I love my pro bow the hand. I have gotten nothing but compliments on my bows since using this. I have also tried bowdabra and EZ bow. I prefer the pro bow and the fluff box and spool holder are a nice touch which can be used with other bow makers.
I have 4 out of 5 of these. I own the Pro Bow the Hand, Bowdabra and EZ Bow Maker. Oh yeah, I also have 2 hands which, by the way, is the hardest for me to make a “recognizable” bow!! Damon’s bowmaking on the EZ Bow Maker, made it look so simple that it was my most recent purchase, from DecoExchange I might add, and for me, really is the “EZ-est!” The Pro Bow the Hand makes beautiful bows but, for me, a bit of a struggle to keep that wire in the middle of that center peg, and… Read more »
I have the Bowdabra, besides making bows, it’s like an extra hand to hold things while you are assembling. So it’s useful even when you are not making a bow. It’s the only one I have…except for my hands! Lol