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Learn To Make Your Own Simple Fall Bow by Hand

November 21, 2023 | Bow Tutorials, DIY Seasonal Decor, Fall

Picture this: the leaves are doing their fall dance, and we’re about to sprinkle a bit of handmade magic on our projects. Enter the Simple Fall Bow by Hand—your new crafting BFF that’s all about autumn charm and zero stress. This bow is like a warm hug for your creations, and guess what? It’s as easy as pie to make! So, grab your favorite fall ribbon, maybe a pair of scissors (just the basics, you know), and let’s dive into the cozy world of DIY bows that scream, “Fall, I’m ready for you!”

Simple Fall Bow by Hand

Okay, so here’s the deal with the Simple Fall Bow by Hand—it’s like crafting in your comfiest sweater. We’re talking minimal materials, folks. Grab that fall-themed ribbon you’ve been eyeing, your trusty scissors (or any scissors that can cut), and a cable tie because, why complicate things? This bow is about embracing simplicity, making it a dream project for craft pros and those just testing the DIY waters. No fuss, all the cozy crafting vibes!

Hold onto your hot cocoa because this bow will become the MVP of your fall projects! Seriously, the Simple Fall Bow by Hand is like the chameleon of crafting. Stick it on a wreath for instant autumn vibes, tie it around a rustic gift (hello, Pinterest-worthy presents!), or let it play hero on your Thanksgiving table. It’s like magic—you add this handmade bow, and suddenly, everything screams, “Fall is here, and I’m fabulous!”

Imagine this: you, a cup of pumpkin spice, whatever, and the Simple Fall Bow by Hand. As you loop and twist, you infuse autumn directly into your project. Pick ribbons in those cozy fall shades—reds, oranges, yellows, you know the drill. Think of patterns that mimic your favorite fall sweaters or doodles you’d find on a crisp autumn day. The best part? Each twist and turn is your personal touch, making every loop a snippet of fall magic. It’s crafting but with a side of pumpkin-flavored creativity!

Directions

  • Start by measuring your first tail. I chose to make mine 8” for my tail. 
  • At the 8” mark, hold your ribbon tightly and create a twist by twisting your right hand backward and your left hand forward. Hold that twist between your thumb and forefinger. 
  • Create your first loop, as big as you’d like it. I decided to make mine about 7”. When your loop is created, twist your ribbon like you did earlier, then hold that loop with your same thumb and forefinger. 
  • Cut your second tail. I cut mine to about 8” to match. I like to adjust my tails so that one goes up and one goes down. 
  • You’ll repeat these steps, layering them on top of the first set you made. Start with your 3rd tail, again at 8” long.
  • At the 8” mark, hold your ribbon tightly and create a twist by twisting your right hand backward and your left hand forward. Hold that twist between your thumb and forefinger. 
  • Create your first loop, as big as you’d like it. I continued to make mine about 7”, but you could make them shorter. When your loop is created, twist your ribbon like you did earlier, then hold that loop with your same thumb and forefinger. 
  • Cut your 4th tail. I cut mine to about 8” to match. I like to adjust my tails so that one is going up and one is going down. 
  • Thread your cable tie behind your ribbon, behind the part of the ribbon you were holding with your thumb and forefinger. Loop the cable tie around and tighten it loosely. Shift the cable tie to the back, then tighten. 
  • Cut each of your tails with an angle cut or a dovetail cut for a finished look.
  • Cut a piece of ribbon that is about 10” long and cut it in half. Tie this small piece around the center of your bow, tying them tightly in the back, to cover your cable tie. 
  • Floof your loops and arrange your loops and tails as you’d like them to lay, and you’re ready to go! 

TIPS AND TRICKS

  • Change your ribbons to make bows that match whatever type of wreath you are creating. If you are using flowers, attach a flower to the center of the bow for a fun look. Make your wreath your own! 
  • If you’d rather use wire than a cable tie, 18 gauge works perfect for bows.   
  • I used a wide ribbon for this bow, a 2.5” wire-edged ribbon, and I think that works best. But you are free to use this same bow with any type of ribbon you’d like to match your wreath. Your bow will be more floppy if you use a ribbon that is not wire-edged. 

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Ideas for Adding a Simple Fall Bow to Autumn Wreaths

Elevating your autumn wreath game is as simple as tying on a charming fall bow. Opt for a ribbon that complements the overall color scheme of your wreath, whether it’s a classic mix of oranges, reds, and yellows or a more muted, rustic palette. Consider layering the bow with other elements like faux fall leaves, miniature pumpkins, or even acorns for added texture and visual interest.

To create a cohesive look, match the pattern of the bow with the theme of your wreath—plaid for a cozy vibe, burlap for rustic charm, or even metallic accents for a touch of elegance. Don’t be afraid to play with scale; a larger bow can make a bold statement, while a smaller, understated bow adds a subtle touch. The key is to let your creativity flow and customize the bow to complement the unique personality of your autumn wreath.

What Colors and Patterns Work Best for Fall Bows?

Picture the warm palette of autumn; you’ve got the perfect inspiration for your fall bows. Embrace the rich, earthy tones that define the season—deep reds, burnt oranges, and golden yellows. These colors echo the changing leaves and add a cozy, autumnal vibe to your handmade bows. As for patterns, think rustic charm meets whimsical fall motifs. Plaids, gingham, and subtle leaf patterns bring that cozy, flannel-wearing, pumpkin-picking feel to your bows. Whether you’re aiming for a classic fall look or want to sprinkle in a bit of playful creativity, these colors and patterns will turn your simple fall bows into little bursts of autumn joy.

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