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Valentine’s Day Bow Tutorial

January 16, 2021 | Bow Tutorials, DIY Seasonal Decor, Valentine's

Let’s celebrate Valentine’s Day by learning how to make some beautiful Valentine’s Day bows to add to your next wreath or centerpiece! Learning how to create bows is such a useful tool when crafting. I mainly love using bows on a wreath or to help make a fun festive centerpiece.

Valentine's Day bows

2 Ways to Make a Decorative Valentine’s Day Bow

You’ll love these two simple ways to create beautiful eye-catching Valentine’s Day bows for your next holiday craft!

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Valentine’s Day Bow #1

bow with a black and striped ribbon and striped heart ribbon

How to Make a Valentine’s Bow with a 2-1 Recipe:

  1. Set up your EZ Bow Maker with the ribbon on your left side (if you are right-handed), having your spool rolling away from you. If you are left-handed, go ahead and switch it to the opposite side.
  2. Start with your glitter heart ribbon and make a 20-inch tail. If that is too long for your project, try a 16-inch tail. Cut the end at an angle. At the 20-inch mark, put that into the center of your bow maker and twist. Pull the tail towards you.
  3. Make a 7-inch loop and come back to the center and twist. Do the same on the other side with another 7-inch loop. Repeat with another 7-inch loop on each side, scrunching it down in the center. Cut the other tail at an opposite angle.
  4. Now grab your black and white striped ribbon and trim the end at an angle. Layer on top of the glitter ribbon, starting with a tail 2 inches shorter. Twist in the center. Make a 6 ½ inch loop on each side, scrunching the ribbon in the center. Trim the second tail at an opposite angle. This is called a 2-1 recipe.
  5. Take an 8-inch cable tie and run it right beside your center dowels and around the center of your bow. Pull it up to get some tension but not all the way closed. Push the end of the cable tie to the back and hold it in between your fingers while you fluff each of the loops. Pull your tails towards the bottom.
  6. Add a second cable through the back of the first cable tie and pull it tight. Clip the ends with your wire cutters. This will be what you use to attach your bow.
  7. Cut a 15-inch piece of your glitter heart ribbon. Fold it in half to the width you like and tie it around the center cable tie. Tie it off in the back with a double knot, being careful not to tie it too tight so it stays flat. Cut the excess ribbon off from the back.
  8. Depending on what you are using your bow for, you can use your fingers to curl up both tails or just the top layer. Pull the curled tails down a bit if you would like.

Valentine’s Day Bow #2

woman holding a bow

How to Make a Valentine’s Bow with a 1-2-1 Recipe:

  1. Start with the 4-inch ribbon and make a 20 inch tail. With a wide ribbon, make sure you scrunch it in the center before you twist. Bring your tail down towards you and trim the end at the correct angle.
  2. Make a 7-inch loop on each side and scrunch and twist in the center. Trim your second tail at an opposite angle.
  3. Grab your second ribbon, making sure there is a good contrast between the two patterns. Cut the tail at an angle and stagger it up 2 inches from the base ribbon. Twist in the center and make a 6 ½ inch loop on each side. Adjust the loops so they are on the bottom of the base ribbon loops.
  4. Repeat the same step making two more 6 ½ inch loops, making sure they fall above the base ribbon’s loops. Twist in the center to secure and trim the tails at the opposite angle.
  5. Next, take your red and white crisscross with white polka dot ribbon and trim the ends at an angle. Make your first tail 2 inches shorter than the previous layer and twist in the center. Make single 6-inch loops on either side, then cut the tail at the opposite angle.
  6. Take an 8-inch cable tie and run it right beside your center dowels and around the center of your bow. Pull it up to get some tension but not all the way closed. Push the end of the cable tie to the back and hold it in between your fingers while you fluff each of the loops. Pull your tails towards the bottom.
  7. Add a second cable through the back of the first cable tie and pull it tight. Clip the ends with your wire cutters. This will be what you use to attach your bow.
  8. Cut a 12-inch piece of your contrasting black and white striped ribbon. Fold it in half to the width you like and tie it around the center cable tie. Tie it off in the back with a double knot, being careful not to tie it too tight so it stays flat. Cut any excess ribbon from the back.
  9. Use your fingers to curl up any tails you’d like, depending on what you plan to use your bow for.

Be sure to join Keleas Bloomarino Buds Wreath Making Community to be apart of a family that enjoys helping each other learn how to create and inspire others to design! We can’t wait to see you there!

Kelea

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