advertisement

advertisement

No Thanks
Let
Keep In Touch With MarthaStewart.com

Sign up and we'll send inspiration straight to you.

Martha Stewart takes your privacy seriously. To learn more, please read our Privacy Policy.

Project

Ribbon Reinvented: Store-Bought Bows

Introduction

Each December they spring up everywhere by the bagful, economical standbys you can make uniquely beautiful. Freed by scissors, their coils uncurl into ruffly blooms; paired, those blooms become fluffy pom-poms. Amassed on a gift, even basic bows seem luxurious. You'll need lots, so buy them in bulk.

Materials

  • Store-bought gift bows
  • Scissors
  • Double-sided tape

Steps

  1. Step 1

    la100429_1203_lowerht.jpg

    For best results, snip each loop at an angle, rather than straight across the middle. Fill an empty spot on a large bow with a smaller snipped bow, affixed with its adhesive backing. Then fill the center with a matching coil of ribbon attached with double-sided tape.

  2. Step 2

    la100429_1203_pinkbox.jpg

    Cover the top of a present with identical bows or use different sizes and colors for a varied effect. Reattach any that pop off with a hot-glue gun.

  3. Step 3

    la1203_1203_ribbons.jpg

     Like Champagne bubbles, these bows cast a heady spell. Follow instructions under "Cut Flowers" with two bows, but leave each center loop uncut; stick the pair together. Attach to gifts with double-sided tape. To create a tassel, sandwich ribbon between the two bows.  

Reviews (1)

  • Cmw718 21 Nov, 2013

    Since the magazine issue was published with some of these bow techniques I've used them every year, and what a hit they have been with the recipients! I've received many compliments and kind words about the thoughtfulness of the wrapping, when it was just as easy as can be!