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Ribbon Reinvented: Store-Bought Bows




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.


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


  1. Step 1


    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


    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


     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!