I thank the Lord Jesus Christ for the talent He has bestowed on all of us!
I have been artistic all of my life and love experimenting with different mediums and techniques. This blog is my creative outlet to share my passion for cardmaking and papercrafting!
I love using bows on my cards and have a hard time making a project without a bow! Recently, many of you have
inquired how I make my bows so I thought I would try to write a tutorial of the
different ways to create a bow.
Believe it or not, inexpensive
tools that you have on hand can be used to create bows!
For single bows-
I either tie directly right off the roll or use a water bottle. Tying off the roll- take the ribbon and loop over your left hand finger- tighten to a
loop- and hold with your right hand. With
your left hand, bring the tail up from behind and from the left and over the top of the loop in
your right hand and push the tail behind the pinched loop and thru opening to
create the bow (just like tying your shoelaces).
If you want to tie a
single bow that can attach across the card, a water bottle can come in
handy. I used to waitress (ages ago :-)
and had to tie my apron in a French Knot and found that the technique of how I
used to tie my apron came in handy for tying bows.
Take an ordinary water
bottle and place the bottle in front of you (I use my lap or the table and have
the bottle in front of me with the bow tying area in the front- as if to tie
your apron). Wrap the ribbon around the bottle, take the
two ends and start to tie the bow. Left over
right, tighten the knot on the bottle and hold with your finger to hold it
tight. Loop the right end , hold the loop with your right hand finger (holding it tight against the bottle) pull the left end back in front of the right
loop and over to behind to complete the bow. Again, just like tying your shoe!
Snip the ribbon in the back of the bottle
(being careful not to cut your bottle, especially if you still have water in
it:-)). I generally try to cut the ribbon
in the back keeping in mind, where I want the bow placement on my card. If you want the bow to be in the center, then
cut the ribbon in the center (so that you have equal amount of ribbon on both
sides of the bow). If you would prefer to
have the bow be on one side or the other of the card front, then determine
which side you should cut the ribbon in the back to allow enough ribbon to
cover the card front.
Fork Method:You can use a large serving fork (I have a turkey lifter) and use the tongs as a “jig” and this works well for single, double or triple bows! So search your kitchen to see what you can use:-)
Double or Triple Bows:
Fork Method- As mentioned above, you can use a large serving fork (I have
a turkey lifter) and use the tongs as a “jig” and this works especially well for double
Use the tongs to hold the ribbon
as you wrap around and tie in the center. You Tube has a few videos that you can search for other fork tying
"Fork Tied" Bows
Homemade Bow Jig- Scrap 2x4 & Nails
Other jigs- I have a bow maker from years ago that can be
used for larger bow making and recently had my husband take a scrap piece of 2
x 4 and nail several 8# finishing nails into the wood. I wrapped the nails with masking tape and tie
the ribbon around the posts (pinching them slightly to release the bow).
There are other jigs on the internet – my upline recently
purchased a few and I acquired one from her that I believe she may have bought
from Lee Conrey. It is a wooden dowel
system and works extremely well.
Now you know all of my secrets for bow making :-) !! If you have another way to create the perfect bow, let us know...
I hope this has been helpful and have fun experimenting with different ways to create
bows! There is no real right or wrong
way, but practice does make perfect!