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How to Make a Ribbon Gift Wrap: 5 Ideas

For when winter is coming, or when the lovely Holidays are just around the corner, there are plenty of reasons to get excited, aren’t there? You know what winter means: gift shopping, gift wrapping and gift giving. We love spreading Christmas joy by offering the most heart-warming gifts in cute bags and boxes all personalized with beautiful bows, tags and ribbons. Just the thought of making ribbon gift wraps in vivid colors like pink or blue (or traditional Christmas shades like red, green or white) is enough to get ideas of designs flowing.

There are so many ways that you can create a ribbon gift wrap that the idea is suitable for any type of present: from albums, to jewelry, cards or a nice tie for your father in an elegant box. However, sometimes tying a ribbon, bag handles or any other type of pack can prove to be quite different from tying a regular bow. The techniques are slightly more complicated, and you might require a tutorial at one point to help you out. The more, the merrier, so we have decided to offer you not one, but 5 Ideas on How to Make a Ribbon Gift Wrap so you can make your own choice from our collection. None of these ribbon gift wraps are too much to handle, and they can be applied on an international level for various winter holidays (just to make everything clear, we’re not talking about Pabst Blue Ribbon or Amway Ribbon). So what are you waiting for? Browse Christmas collections in your area, shop for the sweetest present, get a lovely card to accompany the package and choose the ribbon gift wrap idea you love the most!

While these ribbon gift wrap supplies do not apply for all of the ideas on our list, this is the general stash to consider if you want to have everything you need for holiday bows:

  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Wire
  • Glue

In addition to this, you will need to choose your favorite type of ribbon. Here are just a few ideas you can get inspired from:

  • Grosgrain
  • Satin
  • Wired
  • Velvet
  • Organza
  • Jacquard

Rose / Flower Ribbon Gift Wrap

If you want to make a gorgeous bow to compliment the gift you’re about to give to a young lady, the Rose / Flower Ribbon Gift Wrap is a perfect idea. It is impossible for a girl or a woman to not appreciate roses and flowers, in general, so why not take them both and combine them into an incredibly lovely bow? This wonderful tutorial provided by Scrap a Little will leave you with an adorable ribbon gift bow that you will love using on your present.

Here is what you need to get:

  • Ribbon (colors of your choice):
    • 6 ribbons, 4 inches long each
    • 3 ribbons, 2 ½ inches long each
  • Scissors
  • Glue

These are the steps you need to take:

  1. Start off with two of the 4 inch pieces of ribbon, place them one on top of the other and glue one of the edges, folding it over.
  2. Roll the ribbon, starting with the glued edge, three times.
  3. Continue to roll, but twist the ribbon as you do so.
  4. When you finish rolling the piece, add some glue to the remaining edge and stick it under the rose.
  5. Now make the flower part; take the remaining four pieces of 4 inch ribbon and the three 2 ½ inch ones. Apply glue to each of the ends and fold every piece towards its center.
  6. Pile the pieces one on top of the other, switching directions so they look like ‘X’s over one another. Glue each piece down as you do so.
  7. Place your rose in the middle and glue it down.

Rosette Ribbon Gift Wrap

The pretty, classic rosette ribbon gift wrap bow is really easy (under a minute, actually).

  1. Take a long piece of ribbon, wrap it around your knuckles about ten times. As a tip, the wider your ribbon is, the fuller your final bow will be.
  2. At the center of your wrapped ribbon, take some scissors and cut in a notch on each side. After that, hold them in place at the center and secure them by tying a piece of wire around them all tightly.
  3. Cut the remaining wire off and start peeling the ten loops one from the other, until the bow looks like a blossomed flower. Voila!

Martha Stewart’s Pyramid Ribbon Gift Bow

It’s impossible to not love this cute DIY bow by Martha Stewart, as it covers your whole gift box.

  1. Take a long ribbon and fold it in half. Place it on your gift box with the folded part on the bottom (like in the picture).
  2. Martha suggests taking a favor box and placing it on the top side of the ribbon, afterwards pulling the end to the top side of the box.
  3. Take the last two ends and thread them through the loop of the end that’s folded.
  4. Arrange the top loop to the middle of the box and take the ribbons at the bottom and slide them into the form of a triangle.
  5. Tightly pull the piece of ribbon and use the two ends to make a bow.
  6. Take the tails, pinch each ribbon in two and cut them in V shapes at the ends. All done!

Super Fancy Ribbon Gift Wrap

For a super elegant ribbon gift wrap inspired by Chatelaine, buy a long and wide piece of ribbon for this DIY project.

  1. Start by tying a double knot before anything else.
  2. Tie a bow by making 2 loops and knotting them together (just like your shoe laces). Make sure that the tails are long and lovely and that your loops are wide.
  3. Fold the tails halfway towards the bow and glue them in the middle.
  4. Cut in V shapes on the ends for extra class.

Wired Ribbon Gift Wrap

Have some fun with wired ribbon like this:

  1. Make two loops out of a long piece of wired ribbon and pinch them at the center (like in the image).
  2. Secure them in place at the middle with a piece of wire and hide it by wrapping a small piece of fabric in the center, which you have to glue at the back to keep in place.
  3. Pull the loops until your bow is symmetric and glue it on your gift box!

Image sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

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