I love making really nice looking bows, both for gifts, and to go in my hair. I like to coordinate ribbons with my outfits, but either can’t find the right color, or don’t want to spend the money on something I can make better at home. You don’t have to spend a whole lot of dough on ribbons. Hit the craft stores a month or so before a holiday or right after a holiday to get good prices, or visit your nearest dollar store that often has ribbons for cheap. Sometimes, fabric stores have remnants that can make good bows, too.
I bought the wonderful tool, the Darice Mini Bowdabra Bow Maker at my local Michael’s a few years ago, and it has been a star of my crafting arsenal, along with my hot glue gun, ever since. I bought the ribbon at my local Dollar King in their craft department. This bow was featured on August 9, 2013 Bodabra’s Feature Friday blog. How great is that?
I was used the bow to make Back to School Teacher Gifts. Come see how our Back to School Teacher Gifts came out. I also baked some Mocha Butterscotch Chip Cookies to put in the gift bag. Oh, the joy of kids going back to school!
Craft: Scrunchy Bow
- Bowdabra Craft Tool
- Blue ribbon
- Yellow tie off ribbon
- Florist Wire
- Make sure you have all your supplies handy before you start.
- Cut 12 inches of the yellow tie off ribbon and lay it horizontally in the Bowdabra.
- Lay a small part of the blue ribbon across over the yellow ribbon
- Make a loop and put the part on the other side, sliding it down so it is in the Bowdabra.
- Make another loop toward the other side. Continue doing this until the Bowdabra is almost full
- Use the wand to push the bow down.
- Now, remove the wand and bring the yellow ribbon up and tie off the bow. Don’t do it too tightly, because you still need to get the box out of the Bowdabra.
- Remove the ribbon from the Bowdabra by lifting it out and tie it securely.
- Take the ribbon in your hands and fluff out the ribbon, and make it symmetrical.
- Now tie the yellow ribbon in the back of the ribbon tightly to secure it.
- At this point you can add a trinket. I put my horse in the front of the ribbon.
- I then tied the ribbon around its neck.
- Then I made a bow with the remaining yellow ribbon for the finished product.
- When I want to attach it to the gift bag, I will tie some silver florist wire to it and secure it that way.
Of course, you can use any colors of ribbon you want to use. To make a scrunchy type of ribbon, however, you should not use a heavy weight ribbon.
Preparation time: 10 minute(s)
Number of ribbons (yield): 1
Crafting tradition: USA (Traditional)
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Craft by Adrienne Boswell.
Microformatting by hRecipe.