Gift wrap­ping

How to make a bow for a gift?

When prepar­ing a pre­sen­ta­tion, not only the pre­sen­ta­tion itself is impor­tant, but also its design and pre­sen­ta­tion. The recip­i­ent will be pleased to receive a beau­ti­ful­ly designed gift, and not a thing in an indus­tri­al pack­age. Some­times even one effec­tive­ly tied bow will be enough for the present to take on a fes­tive look.

How beautiful to tie?

Bows for pack­ag­ing can be made from dif­fer­ent mate­ri­als. One of the most com­mon is tex­tiles.

To assem­ble a neat bow, it is desir­able to choose a fab­ric that holds its shape ll. These include rep rib­bon, satin, satin, capron, organ­za or tulle. You can try a vel­vet nar­row braid.

It should be remem­bered that the design of gifts for men and women is dif­fer­ent. It is cus­tom­ary to dec­o­rate men’s presents, as ll as offi­cial sou­venirs, with clas­sic bows of a lacon­ic form, with­out dec­o­ra­tions and exces­sive pom­pos­i­ty.

Women, espe­cial­ly close ones, are allod to dec­o­rate rib­bons with var­i­ous details such as beads, rhine­stones, fringe, lace or but­tons, or by com­bin­ing sev­er­al types of mate­ri­als.

Con­sid­er sev­er­al options for tying gift bows.


For this shape, nar­row tapes are most suit­able.

The tying method is extreme­ly sim­ple.

  • Tape or tape is tak­en. Its length should match the size of the bow.
  • The select­ed mate­r­i­al is visu­al­ly divid­ed in half. Each half forms a loop in the form of an eye­let.
  • Then the right “ear” is super­im­posed on top of the left cross­wise. Con­tin­u­ing to wrap it around the left loop, tie a knot.
  • Care­ful­ly align the result­ing bow, alter­nate­ly pulling out the “ears”.
  • It is bet­ter to cut the ends of the result­ing bow diag­o­nal­ly, in a cor­ner or like a chil­dren’s flag.

It is nec­es­sary to ensure that the knot is even, with­out creas­es. You can use adhe­sive tape to attach the jel­ry to a box or gift bag.

Anoth­er sim­ple option from a nar­row satin rib­bon is to pre-tie the pack­age before fold­ing the bow. The algo­rithm of actions is the fol­low­ing.

  • First, the box or gift bag is mea­sured. To cal­cu­late the length of the tape, mea­sure the length of the lid and the height of the pack­age, the sec­ond val­ue is addi­tion­al­ly mul­ti­plied by two.
  • Based on the obtained data, the size of the tape is cal­cu­lat­ed. For this, the sum of the length of the lid and twice the height is found, which is then increased by 5 times. The result will be opti­mal.
  • Then begin to wrap the tape around the pack­age, for which its cen­ter is com­bined with the mid­dle of the box. To avoid dis­place­ment, you can use a small piece of dou­ble-sided tape.
  • Both ends cross on the oppo­site sur­face. The tape is then wrapped in a hor­i­zon­tal direc­tion. As a result, the tips should be where the whole pro­ce­dure began, near the mid­dle, fixed with tape.
  • They are thread­ed under the rib­bon and tied in a knot.
  • Next, a bow of the clas­si­cal form, described above, is fold­ed.
  • At the end of the oper­a­tion, the ends are neat­ly trimmed.

This design looks espe­cial­ly impres­sive on small box­es.

From satin ribbons

Atlas is the kind of mate­r­i­al that keeps its shape per­fect­ly, is not afraid of water and looks spec­tac­u­lar.

There are sev­er­al ways to tie satin rib­bons. One of them — the clas­sic one, was described above. The algo­rithm for oth­ers is pre­sent­ed below.

  • Dou­ble. For this design, you will need two tapes, dif­fer­ent in width and col­or. Next, the first strip, which will sub­se­quent­ly be exter­nal, must be fold­ed with an accor­dion. You need to lay as many folds as you want to get a bow. Lay the sec­ond strip (inter­nal) as fol­lows: cross the ends in the mid­dle, giv­ing a bow shape. To assem­ble the entire com­po­si­tion, you will need a third, nar­ror rib­bon. Fold­ed strips are super­im­posed on each oth­er and pulled togeth­er with braid. The knot is straight­ened, the ends are cut off.
  • In the form of a flor. You will need a long rib­bon to cre­ate the dec­o­ra­tion. It should be fold­ed with an accor­dion sev­er­al times. Then, with a nar­ror strip of mate­r­i­al, the wor­weiece is pulled togeth­er in the cen­ter. Next, care­ful­ly straight­en the loops. This should be done sym­met­ri­cal­ly on the left and right, start­ing from the inside. The result is a flor.

If, when fold­ing, lay loops of dif­fer­ent lengths, the petals will be grad­u­at­ed, and the dec­o­ra­tion will turn out to be mul­ti-lay­ered and spec­tac­u­lar.

  • “Dior”. Some call this method fan. To cre­ate an ele­gant bow, a sol­id-col­ored medi­um-width satin rib­bon is more suit­able. From it you need to cut three seg­ments, one 1.5 times larg­er than the oth­er. Each is glued or sewn into a ring. The seam is made in the mid­dle from the inside out. The parts over­lap each oth­er, start­ing with the larg­er one, and are fas­tened either with a sta­pler or with a cou­ple of stitch­es. Then anoth­er strip is cut out. Its length should be such that the ring made from it does not lie down, but stands, since it will be the mid­dle of the whole struc­ture.
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The fifth detail is the small­est. It is nec­es­sary to fas­ten all the ele­ments togeth­er. To do this, it is thread­ed into the mid­dle ring and all the parts are pulled togeth­er, clos­ing the con­nect­ing seams. The dec­o­ra­tion is ready. The more ele­ments will be used, the more mag­nif­i­cent the bow will turn out.

The option of mul­ti-col­ored rib­bons is appro­pri­ate for young and perky girls, chil­dren or girl­friends.

  • On a fork. Needle­women offer to dec­o­rate small box­es to pre­pare minia­ture bows tied with an ordi­nary table fork. They are con­ve­nient­ly made from nar­row satin or rep braid. The length of the seg­ment does not exceed 15 cen­time­ters. The algo­rithm of actions is the fol­low­ing.
    • Take a fork with four cloves.
    • We put the tape on top of it. The upper tip will be inop­er­a­tive, so leave it the length that it should be.
    • With the oth­er long end, wrap the fork around and thread it from the front side beten the mid­dle cloves, pulling it out from behind. In this case, the first tip should be under the work­er.
    • Then the work­ing end returns for­ward from above through the cen­tral hole of the fork.
    • After that, they wrap a non-work­ing tail from the bot­tom up, thread it into the result­ing loop and tight­en the knot.
    • The result­ing bow is removed from the fork and the tails are cut.

From kapron or organza

Nylon and organ­za rib­bons keep their shape per­fect­ly, while, unlike satin, very lush airy flors are obtained from them. This mate­r­i­al is great for cre­at­ing ter­ry and grad­u­at­ed dec­o­ra­tions.

As a basis, a nylon tape of any width is suit­able. The wider it is, the more mag­nif­i­cent the dec­o­ra­tion will turn out. Sev­er­al addi­tions should be made, how many petals there will be depends on their num­ber. Then in the mid­dle on both sides cut out pieces in the form of tri­an­gles. Please note that there should be a jumper equal to one third of the width of the tape. At this point, the part is pulled togeth­er by anoth­er short seg­ment. The final touch is pulling the loops in dif­fer­ent direc­tions. Start from the inside and work your way up to the out­side.

Unlike a satin ter­ry flor, this bow is more airy and light.

Also for minia­ture jel­ry box­es, you can tie bows using a fork. The algo­rithm of actions for cre­at­ing a sim­ple form is sim­i­lar to the method described for satin rib­bons. And now give instruc­tions for a more com­plex one.

  • You will need a braid of organ­za in two shades, 7 and 5 cm long.
  • A long strip is wound beten the teeth of the fork in a checker­board pat­tern: first from above, then from below. You need to start doing this in one direc­tion, then in the oth­er, until 5 lev­els are formed on top of each oth­er.
  • After that, a short seg­ment is thread­ed under the first at the base of the fork beten the cen­tral cloves and stretched so that its mid­dle is in the cen­ter.
  • Next, the wound strip is pulled togeth­er and tied into a knot.
  • Then you should remove the struc­ture from the fork, straight­en the “ears” and cut off the ends. The result is a dou­ble mini-bow.

Kanzashi technique

The most beau­ti­ful and com­plex dec­o­ra­tions are obtained using the Japan­ese kan­za­shi tech­nique. To cre­ate bows will require patience, per­se­ver­ance and painstak­ing work.

Con­sid­er a few sim­ple meth­ods for obtain­ing a flor bow.


  1. Two satin rib­bons of the same col­or are tak­en. One is 2 cm wide, the oth­er is 5 cm wide.
  2. From each you need to cut 6 blanks for the petals.
  3. First, the first lev­el is assem­bled from wide parts. Each ele­ment is fold­ed in half and strung with a nee­dle on a com­mon thread with a “nee­dle for­ward” seam.
  4. When all the petals of the first row are col­lect­ed, they are pulled togeth­er. Sim­i­lar­ly, the sec­ond lev­el is assem­bled from a nar­row tape.
  5. Then the small tier is super­im­posed on the large one and they are sewn togeth­er. The mid­dle is dec­o­rat­ed with a bead.
  6. Beten the lay­ers, you can add var­i­ous dec­o­ra­tions in the form of feath­ers, organ­za, shiny thin wires.


Cut at least 16–17 pieces of 10 cm from satin braid. From them you need to fold the petals in the form of bags. The ends are wrapped inward and fas­tened with glue. You can use trans­par­ent “Moment”.

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Then assem­bly begins with a thread with a nee­dle. The first row con­sists of 3 petals, the next tier — of 5 pieces, the next — of 7 and so on. The mid­dle is dec­o­rat­ed with an arti­fi­cial stone or bead.

Step-by-step instructions for creating a paper decoration

In addi­tion to a tex­tile bow, you can make a sim­i­lar paper dec­o­ra­tion with your own hands. It will turn out to be no less fes­tive.

Unlike fab­ric, paper is always avail­able in any home, more­over, its cost is much less than tape. Hov­er, in order to get a beau­ti­ful lush bow that can com­pete with a fab­ric one, it is nec­es­sary to make mark­ings and fold the blanks cor­rect­ly.

It is bet­ter to prac­tice on drafts first.

Simple Options

All of us in child­hood col­lect­ed “accor­dions” from paper. Now, if you assem­ble one of col­ored paper and inter­cept it with a jumper in the cen­ter, you get the sim­plest ver­sion of the dec­o­ra­tion.

Try fold­ing 3 or 4 rec­tan­gles of dif­fer­ent col­ors like an accor­dion. Each sub­se­quent one should be slight­ly short­er than the pre­vi­ous one. Parts are nest­ed into each oth­er and fas­tened with a small piece in the mid­dle. It turns out sim­ple, but orig­i­nal.

You can use ordi­nary paper nap­kins for dec­o­ra­tion. Take 5–6 pieces, unfold them and put them togeth­er. After the whole pack must be fold­ed as fol­lows: start in half, then in half again, then bend the cor­ner and get a tri­an­gu­lar blank. From it you need to cut a piece in the shape of a petal. Make sure that its base is in that part of the wor­weiece, which is the cen­ter of all nap­kins. After unfold­ing, you will see sev­er­al flors. They should be sewn togeth­er, care­ful­ly straight­en the result­ing ter­ry dec­o­ra­tion and attach it to the pack­age.

Using Templates

For paper mod­els, tem­plates are the eas­i­est way out. Even a child can make such a dec­o­ra­tive bow.

You will need two blanks. One is in the shape of a but­ter­fly, where the tips of the planned bow pro­trude instead of wings. The sec­ond is sim­i­lar to the fig­ure eight, the jumper of which is the site of the knot. The part cut out accord­ing to the sec­ond tem­plate is glued togeth­er so that the “ears” of the fig­ure eight fold­ed into bow loops. Then the result­ing ele­ment is glued to the one that is cut out accord­ing to the first tem­plate. With a nar­row paper strip, both parts are seized in the cen­ter, form­ing a false knot.

The con­nect­ing seam of the last part is best done from the wrong side.

lush paper flor

To fold such a bow, you will need a lot of papyrus paper. You can take any oth­er, but it must be thin. Oth­er­wise, it will be dif­fi­cult to cut some­thing out of it.

At the first stage, an “accor­dion” is assem­bled from a long and wide paper tape. Its width depends on the desired size of the petals. The more folds, the more mag­nif­i­cent the flor will turn out.

Fur­ther, the edges at both ends are cut off in a semi­cir­cle or oth­er shape. It all depends on the desire of the mas­ter. After that, it is nec­es­sary to tie a thread, nar­row rib­bon or braid in the mid­dle. Then you should care­ful­ly straight­en the petals, direct­ing them in dif­fer­ent direc­tions. You will get a very lush flor, almost a ball, which is easy to attach to any pack­age.


The Japan­ese tech­nique of fold­ing var­i­ous paper fig­ures is just right for dec­o­rat­ing presents. Of course, a cer­tain amount of patience and paper­work will be required, as it may take a long time to rehearse.

From cut paper strips, you can assem­ble sev­er­al options for dec­o­ra­tions.

  • In the form of a star. To make a bow, cut sev­er­al nar­row strips. Each must be fold­ed in the shape of a fig­ure eight so that the ends are inside in the cen­ter. It is bet­ter to fix all the details with glue first. Hav­ing thus pre­pared at least 8 ele­ments, fold them togeth­er from the wrong side and fas­ten with a sta­pler. In the cen­ter, to close the junc­tion, glue one strip glued with a ring. It can be replaced with a bead or oth­er dec­o­ra­tive ele­ment.
  • In the shape of a chrysan­the­mum. Pre­pare a long piece of paper. It is fold­ed sev­er­al times and nar­rod in the mid­dle on both sides, mak­ing tri­an­gu­lar cutouts. Then in this place they are tied up with a nar­row rib­bon or rope. The loops are care­ful­ly straight­ened in dif­fer­ent direc­tions. Each “eye” is cut into nar­ror strips from the fold to the mid­dle. The result is a dou­ble flor.
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  • Looped flor. Print­er col­ored paper of three col­ors is suit­able as a mate­r­i­al. First, a cir­cle with a diam­e­ter of 3 cen­time­ters is cut out. It will be the base of the flor. Then mul­ti-col­ored strips of 8 pieces of each shade 1 cm wide are cut. The lengths will be dif­fer­ent: 25, 22 and 19 cm. Each part must be fold­ed in the form of a petal and the tips glued togeth­er. Then the ele­ments are assem­bled into a com­mon com­po­si­tion. First, the first lev­el of longer petals is even­ly glued to the base, then the sec­ond, fol­lod by the third. Each sub­se­quent row fits into the gaps beten the petals of the pre­vi­ous lev­el. In the final, the junc­tion is closed with a bead, but­ton or appliqué.

  • Anoth­er ver­sion of the flor from the loops. You will need to cut strips 1.5 by 25 cm in size. Depend­ing on the expect­ed splen­dor, their num­ber varies from 8 to 20 pieces. The edges of each strip are glued togeth­er, form­ing petals. Then they begin to grad­u­al­ly attach to each oth­er at the place of the seams. As a result, the cir­cle will close, form­ing a flor. A cen­tral dec­o­ra­tion is cut out of beau­ti­ful paper or post­cards. It can be dec­o­rat­ed with beads, beads, scrap­book­ing appliqués and oth­er ele­ments.

from gift ribbon

The gift rib­bon is con­ve­nient because its edges do not crum­ble, it keeps its shape per­fect­ly, and is not afraid of mois­ture. In addi­tion, such a mate­r­i­al is made of spe­cial high-strength paper, it is dif­fi­cult to tear it across and eas­i­ly split along the fibers. The paper-plas­tic struc­ture of the bow allows you to fas­ten it with tape, sta­pler or glue.

Pack­ing tape is sold in dif­fer­ent widths, lengths and in a wide vari­ety of shades. It is bet­ter to choose a bow in a con­trast­ing col­or so that it does not merge with the pack­ag­ing.

Con­sid­er sev­er­al options for tying.

  1. Sim­ple. You will need a piece of rib­bon with a length equal to two lengths of the fin­ished bow. The ends are glued with tape or con­nect­ed with a sta­pler, form­ing a ring from the flat. Next, anoth­er small seg­ment is cut out, which will play the role of a knot. The ring is flat­tened so that the seam is in the mid­dle. It is closed with a sec­ond blank, glu­ing its ends from the wrong side.
  2. dou­ble bow. The algo­rithm of actions is sim­i­lar to the first method, but there are one more blanks. It is nec­es­sary to make 2 rings of dif­fer­ent diam­e­ters. When assem­bling the bow design, the small­er part should be on top of the large one. The third piece of tape pulls the rings in the mid­dle, imi­tat­ing a knot.

Ele­ments can be of dif­fer­ent col­ors, which will make the bow more effec­tive.

How to use a purchased bow?

If there is very lit­tle time to dec­o­rate a pre­sen­ta­tion or needle­work is not your strong point, then it is quite pos­si­ble to get by with a pur­chased option.

Attach­ing a ready-made bow to a gift is easy, the main thing is to choose an ele­ment that is suit­able in col­or, shape and size. Spe­cial­ized out­lets offer a wide range of sim­i­lar prod­ucts. As a rule, they are made of gift paper rib­bon, which is char­ac­ter­ized by a vari­ety of shades, pat­terns and shapes.

The edges can be per­fo­rat­ed, pat­terned. There are foil options, more bril­liant and inter­est­ing. The shape of the fin­ished bows is dif­fer­ent: very lush, con­sist­ing of a large num­ber of loops, clas­sic, with con­i­cal or tri­an­gu­lar “ears”, in the form of a flor, in the form of a tie, and so on. The length also varies. If you want to wrap the box, then choose bows with spe­cial ends for this. With­out tying, the dec­o­ra­tion is attached to tape or glue.

The fin­ished bow is assem­bled eas­i­ly. Man­u­fac­tur­ers have pro­vid­ed a cer­tain mech­a­nism that does not require extra effort from the buy­er. It is enough to pull on the spe­cial rib­bons, and the rib­bon itself will gath­er into a bow.

The shape of the tips is giv­en as desired, but most often they are already trimmed for pur­chased options.

Ideas for inspiration

Bows for dec­o­rat­ing presents are the best.

Even the sim­plest of them can turn ordi­nary pack­ag­ing into a fes­tive one.

For men, col­leagues and part­ners, use the clas­sic form. It is con­cise, ele­gant and at the same time effec­tive.

For gifts to moth­ers, grand­moth­ers and girl­friends, paper dec­o­ra­tions made by one­self or togeth­er with chil­dren are per­fect.

You can learn how to tie a beau­ti­ful bow on a gift in the next video.