DIY holiday ribbons and bows

Wire-Edge Ribbon Rose

MATERIALS (for one)

  • 2 feet of ribbon
  1. Cut a 22" length of wire-edge ribbon. Tie a knot in one end; pull taut. Poke copper wire end out along one side at opposite end. Loosely gather ribbon along this wire down to knot as shown.

  2. Continue gathering until entire side is ruffled and curling naturally. Leave wire end free, do not cut off. Hold knot in left hand and begin to shape rose by wrapping ruffled ribbon around knot. Wrap tightly at first to form a "bud", then continue wrapping loosely so that the rose flares out into an open flower shape.

  3. At end, fold raw egde down to meet gathered edge, as shown by dotted line. Secure rose by catching in free end with wire and wrapping around knot tightly; cut off wire end. Adjust rose "petals" as needed by ruffling or crumpling as desired.
Florist Bow

MATERIALS (for one)

  • 3 yards of ribbon
  1. 8" from one end of ribbon, pinch firmly between thumb and index finger.

  2. Make a 5" loop (half the size of finished bow) pinch tightly. If ribbon is one-sided, twist length to right side. Make second loop and pinch over first two pinches.

  3. Repeat this process forming 4 loops on each side.

  4. Make a center knot by forming a small loop over your thumb, pinch and wire all loops together, trim excess. Wire 14" length to back for tails.
Guest: Ron Brown

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