Whether embellishing a wreath or topping a gift, a beautiful bow adds the wow factor in any presentation. Making your own bows is easier than you might think. Watch our quick video or read below for step-by-step instructions on how to make a bow.


  • Block of Styrofoam
  • Two 6″ dowel rods (or cut to size)
  • Three yards of ribbon, 1 ½” up to 3″ wide (we recommend wired ribbon)
  • Floral wire
  • Straight pin
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape


Note: The bigger the space between the dowel poles, the bigger the bow. In the video, we make a standard-size bow. If you want to create a tree topper bow, place the dowels about 12 to 14 inches apart and use a longer piece of ribbon.

Step 1: Push dowels into foam about 6 inches apart for a standard bow.

Step 2: Pin about 6 inches of the tail of the ribbon to one side of the Styrofoam bow maker.

Step 3: Wrap the length of the ribbon around the dowels in a figure 8 pattern, leaving about 6 inches on the end.

Step 4: Slide a piece of floral wire under the center of the ribbon, pulling it tight and twisting to secure the bow.

Step 5: Slide the bow off the dowel poles and separate and fluff the loops to shape the bow.

Step 6: Trim the ends of the ribbon, cutting at an angle.


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