How to Tie a Bow

While you might think you already know how to tie a bow--after all, you tie your shoelaces all the time, don't you?--the "one loop" method that most people use with shoelaces doesn't produce the most symmetrical bow with ribbon. But, with a little tweaking of your technique, you can be well on your way to making beautiful bows in no time!

  1. Cross the two ends and loop one under (the same way you start when you tie your shoes).
  2. Make one side into a loop. If you are tying a ribbon, make sure it doesn't twist.
  3. Make the other side into an identical loop.
  4. Cross the two loops and pull the one on top through the hole between them (the same motion you made in step one).
  5. Pull tightly. The bow will look messy at this point.
  6. Adjust the loops and loose ends so that they are even.

Make sure the two sides are the same length before you start to ensure evenness in the end.

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