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