I have coordinated several Frozen, Cinderella, Gender Reveal, and Baby Shower themed events this month. I have managed to collect tons of light blue ribbons in the process. Luckily I ran across a tutorial on Pinterest that showed me how to use utilize those scraps. I am no professional bow maker, but even I can do this. I tweaked her method just a tad, but you can find hers here.
- I began by gathering my coordinating ribbons and cutting them all around 8” long.
- Next I laid out my widest ribbon. For me it was the tulle. I took two pieces and formed an x.
- I then took the next two widest and made a cross.
- I took the next widest and made another x.
- I continued layering until I reached my thinnest ribbon.
- I then tied the center with a mini pony tail holder. I always have these for my girls, but if you don’t they are about 100 for $1.00 at any dollar store. If you have craft wire, then that is probably a better option. I just needed this to be a no cost project.
Most bow makers will encourage you to heat seal the ribbon edges from the very beginning. I have made a few bows, and it works best for me to seal them at this level. I often have to trim the ribbon if it doesn’t quite line up the way that I want it, so I just wait for this step.
- For the mini center bow I laid out 8″ pieces of ribbon (each bow requires 2).
- I creased the center for a target
- I placed a bit of glue on the right side of the crease and folded it over.
- I placed a bit of glue on the left side of the crease and folded it over.
- I flipped the ribbon over and placed a dot of glue in the center and folded.
- I then attached two together and glued to the center of the scrap bow.
- I hot glued a thin coordinating ribbon to the center of the bow just above the mini pony tail holder.
- I held the pony-o in place, and wrapped the thin ribbon around it several times. I placed a dot of glue each time.