Have you ever looked at a perfectly wrapped gift and thought to yourself, “I wish I could do that”? Some people definitely have a knack for creating beautiful, professional-looking wrapped gifts, while others prefer the “throw it in a bag and top with some tissue paper” method.
While there’s nothing wrong with the “bag” method, there is definitely something to be said for presenting a gift to clients, friends, or family that has nicely folded corners and a perfectly crafted bow. And to receive a gift that’s wrapped like a work of art is so exciting, too. The anticipation of unwrapping a beautifully wrapped gift makes the whole experience a thrill!
The good news is that even if you have zero skill for creating a perfectly tied bow, it’s really not that hard to learn. All you need are some clear instructions (keep reading!) and maybe a little bit of practice. Before you know it, you’ll be getting headhunted for the gift-wrapping booth at the mall!
So, here are two methods with step by step instructions for tying a perfect bow. We highly recommend that you experiment on a nice, perfectly shaped box of chocolates. You can then happily rip it open and reward yourself with a high quality, delicious chocolate treat.
Decide on the type of ribbon and measure at least three times (four to be extra safe) the total length of the circumference of the package. It will depend on the size of your final bow but remember – you can always trim the excess off at the end. (This is why practicing helps!)
Bring the two ends of the ribbon together to find the middle, and place it over the center of the package on the side of the package that you want the bow to be. In other words, start by laying the ribbon along the “top” of the package.
You can either go the long or short way if the package is rectangular – it will all come out the same in the end. For more advanced wrapping, you can experiment with moving the center point to the side so that the bow is created artfully off-center.
Make sure the ribbon is laying flat along the package, then carefully flip the box over and bring the ribbon up and around to the opposite side. Bring the ribbon together at the center of the back of the box, and twist the ribbon across itself so that it is now oriented along the other lengths of the package.
Bring together the lengths of the ribbon to the top of the package, back to the center where you started. Tie the ribbon in a simple knot *under* the point where the ribbons meet, and then tie a second knot *on top of* where the ribbons meet.
*Tip: don’t tie the knots so tight that the gift receiver won’t be able to open them again.
Start your bow by taking the two loose ends and bringing up one end in a loop, pinch at the base, and loop the other ribbon around the base, then under, and through the loop. Pull taut.
Fluff up the loops of the bow – you may have to sort of twist them flat and tug at the tails a bit so that they are nice and round and even.
Trim the excess ribbon off with sharp scissors. You can to this at an angle or for extra flare, cut an inverted V shape so that it looks highly professional.
Bunny Ears Bow
This is a nice and simple bow that has a slightly different look than the standard bow described above. For this sweet little bow, follow Steps 1-4 the same as above.
Form two evenly sized loops, one in each hand, creating “bunny ears.”
Take the loop in your right hand and cross it over the base of the loop in your left hand.
Fold the right loop behind the left, then thread it back through the center. Next, feed the right loop through the space in the center, then pull both loops taut so that they create a knot/bow!
Adjust the loops of the bow so that they are even and round. You can angle them up for a classic shape or make them nice and round based on your personal preference.
Once you practice a time or two, these tricks will be second nature and you won’t have to think twice about it. If you master the art of tying a bow, you don’t even have to really worry about the wrapping part (although that’s a fun skill to perfect, too). A simple and perfectly tied bow is really all you need to up the ante of a gift for your clients and friends.
And really, a box of chocolates is such a perfect gift (and the perfect shape to practice your newly acquired bow tying skills) for any and all occasions. Especially chocolates that are high quality and offer a variety of flavors.
You can even get customized boxes from Totally Chocolate that either customize the chocolates inside, and/or create personalized images directly on the box. This really removes the need to wrap the gift, because the box itself is a work of art. You can choose from their gorgeous pre-made graphic designs, or choose imagery that is special to you! Either way, the recipient of this gift is sure to be excited.
The most important thing to remember is to have fun with it. Gift giving is a joy! Maybe even more fun and satisfying than receiving a gift. And of course, it’s really what’s on the inside that counts, but a perfect bow never hurts.