I have three girls that have for a mother a girly girl.

What does this mean?

I love bows and they do too.

You’ll be surprise of  how easy it is to make a bow.

Let me show you.



15” of ribbon for the main bow.

2” of ribbon for the bow’s knot.

Glue gun, scissors and small elastic bands.




The size of the ribbon will determine how big your bow will be.

I like to use a 15” long  piece of ribbon.

The first thing you are going to do is to place the ribbon upside down on top of a table .



Bring the top left corner down, as it’s showed on the picture.



Then bring the bottom right corner up.



Press the ribbon together, holding the middle and making the shape of a bow.



Hold the bow together placing an elastic band in the middle.

After it is secured you can adjust the bow making sure it looks just right.



With the help of a pair of scissors trim the ends to your like.



Now it is time to finish it!

Use a 2” piece of ribbon and loosely make a knot with it.

This would be placed in the middle of the bow to cover the elastic band.



Keeping the small piece of ribbon in place turn the bow around.

Add a little bit of hot glue to the back of it.

Make sure the glue won’t touch the elastic band.

Watch your fingers, please don’t get burned!



Fold the other side of the ribbon on top of the hot glue.

Press it together to make sure it holds.

Then cut the excess ribbon.


Turn it around… You are done!

You can add a hair clip on the back of it to decorate headbands or just embellish your hair.


Wasn’t that easy?

I will be back tomorrow showing you what I’m using this particular bow for.

A fun project is coming up!


Happy Monday!




Hi there! After years of working in interior design, I fueled my passion for DIY into my own little corner dedicated to creativity. I am grateful that blogging has given me the opportunity to do what I love and share my passion for transforming, creating and reinventing with our readers.

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30 Responses to How to make a perfect bow

  1. paras says:

    wow… It was easy to make… Thanx Desiree… :)

  2. GABy says:

    Yey I been trying to learn how to make cute bows for my girls with no success so excited to give it a try it looks super easy thank you! Love your tutorials! I’m from Monterrey Mexico! And I am glad to know a little bit of English so I can read your tutorials thanks for sharing it ! Love your recipes too!

    • Desiree says:

      Gaby, bienvenida a The 36th AVENUE.
      Tu ingles es estupendo. Yo soy una española viviendo en Los Estados Unidos, asi que cuando quieras hablamos español.
      Gracias por tu comentario y por pasarte for aqui.


  3. Kristie says:

    This was so easy…. No sewing… Love it…. Thanks

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