French Country Gift Box and Banner with Bow-Maker tutorial
Today on the blog, I am revealing my project for the May Arts Ribbon Design Team Final Round. I will also be sharing a tutorial on how to create your own Bow Maker Tool so you can quickly and easily tie perfect ribbons every time.
I think the hardest thing about this project was choosing which gorgeous May Arts ribbons to use! I spent a long time perusing the online catalog searching for just the right ribbons to use in my French Country Gift Box and Banner. From all the hundreds of scrumptious ribbons, I narrowed the selection down to these 7:
I combined these gorgeous ribbons with Graphic 45 French Country papers and accents to create a gift box and banner.
The box contains a banner made from 3 1/4″x 5″ pockets. The pockets are strung together using the 1/8 inch solid/stitched ribbon and double stick tape. I alternated the ribbon so that it runs under one pocket and over the next.
I don’t want to go into all the details of making the box and the banner. Instead, I want to focus on a tutorial for creating your own bow maker tool. I get lots of questions about how I tie my bows… single, double and triple. By using this tool, you will have good results every time. Best of all, the tool can be made with simple items you have on hand right now. So let’s begin.
How to create your own Bow Maker Tool
To create this tool, you will need the following items:
Heavy chipboard, a ruler, a sharpie marker in a dark color, sharp scissors and/or a craft knife.
Start by cutting a 3″x3″ square of heavy chipboard. On the bottom edge, measure in 1 1/2″ and make a mark. Measure 1/8″ on either side of this point and make another mark. From each of these marks, measure up 1 1/2 inches and make a mark. Connect each of the top marks with the bottom marks, then cut with a sharp scissor or craft knife. Then cut the small space between the two top marks to form a slit. It should look like this:
While holding the ribbon that is in your left hand in place, run the ribbon in your right hand all the way around the tool.
Pull the ribbon all the way through the opening, and then come back up through the bottom of the slit:
I generally stick my thumb and index finger of my left hand into the loops to “fluff” them and make sure they are even. When you are happy with the way the bow looks, simply tighten the two ends, trim the tails and use a glue dot or hot glue to attach to your project. For the little envelopes in the banner, I ran a length of May Arts ribbon around the packaging and then glued the bow in the center with a dab of hot glue.
You can also use this tool to make double or triple bows. You will need to start with a longer ribbon: about 18″ for a double bow and 28″ for a triple bow. Simply keep wrapping the ribbon around the tool for as many loops as you desire, and then finish off as before. I have made this tool in three sizes: 3″ as seen in this tutorial, and then 2 3/8″ for smaller bows and 4″ for larger bows:
Here are some samples of different sized bows tied with the bow making tool:
Here we have a single loop bow, a double loop bow and a triple loop bow…each one easy to tie using the bow making tool. If the edges of your bow seem “flat” you can insert a pencil inside the loops and roll the ribbon around it to fluff them up. Then you just sort of “telescope” the individual loops, starting with the innermost loop. It makes for a very pretty bow!
I hope you will find it easier to create beautiful bows with May Arts Ribbon when you use this simple tool. It’s good to practice with inexpensive seam binding before you start using your special May Arts ribbon. Once you get the hang of using this tool, you’ll have a perfect bow every time!
Thanks for stopping by the blog today. I had fun sharing this project and tutorial with you. I’d like to thank May Arts ribbons for providing me with the ribbons, and for inviting me to enter the May Arts Ribbon Design Team Final Round. I’ll be on pins and needles until the decisions are made. If I can help you in any way, or if you have any questions about making and using this simple bow making tool, please don’t hesitate to ask. Thanks for all the kind comments…they make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers. Until next time,