If you’re using a two-sided ribbon, you have the option of eliminating the twist under each loop that places the appearance side of the ribbon on top. If you choose not to twist each loop, the wire tie will still pull the ribbon edges together.
Step 1: Cut a piece of wire about 8 to 10 inches long and set aside. Unspool about a yard of ribbon and curl the end over to form the first and smallest loop. Pinch the ribbon together underneath and hold it gathered in your fingertips.
Good to Know: Overlap the end of the ribbon within the loop enough to keep it from coming loose. The first loop can be pinched, but for additional loops you’ll twist the ribbon enough to pull the edges together and flip the ribbon back over.
Step 2: Create the second loop about the same diameter as the first. While holding the loops in place with one hand, twist the ribbon to gather it underneath.
Step 3: Form a third loop about 50 percent larger that the first two. Twist it underneath while you hold the loops in place. Repeat to make the fourth loop about the same size.
Step 4: Increase the diameter of the next two loops, twisting each loop underneath.
Step 5: Form the seventh and eighth loops. You can add more as you like, with the final two loops being the largest you want on the bow.
Step 6: Make one final loop large enough to cut the two tails that will hang down on the finished wreath. Pinch together the edges of the cut end of the ribbon.
Step 7: Fold the piece of wire in half and wrap it around all of the loops. Use needle-nose pliers to twist the surplus wire tight enough to hold the loops in place. (Leave the surplus wire to attach the bow to a wreath later.)
Step 8: Cut the large loop to make two strips of equal length. Then make angled cuts on both ends.
Step 9: Fan the loops out to distribute them evenly in a circle. Avoid pulling hard enough to tug them loose from the wire. Use the remaining strands of wire to tie the bow to the wreath, decoration, or present of your choice. Pull the tails straight down and make any final changes to the arrangement of the loops.