Gift ribbon bows are a wonderful type of decoration because they turn gifts from ordinary into something truly special. The right bow will add real happiness to any gift. Your bow will make a gift a unique present from you and add a touching personal theme because in a world of pre-packaged goods, you can make any gift unique with just a little effort.
Where did Gift Ribbon Bows come from?
During the Renaissance period in Europe, gift ribbon bows evolved from hair bows. Hair decorations became more popular as society rela xed a bit about what women could wear. New materials were being developed and discovered in the New World and the Orient so the new middle classes quickly developed a taste for the unusual and the brightly colored textiles being produced and they spent their money on looking good, just like we do today. The Renaissance produced new textiles and dyes that made looking unique much easier.
Time passed and the middle classes grew, and by the Regency period and the Georgian era, a vast range of different textiles and dyes were available and were getting cheaper all the time. Hair bows have been around for a long time but now textiles were so cheap that poor children would sell hair bows on the street to passers-by. As a result, everyone from sailors to tailors had bows in their hair.
Sometime in the late 19th century, the tradition of wrapping presents came along. People had the money to spend on gifts and more. Now people wanted to make their gifts look good under the Christmas tree. Gift ribbon bows were an instant hit. They were cheap, easy, looked amazing and could be reused. How many little kids preferred the bow to the present itself? Once you took the bow off you could tie your hair up with it or put it on the next present for someone else.
Cosmetic bows aren’t weapons you hang on the wall. A cosmetic bow is a gift ribbon bow you can stick on to anything. Very often they are only the bow and not the ribbon. Usually, a cosmetic bow can be stuck onto a gift with some non-residue glue and it will look fantastic. A cosmetic bow does not cost very much and is the easiest to apply so you can put them in your hair or on your presents, or anywhere else that needs some cheerfulness.
A package ribbon bow is the traditional gift box bow. You will have seen them in Hollywood movies going back all the way to the 1920s. A nice box with a ribbon strip on each side and topped with a bow. A package ribbon bow is the best way to present something that is already in a nice box so you do not have to wrap it in paper and hide the quality. They add an exciting look to any present and delight children and adults alike.
If you want to know how to tie a package ribbon bow, look at our guide below!
You can have any color you want for your gift ribbon bow. A red wine bow tie is a classic color choice. A red wine bow tie looks good on nearly any color combination but most certainly against white, black, cream, or gray.
Similarly, another classic color choice is the chocolate bow tie. First of all, when you are choosing your gift box bow, think about a chocolate bow tie, it is a rich, neutral color that will go well with many different types of box and presents.
Having difficulty choosing? We recommend a chocolate bow tie or a red wine bow tie but you can choose any color you like besides. In fact, our advice is to take the box or paper with you to your local haberdashery or sewing shop and compare the colors. If you are having difficulty tying them, take a look at our guide below.
Making a gift ribbon bow is easy when you know how. A bit of practice will make you a master in no time. You will need a length of the ribbon of your choice and a flat surface you can work comfortably.
The first step for tying a gift ribbon bow is to measure your ribbon. Get the object you want to put a gift ribbon bow tie around and measure how long it needs to be to go all the way around with some to spare for the bow. If you are tying a bow to go on top, use a long length for a big bow and a short length for a smaller one. Then, before you cut your ribbon, use a spare piece of ribbon or string and tie the bow you want in it. You will save a lot of ribbon by testing it first.
Before you cut remember the old saying: measure twice and cut once. Use a sharp pair of scissors or you will get blunt ends. You can cut a straight right angle or a 45-degree angle. How you cut it depends on how you want it to look when it is tied. If you have enough ribbon you can try an experiment to see which you like most.
Take each end of the ribbon and make a loop on each end with the ends of the loops meeting in the middle of the ribbon. When you are making the loops, turn them upwards so you can see the backs of your hands. Bring both of the loops together and create a loop between the two loops.
Then, the next step is to take the left loop and cross it over the top of the right loop so a hook is created for the next step.
Next, the left loop is over the top of the right loop. Pull the top of the left loop down and through the bottom loop that connects the two loops. The left loop should be pulled behind the right loop after it has crossed it.
Next, taking each loop, pull gently but firmly in opposite directions. The knot will tighten at the middle and you should have two equal loops on each side. Furthermore, before you pull the knot tight, take a look to see if your loops are the same size. If they are, pull it tight. If they are not, readjust a little bit so they are equal. Once you have pulled the loop tight, you will have creased your ribbon, so it is important to get this step right.
Finally, if you are tying the ribbon around a box or gift, your loop has to be in the middle. A ribbon bow can be trimmed and stuck onto whatever you want to make pretty. Importantly, stick it on with glue that does not leave a residue if you are putting it on a nice box. With wrapping paper, it does not matter.
The method we have shown you is only one of many. Have fun experimenting and adding gift box bows to everything!