How To Choose Ribbon Colors And Patterns For Multi Ribbon Bow Making

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The first part of making any good wreath is making a show-stopping bow. There’s a lot that goes into bow making, but it all starts with color. If you are overwhelmed with choices, I’m happy to help you learn how to choose ribbon colors for bow making.

These tips will get into the process of picking out colors and patterns that will do well in a multi ribbon bow.

How to Choose Ribbon Colors and Patterns for Multi Ribbon Bow Making

How To Choose Ribbon Colors: Essential Tips

There are seriously so many prints and sizes of ribbons! It’s easy to just get really overwhelmed and not know what to do. So how do you make the best choices? Which colors and prints go best together? Can you use different prints in the same multi-ribbon bow?

This little guide is going to answer all of your questions! Once you read through these tips, you’ll be able to match colors and prints like a pro!

1. Use A Solid To Match Different Patterns

When you are trying to mix different prints – like an animal print and vertical stripes – use a solid-colored ribbon to unify the two.

The solid prints are what bind everything together. Prints that might not look good together at first will make a lot more sense when you add that solid print.

When you choose the solid print, make sure it is the same shade as the focal ribbon. It should seamlessly bring everything together without standing out.

2. Build Off A Three-Color Ribbon

Another way to choose other ribbons is to start with a ribbon with three colors in it and then choose two other ribbons containing one of those three colors.

No matter what kind of print you have, if the other ribbons you choose contain one of the colors on the first ribbon, they will all go together.

I usually call that first ribbon the focal ribbon. That’s the one I reference when I pick out the other colors.

3. Focus On Texture

When I talk about texture, I am referring to both visual texture (different patterns) and tactile texture (or texture you can feel with your fingers).

When you pair your patterns together, try to add lots of texture. This will give your wreath depth and visual interest.

4. Pull From Your Sign To Choose Ribbon Colors

If you are adding a sign to your wreath, pull colors from the sign and use them in your ribbons. Any color on the sign – even accent colors or cream and white colors – are all fantastic choices for ribbons.

When you match the ribbons to your sign, you are creating more unity between all the different parts.

As you try to use ribbons that coordinate with the sign, pay close attention to the different shades you are using – those should match too. For example, a holly leaf on a Christmas sign will be a darker green than a lime green from a summertime sign.

5. Vary Your Ribbon Sizes

When you add ribbons of different sizes, you are creating visual texture within the bow. The focal ribbon should always have the dominant pattern. Then, use different widths of ribbons to match it.

Sometimes I will use printed ribbons in larger sizes and then unify them with a solid ribbon in a smaller size.

Watch The Video: How To Choose Ribbon Colors & Patterns For Bows

If you prefer to watch a video, check it out below!

Final Thoughts

There you have it! Have fun and start pulling out ribbons with similar colors and alternating patterns. You will be surprised at how much fun it is to start creating your own works of art!

Once you learn the basics of how to choose ribbon colors and patterns, you will look forward to the fun of multi-ribbon bow making.

If you enjoy this and want to learn more on how to get started with wreath making, try my Wreath Making 101 Workshop!

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How to Choose Ribbon Colors and Patterns for Multi Ribbon Bow Making


  1. SANDRA on November 24, 2021 at 6:21 am

    where do you get your beautiful signs and ribbon?

  2. Judy Nadeau on November 24, 2021 at 7:16 am

    Tips and video really helped picking out ribbon.
    Adding the solid color was the best tip.

    Picking out texture or patterns from the sign features also another great tip.


  3. Joann on November 24, 2021 at 9:43 am

    Hi Julie. I love this video of how to choose ribbons for signs. One question. When making your bow for that wreath can you use different ribbons then what you use for your ties? Like maybe one different ribbon. Thank you.

  4. Julia O on November 24, 2021 at 9:53 am

    I wish the UK had the variety of ribbon the US have. So limited here, you’re bows always look fantastic.

  5. Joan wheat on November 24, 2021 at 10:04 am

    Where can I purchase the pinecone ribbon you used in the demo

    • Julie Siomacco on December 1, 2021 at 11:28 am

      I purchased that one wholesale.

  6. DEANNA PINKARD on November 24, 2021 at 11:00 pm

    I always thought I was pretty good at coordinating colors but this is HUGE!!!!! I tried to stay away from mixing patterns but now I can’t wait!! Where do you find such cute t-shirts??

    • Taylor Tompkins on November 26, 2021 at 10:22 am

      You can find all of Julie’s tshirts in her Etsy shop here:

  7. Katherine on November 25, 2021 at 1:18 pm

    Thanks Julie, This Is a Huge Help!

  8. Kim Archer on December 14, 2021 at 7:10 am

    Beautiful bows and wreaths! Could u please explain how to make big beautiful bows using ribbons without wire, including burlap ribbon? Thank u!

    • Julie Siomacco on January 23, 2022 at 2:49 pm

      I would be the same manner as with wired but they won’t be as full.

  9. Elda Franco on March 27, 2022 at 7:34 pm

    I would like to know . The solid color ribbon do you put it between the pattern ribbons or it doesn’t matter where do you put it

  10. Marge Faber on October 5, 2022 at 5:06 pm

    I love your ribbon matching tutorials and I’m wondering how you pair up the different size ribbons and colors

  11. Donna Taylor on December 8, 2023 at 1:47 pm

    I can’t wait to try this. I love watching your videos. You are so inspiring.

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