Independence Day celebrations are just around the corner and if you are like me, you like to decorate your home and make it look festive! To help you with your decorating, I thought I would show you how to make a popular multi ribbon patriotic bow to be used in a wreath. Of course you can use this bow also on your mailbox, on a garland, swag, etc. Make sure to scroll to the bottom of the post for a video on how to make this popular multi ribbon patriotic bow. This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience. Click here to read my full disclosure policy.
When I decorate my door for the Fourth, of course I like to hang a Fourth of July wreath and a matching bow to my mailbox which is located out by the street. I also like to decorate my urns that flank my door with live red and white flowers and spray painted tall Birch branches that shoot out of the center of the urns. I then place patriotic metal picks into the urns. I place shorter red geraniums beside each urn, and a tall outdoor lantern to the right topped with a beautiful patriotic lantern swag. My only problem is remembering to water the plants. Haha!
How to Make a Popular Multi Ribbon Patriotic Bow
Step 1 – Center Loop
Make a center loop that measures 3″ tall and twist the ribbon tail to make sure the printed side of the ribbon faces forward. Pinch in your fingers.
Step 2 – Ribbon 1 Loops
Measure out the tail 10″ long and loop it to the back making a 5″ loop, twist the ribbon and pinch it into your fingers. Measure out 10″ long and loop it to the back making a 5″ loop, twist ribbon and pinch. Do this step one more time. You should now have 2 loops below the center loop and 1 loop above the center loop. Cut the ribbon from the roll if you haven’t already to approximately 9″ long which we can trim up later.
Step 3 – Ribbon 2 Loops
While still holding the loops you just made with the first ribbon, pick up the second ribbon. Measure out approximately 9″ tail and pinch in your fingers and twist the ribbon so that the printed side faces forward. This new ribbon tail should be on the side of the two ribbon loops you made with the first ribbon. Measure out 12″ and fold it to the back making a 6″ loop and pinch and twist. You should now have a total of two loops on either side of the center loop. Make 2 more loops with the second ribbon both 12″ long and twisting in between each loop. Cut the ribbon loose from the bolt if it is still attached by measuring out 9″ and cut.
Step 4 – Ribbon 3 Loops
While holding the bow, pick up the third ribbon. Place the ribbon tail so that it points upward on the side of the two ribbon loops you made with the second ribbon. Measure out a 9″ tail and pinch in your fingers and twist the ribbon so that the printed side faces forward. Measure out 12″ and fold it to the back making a 6″ loop and pinch and twist. Make 2 more loops with the third ribbon both 12″ long and twisting in between each loop. Cut the ribbon loose from the bolt if it is still attached by measuring out 9″ and cut.
Step 5 – Secure with Wire
Run a floral wire inside the center loop over your thumb holding the bow and secure the wire tightly in the back. I find that it is easier to twist the bow rather than the wire to ensure a tight twist. Trim your ribbon tails to the same length as the bow loops.
There you have it, how to make a popular multi ribbon patriotic bow. Your bow is now ready to be added to your wreath. By just switching out the ribbon to different colors and patterns, this bow can adapt to various seasons or occasions. Can’t you just imagine a bow in this style for a wedding, Christmas, or Mardi Gras? How do you plan to use the bows you make?
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