How to Tie an Multi Ribbon Bow for Valentines Day

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So I’m in the wreath shop actually making something for MYSELF today! It’s a set of big bright pink and red bows for my front door.  And I got through one of them and realized that so many of my beginner wreath making friends could use a video tutorial on how to make a big ol’ bow out of multiple sizes of ribbon. So while I made the second one,  I put together this quick video for you showing you exactly how I put this kind of bow together!  

How to Make a Valentines Bow with Multiple Ribbons by Southern Charm Wreath

I’ll give you the basic instructions here on the blog, but I definitely recommend watching the video so you can see the little details that make it super easy to do and will help move you out of that beginner stage of ribbon making.

Let’s get started!

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This bow is made with 5 coordinating ribbons. You can vary the sizes a little bit once you’re more comfortable, but if you’re following along with me, I used two 2.5” spools, two 1.5” spools, and one 1” spool. These particular ribbons came from 5thStreetStudio on Etsy. 

You’ll also need a bit of floral wire.


Step 1 – Start by measuring out a 13” tail on one of your wide ribbons. From there, measure out a 14” length. Use that to make a loop, and pleat it into your fingers. Make 3 more 14” loops and pleat each into your fingers so that the loops form an X shape around your hand. Measure out another 13” tail, and cut the end. 

Step 2 – Repeat step one with your next largest ribbon using 12” loops, and position the loops above the first layer. 

Step 3 – Make the third layer the same, using the next largest ribbon, and with 10” loops. 

Step 4 – For the fourth layer, make 8” loops. Your bow should start looking a bit more full now, so this layer will only have 2 loops. 

Step 5 – For your last and smallest ribbon, you’ll just be making one 6” loop.

Step 6 – Now that all of the layers are put together in your hand, do any last-minute repositioning, and then you’ll secure everything with floral wire. Lift up your finger to place the wire in the middle of the bow. Then wrap it around tightly, and twist a few times to finish it off. (I like to turn the bow instead of the wire. I think it’s a lot easier that way.) 

And that’s your finished bow! Watch the video for my secret tip on how to make it look a little more full-looking without adding any more loops!

(PS I also make an adorable little spring bow at the end of the video)


You can see how I added the bows to either side of my door garland below.

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Happy Wreathing,


If you enjoyed this post, you might also like:

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How to Make a Double Ribbon Bow 

How to Make a Deco Mesh Valentines Wreath

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How to Make a Valentines Bow with Multiple Ribbons by Southern Charm Wreath


  1. creating on February 11, 2020 at 2:08 pm

    Great job!
    Thank you Julie

  2. norma lancaster on February 11, 2020 at 3:30 pm

    I have a bow that I cant figure out how to make. May I have your email address so that I can send you an email with an attachment of picture of it. I am not a business just a grandma wanting to make something different. I do have your deco mesh program

  3. bella holden on February 14, 2020 at 6:12 pm

    beautiful you make it look so easy

  4. Barbara on September 2, 2020 at 11:00 pm

    You are so talented and I love all your work.

  5. Cathy Davidson on January 26, 2021 at 2:13 am

    love your wreaths !! do you show how to do the swag on your bfront door ?

    • Julie Siomacco on January 26, 2021 at 1:24 pm

      The garland? Yes, in our wreath club.

  6. Mickie on January 31, 2021 at 4:05 pm

    Just found your site/video/instructions on pinterest…. LOVE IT!!!! You make things look easy and give basic directions which I can follow. Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us. Can’t wait to see more!!

  7. Kathryn Brajcich on December 10, 2021 at 4:18 pm

    Thank you so much! Your bows are Beautiful! Wreaths are too. You explained each step so well. I will be watching more.

  8. Joan on March 20, 2022 at 1:07 pm

    Your written instructions do not match your video. I cut all my ribbon in lengths are you suggested. Your video doesn’t show that. Now I have no idea what to do with all this cut ribbon. Grrrrrrrrr!

    • Julie Siomacco on April 4, 2022 at 4:33 pm

      I’m sorry, I can’t see the issue. I would watch the video all the way through before starting projects.

  9. Laura on April 21, 2022 at 12:07 pm

    Hi Julie – I’m sorry if I missed this – did you use all wire ribbon? Thanks!

    • Taylor Tompkins on April 21, 2022 at 2:15 pm

      Yes, Julie only uses wired ribbon.

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