Mardi Gras Bows – Make a Pretty Multi-Ribbon Bow

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If you have the post-Christmas blues, perk up your decor with some beautiful Mardi Gras bows! This colorful festive multi-ribbon bow is the perfect way to add some color and texture into any home decor project.

Plus, making this couldn’t be simpler! I’ll walk you through it step by step.

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How to Make Multi-Ribbon Mardi Gras Bows

Whether you add these bows to a wreath, use these as part of a floral arrangement, or simply add them to a gift for your favorite Mardi Gras-loving friend, this easy DIY will be sure to make you feel festive!

Supplies Needed

To make this Mardi Gras bow, all you need is:

  • 4 different types of wired ribbon (see below)
  • Pipe cleaners, florist wire, or zip ties

I bought my supplies from Deco Exchange, Greenery Market, and Trendy Tree.

Choose Your Ribbon

For Mardi Gras, you have to choose something sparkly! So I recommend at least one ribbon having some shimmer to it – but you can also do what I did and make sure all of them do too!

Of course, I recommend sticking with the signature Mardi Gras color pallet of green, purple, and gold. Just make sure you get wired ribbon.

2 Ways to Make Bows

There are 2 ways you can make bows like this. Both have their merits and both can yield beautiful results!

  1. With an EZ Bow Maker. If you have arthritis or want to make several of these, an EZ Bow Maker is your best option.
  2. Hand-tied. On the flip side, if you feel physically able, you can create the same stunning look simply using your hands! This takes a little more practice but is very doable.

How to Make a Mardi Gras Multi-Ribbon Bow Step by Step

  1. Use a 4″ ribbon to cut a 20″ tail. This will be the piece that goes on the bottom of the bow.
  2. With the 4″ ribbon, cut a 54″ long piece, and make two loops measuring 8″.
  3. Then, use one of the 2.5″ ribbons. Cut a piece that is 83″ long, and make four loops measuring 7″.
  4. With the other 2.5″, cut to 45″ long and create two loops measuring 6″.
  5. Then, use one of the 1.5″ ribbons cut at 63″ long and make four loops measuring 5″.
  6. Lastly, use the other 1.5″ ribbon, cut it to 35″ long, and make two loops measuring at 4″.
  7. Secure the ribbon together using a zip tie, floral wire, or pipe cleaner.

Video: How to Make Multi-Ribbon Mardi Gras Bows

Y’all if you are anything like me, you’re probably a visual learner, particularly when it comes to bow-making! In this video, I’ll walk you through exactly how to put together these pretty bows.

First, I’ll show you how to make the ribbons with the EZ Bow Maker. If you don’t have one, or prefer to make it by hand, you can skip ahead to 19:30.

Remember, just like anything you will get better and better as you practice these skills! I have made hundreds of bows over the past few years, and I still find myself having to undo and redo certain steps to get them right. Just be patient with yourself and keep going!

You’ll be making these multi-ribbon bows in no time!

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  1. dianne mcneely on January 30, 2021 at 12:15 am

    Your bows are stunning!!!

  2. Helene V Flor on February 15, 2021 at 6:48 am

    Beautiful bow – wanted to know if you can use 2.5 and 1.5 inch ribbon only

    • Julie Siomacco on March 1, 2021 at 6:47 pm

      Yes you can.

  3. Marsha Hilton on June 24, 2024 at 4:45 pm

    I purchased the bow making course but I don’t see it. I only see advertisements for the reef course. I wanted to take a Crack at the bows first so I purchased that but don’t see where you click anywhere to access the course 🤷🏾‍♀️

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