How to Hand Tie a Holiday Bow Using 3 Ribbons

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Make your holiday wreaths fabulous by adding a holiday bow using 3 differnet ribbons. Follow this step by step tutorial and learn how to make a holiday bow today!

Red and White bow using 3 ribbons

Tie a Holiday Bow using 3 Ribbons

A beautiful bow can make any Holiday project shine! Let me teach you how to tie a holiday bow by creating a full and layered Christmas bow using three different ribbons. Let me tell you are littel secret. In order to really master this bow you are going to need to use 2 ½” wide ribbon. You will want to always make sure it is wired!

Having wired ribbon is essential to making beautiful bows that you can manipulate and adjust to what you need for each a specific project. Make sure you use high quality ribbon as well that will stand the test of time.

Go ahead and grab your favorite coordinating Holiday patterns and lets get started on making the best Christmas bow!

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Supplies for this Project

  • 2 ½” Wired Red and White Striped Ribbon
  • 2 ½” Wired Solid Red Ribbon
  • Wired Red and White Diagonal Plaid Ribbon
  • Floral Wire
  • Measuring Tool
If you enjoy this and want to learn more on how to get started with wreath making, try my Wreath Making 101 Workshop!

How to Tie A Holiday Bow using 3 Ribbons – Step By Step Tutorial

1. Pick out 3 Different Ribbons

Start with 2.5” ribbon and measure an 8” tail and pinch. Create your first loop by measuring 12” and take it away from you and pinch. Anything below your thumb you are going to twist toward you. Measure another 12” loop and take it away from you and pinch.

2. Make Additional Loops

Make another set of 12” loops by repeating the same process of measuring 12” and pinching in the center with your two fingers and twisting. Fluff each loop to make sure they are the same length.

3. Add Solid Ribbon

Now add your solid 2.5” ribbon, starting with an 8” tail and measuring two 10” loops. Pinch and twist the ribbon in the center of your two fingers. If it’s below your thumb, pull the loop toward you. Make sure the solid layer of ribbon is falling in front.

Add the third layer of ribbon by starting with the first streamer, then measuring an 8” loop. Take it away from you and pinch, then measure two more 8” loops. Take another length of red solid ribbon and add to the back of the bow.

4. Add Wire

Use floral wire to tie around the front of the center of the bow and twist in the back. Dovetail each end of your tails. Adjust your ribbons so the different colors are evenly dispersed. Trim any excess floral wire. Add your layered bow to your next Christmas project!

Watch The Video: Tie A Holiday Bow using 3 ribbons

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  1. Mary Ritchir on November 12, 2021 at 1:15 pm

    I love watching you do bows

  2. Sheryl M. on November 12, 2021 at 4:29 pm

    Gorgeous bow! I wish I could do bows like you! I’m just horrible at making them and have to use a bow maker and they still don’t come out like I want them to! Back to the drawing board! Thank You for sharing your heart and talent, it’s truly much appreciated!

  3. Ivy Compton on November 12, 2021 at 4:45 pm

    I love watching you make bows you make it look so simple .Thank you for showing this!

  4. Eartha Gerald on November 13, 2021 at 7:21 am

    Thank you for sharing….Thank you for sharing. I so appreciate you. Live here in Columbia. Blessings.

  5. Anne C Hood on November 13, 2021 at 8:31 am

    Julie, you are my wreathing, bow-making GURU! Not only do I love watching you create, your personality has a relaxing and uplifting effect on me. Thank you for all you do!

  6. Lois on November 15, 2021 at 5:17 pm

    Lois, How long do you make your starting ribbons

  7. TAMMY STEDMAN on November 16, 2021 at 1:47 pm

    Could you show this using long streamers as well for a front door wreath.

    • Julie Siomacco on December 1, 2021 at 11:36 am

      The streamers you start and end with would just be longer to fit your needs. You can also join our Holiday Bow Making Masterclass to learn all the ways to add bows to holiday decor.

  8. Donna on January 22, 2022 at 6:21 pm

    Loved watching how to make the different bows thanks so much . I love crafting and making wreaths , swags . You are so amazing. I wish I could join the wreath month club . But I’m on disability and it would be kind of rough. But I did join the other. I do already have the tools to make wreaths .only need 4 things out of the list . But thanks so much . Have too find room too I live in a 40ft 5th wheel not alot of room lol. But thank you for all you do to show use how .

  9. Annette on September 28, 2022 at 10:38 am

    You give the length of the tail and loops but how how long is piece to start with?

  10. Shirley on October 30, 2022 at 12:10 pm

    How long are your strips of ribbon to start with ? You make it so easy. Love love this bow.

  11. Lisa on December 9, 2022 at 7:08 pm

    You make it seem so simple! I’m going to try it now, and thanks for sharing your talent.

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