The secret to wow-worthy holiday gift wrapping? A big bow that looks like it could have come straight from the set of your favourite holiday movie.
Below, a step-by-step guide on how to tie the perfect bow.
Start with good quality materials—expensive ribbon falls better than its cheaper counterpart. A double-sided satin ribbon works best, as you don't have to fuss with the "good" and "bad" side of the ribbon.
You'll need about meter of ribbon to tie a good bow, plus however much ribbon you need to wrap around the gift.
Depending on how thick your ribbon is, you might or might not be able to tie a double knot before starting your bow.
Reach way back in your memories to when you first learned to tie your laces—that's how you tie a bow. Make two loops and tie them together in a simple knot.
Smooth the knot cover over and pull tight, making sure both loops are the same size. Leave a long tail on both ends.
Now here's the magic part: take the “tail” of the ribbon and fold it back in towards the centre knot. Add a dot of hot glue right where you fingers are holding it down (above).
Cut the ends of the tails on a bias or with a V-shaped notch. Now, that's a pro-looking bow!
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