|This post first appeared on Bowdabrablog where I'm on the design team.|
Wow your mom on Mother's Day by wrapping her gift with just ribbon! That's right - ribbon! No paper whatsoever! Imagine that! And it's absolutely stunning topped with an adorable Bowdabra bow!
You only need the following supplies: Wire Ribbon, Scissors, Bowdabra, Bow Wire and Wand, and of course a round box, to make this lovely creation!
Lots and lots of ribbon is used! I found colorful 50 yard ribbon roll at Sam's Club for less than six dollars.
Begin by laying the beginning end of the ribbon across the top of the box, leaving the end "tail" hanging.
Next, start wrapping the ribbon down and around the box, bringing it up and crossing over the placed end, creating an "X" in the center of top. Make sure the side edge of the ribbon is overlapping to the left and the "tail" always staying in place.
Continue wrapping the ribbon down and around, crossing over on the back, coming up and across on the top front, overlapping the edge.
You will notice a lovely crossover pattern forming as you continue to wrap the ribbon around covering the box.
Make sure to leave the ribbon "tail" in place and exposed as you wrap.
This is how the box looks upside down.
Once you have wrapped the box completely, cut off the remaining ribbon leaving a matching tail.
Then, pick up both tails . . .
and tie into a center knot
Dove tail the ends by folding the ribbon end together lengthwise and cut on the folded edge at a 45 degree angle.
To make a spectacular bow with lots and lots of 3" loops, cut 15 feet of ribbon.
Next, fold a 18" piece of bow wire in half and lay it into the Bowdabra.
Fold the ribbon in half to find the center and make a crease. Place the creased ribbon down into the Bowdabra.
To make your first loop, fold and make a crease in the ribbon and press into the Bowdabra.
Next, fold the other side at the same width (3"), crease and down into the Bowdabra.
Continue to fold the ribbon tails one at a time down through the center of the Bowdabra, making creases into each tail.
Fold as many loops into the Bowdabra . . .
until reaching the end.
Scrunch down with the Bowdabra Wand.
While the bow is still in the Bowdabra, thread the two loose ends of the bow wire through the loop at the other end, pulling the wire tightly.
Gently pull the bow out of the Bowdabra, separating the two loose ends and taking them around to the back, tying in a knot.
Have fun fluffing the bow!
Attach the Bowdabra Bow to top knot of the ribbon wrapped box with the bow wire. Cut off excess wire.
A very impressive package that's simply gorgeous!
Take a little time to enjoy