Wow your mom on Mother’s Day by wrapping her gift with just ribbon! That’s right – ribbon! No paper whatsoever, just ribbon gift wrapping, 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.
First, unroll several feet of ribbon so you can wrap the box freely.
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” with the ribbon 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 Bowdabra 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 into the ribbon and press into the Bowdabra.
Next, fold the other side at the same width (3″), crease and press 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 in 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 the top knot of the ribbon wrapped box with the bow wire. Cut off excess wire.
Ribbon gift wrapping is a unique and beautiful way to present a gift for Mom or anyone! Visit Bowdabra designer Gail at her blog Purple hues and me, Facebook, twitter, G+, and Pinterest for more awesome tutorials like ribbon gift wrapping.
You can find the Bowdabra Bow Maker online or at your local craft store