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How to crinkle ribbon for an adorable tag topper bow with Bowdabra

05In this easy step by step DIY tutorial Bowdabra designer, Nancy shows you how to crinkle ribbon and make an adorable tag topper bow to liven up your gift or journal tags

Hello, friends!

It’s Nancy here to share a new Bowdabra Bow project!

I recently put these pretty tags together for inserts in a junk journal I’m working on.
They were in need of a pretty ribbon tag topper bow.
I knew I wanted something that was loopy and wrinkled.
I pulled out my Mini Bowdabra Bow Making Tool and got to work.

tag topper bow

Here is how I did it:

tag topper bow

How to crinkle ribbon for an adorable tag topper bow

Supplies Used:
Tags of Choice;
Coordinating Ribbons;

I’ll begin with the yellow seam binding that matches one of the tags.
This seam binding has lots of polyester in it.
A rayon seam binding crinkles up much more but I didn’t have any in yellow.


1. Place the ruler over the Mini Bowdabra.
2. Cut a 9-inch piece of the Bowdabra wire and fold it in half. Insert into the Bowdabra tool, as shown in the photo.

3. Insert the ribbon into the tool with the end on the left side at the 3-inch line, and make the first bow loop on the right side. This loop measured 3″.

4. Twist the ribbon, insert it into the tool, and form another 3″ loop on the other side.

5. Following the same steps, add two loops on each side that measure 2 1/2″.
6. Finally, add one loop on each side that measures 2″. Trim the end of the ribbon at 3″
7. Pull the Bowdabra Bow Wire up and insert the wire ends through the wire loop. Pull securely and remove the bow from the tool.
There you have a pretty loopy bow!
Crinkle the ribbon bow

8. To proceed with crinkling up the bow, spritz it liberally with water.

tag topper bow

9. Smoosh the wet ribbon up into a tight little ball, and wrap the wire ends around it.

tag topper bow

10. I followed the exact same steps with the pink gingham ribbon. Now set both ribbons aside to dry.
tag topper bow

11. Once they’re dry, unwrap the wire and fluff up the bow. Use the wire to attach the bow to the top of the tag.

tag topper bow
Aren’t those bows great?
The Bowdabra tool makes it so fun and easy to create any bow you want!

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Thanks so much for stopping by today!
I’ll be back next month with another fun bow project!

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