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How to quickly make a formal event bow quick and easy with Bowdabra

With parties, weddings, family reunions, and more on the horizon, a formal even bow that has a myriad of uses is a perfect addition to just about anything.  You can this event bow on wreaths, as a centerpiece, at weddings and so much more.  Sandy Sandler, the creator of the Bowdabra shows you just how easy it is to make with the Bowdabra bow maker.

 formal event bow

How to easily make a formal event bow with many uses

  • Bowdabra
  • Bowdabra Bow Wire
  • 28890-613 Chicago Ribbon 3.5”x32”
  • 28890-613 Chicago Ribbon 3.5”x50”
  • 723-430 Frosted Ribbon Blush 2.5”x50”
  • 7724-430 Dimensions Ribbon Blush Gold 2.5”x29”
  • 7724-430 Dimensions Ribbon Blush Gold 2.5”x25”
  • Strip Diamond Mesh 3/4”x39”
  • Silver Pick

Bowdabra ribbon


First cut a piece of Bowdabra bow wire.  Then, fold it in half and insert it into the Bowdabra.  You will have a loop on one side and two loose wires on the other side.  This will serve as your slipknot. Tuck the ends under to stay out of the way while you are making your bow.

Next, lay in a piece of black Chicago ribbon for a tail into the Bowdabra. Then, find the center of the blush gold ribbon and lay that in the Bowdabra for the second tail which you have already dovetailed the ends. (To dovetail, fold the ribbon in half and cut at an angle away from the fold.)

Now, lay in the longer piece of black Chicago ribbon leaving a long tail, scrunch down the center, and twist bringing it over to form a loop.  Make another loop on the opposite side.

Next, take the glitter blush ribbon leave a long tail, twist in the center bring one side over and scrunch in the Bowdabra forming a loop, then scrunch in the center to make a bow.

Now, take the shorter piece of blush glitter ribbon.  Take the right side and push in the Bowdabra, come across and insert the right side end in, then push down the center to form a bow.

Finally, lay in the diamond mesh ribbon as a tail.  Scrunch everything down with the Bowdabra wand.  Optionally add the silver pick for an extra touch of elegance.

Now scrunch everything down with the Bowdabra wand.  Then, insert the loose wires through the loop and pull tight while the bow is still in the Bowdabra. Then, remove the bow from the Bowdabra, separate the ends, turn to the back and tie a knot.  Tie a double knot for extra security.  Shape and arrange the bow and pull down the tails.  You have a gorgeous formal event bow!

formal event bow

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