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Video DIY: Learn how to make elegant place settings guaranteed to wow your guests?

Hi! I’m Joette with another Tip From the Florist. If you’re looking to add a touch of elegance to your dining table, try dressing up your place setting with a mini Bowdabra bow. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to create a beautiful bow using a few different types of ribbon. With just a little bit of effort, you can create elegant place settings guaranteed to wow your guests!

Let’s get started!

elegant place settings
Three Pieces of a 1.5” wide – 5” long Sheer Ribbon, pre-dovetailed
One Piece of a 1.5” wide – 28” long Sheer Ribbon, pre-dovetailed
One Piece of 2.5” wide – 6” long ribbon with print, with the raw edges folded under
elegant place settings

First, cut a length of Bowdabra bow wire, fold it in half and lay it in the Bowdabra. Tuck the ends underneath to remain out of the way while you make your bow.

Next, dovetail the ends of  three 5″ pieces of 1 1/2′ wide sheer ribbon and place in the Bowdabra.

Now, using a longer piece of the same sheer ribbon lay it in the Bowdabra and make three loops on each side, the first loops 2″ and the top loops 1 1/2″.  Make a small loop on the top with the ribbon that is remaining. Scrunch everything down with the Bowdabra wand.

Then, use the checked ribbon scrunch bow style pushing down from the top like an accordion.

Finally, pull the loose ends of the Bow wire through the loop and pull tight while the bow is still in the Bowdabra. Remove from the Bowdabra, turn to the back and separate the wires and tie a knot.

Add to your place settings

Use the excess wire to tie the bow on to the napkin or silverware.  Tie it in a bow and so it is easy to remove for use again or have your guests take it home as a party favor.

elegant place settings

See how easy it was to make elegant place settings that are guaranteed to wow your guests!


Bowdabra's easy-to-create bow-makers are available at the Bowdabra website's online store and also at various retail establishments such as Amazon, AC Moore, Pat Catan's Stores, Jo Ann store, Michael's, and Walmart.

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