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          must-know bows

Three bow-tying techniques to help you accessorize bud vases,
                arrangements, corsages, plants and more.

   Customers love the ornamentation that ribbon provides           design projects, and there are several methods for tying each.
to floral designs, and with virtually infinite options available,  Here are step-by-step instructions for three basic bow styles
these decorative touches can range from charming to elegant.       that you can use for bud vases and arrangements, corsages
                                                                   and plant decoration.
   There are many styles of bows you can create for various

traditional multiloop bow

This style of bow can be made with any width of        STEP 1 Scrunch the ribbon together between your     STEP 2 Twist the ribbon at the binding point to keep
ribbon and with any number of loops. Depending         thumb and index finger about 2 inches from the      the finished surface of the ribbon on top, then form
on size, these types of bows are appropriate           end. Loop the ribbon loosely around your thumb to   a second larger loop. Scrunch the ribbon again
for virtually every type of floral design including    create a center loop, and scrunch the ribbon again  between your thumb and index finger, under the
corsages, bud vases and arrangements, sympathy         between your index finger and thumb, under the      second gathering.
tributes, wreaths and plant d├ęcor.                     first gathering.

STEP 3 Twist the ribbon again to keep the finished     STEP 4 Continue forming loops on both sides of the  STEP 5 When the bow is the desired size and full-
surface on top, then form a third loop on the oppo-    center loop following the loop-scrunch-and-twist    ness, cut the end of the ribbon at an angle to form
site side of the center loop. This loop should be the  technique until the bow is the desired size and     a second tail about the same length as the first.
same size as the previously formed loop opposite       fullness. Each successive pair of loops should be   Then place a length of enameled wire through the
it. Scrunch the ribbon under the previous gathering.   slightly larger than the previously formed pair.    center loop of the bow, pull the ends of the wire to
                                                                                                           the backside of the bow, and twist the wire tightly
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                                                                                                           loops to form a symmetrically shaped bow.
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