Christmas Package Bow

Christmas Package Bow - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Christmas is right around the corner!! There are so many fun holiday crafts coming up, we have to get started now or there won’t be enough time for all of them!

Today I’m going to show you how to make a Christmas Package Bow.  These are such fun little bows for little girls to wear in their hair!  They are also great for topping your Christmas packages.


7/8″ Ribbon
3/8″ Ribbon
Single Prong Clip
Hot Glue Gun

First cut 3 strips of 7/8″ Ribbon to 6 1/2″.   I used Holiday Hot Traxx Ribbon from the Christmas Stripe Ribbon.  Cute!

Take a strip of ribbon and at the bottom twist the ribbon down and to the right forming a loop.  Try to make the loop look a little pointed.  As you can see in the picture above the loop is a little below the center of the ribbon.

Take the other end of the ribbon and twist it down and to the left creating a figure 8.  Make sure your ends meet up and that they are parallel.  In the picture above I had not sealed my ends yet (I did go back and do this to all the ribbon strips).

Glue all 3 strips of ribbon into figure 8’s.  Then layer two of them forming an X.  Glue in place.

Take your 3rd figure 8 and glue it in the middle of your X vertically.

Cut another strip of ribbon for the center of the bow to 3″.  Loop it into a circle and glue it in place.

Christmas Package Bow - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Glue the loop in the center of the bow.  Did you know this bow was that easy?

If you have trouble making figure 8 loops the Tricks of the Trade Bow Instructions and Bow Maker will make your life so easy!

TOTT Instruction Manual has 215 pages of step by step instructions of how to make bows with or without the bow maker (which is included).   There are also several videos to make each step super clear.

When you learn how to make bows with these instructions your bows will look very professional.
I use the Bow Maker all the time and I love to refer back to the instructions whenever I have a question.

TOTT Hair Bow Instructions with the Bow maker is only 29.99!  I promise you this is a tool every crafter/ bow maker needs to have.

Christmas Package Bow - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

For the little bows I used 3/8″ Red Solid Grosgrain Ribbon.

I cut the 3 strips (for the figure 8’s) to 4″.
The center loop was cut to 2″.

I glued a lined clip to the back of each bow and I plan on clipping the bow to ribbon on my Christmas presents.

I’m so excited that these bows can be used for hair or Christmas presents!  They will also be so much easier to save from year to year.

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  1. Lanae
    Posted November 17, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

    Love these! I’m totally going to make some!

  2. Alice
    Posted November 17, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Permalink

    This will certainly come in handy when wrapping those Christmas presents. I find it hard to get the right colors in those packages of bows sold with wrapping paper at stores during the holidays. Thanks for showing us how to make them ourselves.

  3. Jessica
    Posted November 24, 2011 at 6:31 am | Permalink

    Love this!! Too cute 🙂

    Thanks for sharing!

  4. Kim
    Posted November 26, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

    How would you attach this bow to a french clip? My daughter will not keep the line clip in.

  5. Amy
    Posted February 24, 2012 at 6:43 am | Permalink

    I just made one of these… they’re easier than they look -and look fantastic! Thanks for sharing how to make it 🙂

  6. Sara
    Posted November 11, 2013 at 9:25 pm | Permalink

    I can’t wait to make these! Going to do it this weekend- they will be cute with my daughter’s Christmas dress.

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted November 11, 2013 at 9:42 pm | Permalink

      Hi Sara! Awesome! They are so SO cute and yes, they will look super cute with her dress!!! Thank you for sharing Sara! Have a wonderful rest of your day! Michelle 🙂

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