Tulle Bows

Tulle Bows - The Ribbon Retreat BlogHi Ribbon Retreat Readers! I am so excited to share this simple tutorial that is sure to make a strong statement! I don’t know about all of you, but I LOVE LOVE LOVE tulle! It can be used for so many different things and projects, but my most favorite way to utilize tulle is to tie it in a bow.

In this tutorial I am going to show you two of my favorite ways to make tulle bows. They are fast, they are easy, but they are ADORABLE and people always make comments on how cute they are. (I love compliments like that.) 🙂

So…grab your tulle and some tulle and some tulle and you are ready! Check out all of my tulle.

Tulle Bows - The Ribbon Retreat BlogDid I mention that I love tulle? The Ribbon Retreat carries so many colors and guess what…they now carry 6″ and 3″ tulle. In fact, our 3″ tulle is one of our featured products for our “New Product” Challenge. Want more information on how you can win a $50.00, $30.00, or a $20.00 gift certificate to The Ribbon Retreat? Click here, read the post, make your project, and link up your project for a chance to win one of three gift certificates. Hurry, you only have 4 days left. 🙂

Back to the bows…Let’s get started…

Tulle Bows - The Ribbon Retreat BlogFirst, I am going to show you how to make a this super cute tulle hair bow. I used two different colors of the 3″ tulle on this cute little bow.
Tulle Bows - The Ribbon Retreat Blog1. Grab your first color of tulle. Start with about 4-6 inches. Hold the tulle in both hands and start layering your tulle with loops at the ends. Keep layering your tulle until you have your desired amount of tulle. The more layers you loop, the bigger the bow. I layered my tulle about 6 times. Cut end.
Tulle Bows - The Ribbon Retreat Blog2. Pinch all of your layers with hands on both sides of center. Here you are going to tie a bow. Do not pull tight. Set aside.
Tulle Bows - The Ribbon Retreat Blog3. Repeat step 1 with second color of tulle. However, start with about 3-5 inches of tulle.
Tulle Bows - The Ribbon Retreat Blog4. Underneath the loose knot of your first tulle bow, slip your unknotted tulle (or 2nd color of tulle) underneath the loose knot. Pull as tight as you can.
Tulle Bows - The Ribbon Retreat Blog5. Cut all of your loops on your bow. The bow may look very uneven and not very pretty. This is ok.
Tulle Bows - The Ribbon Retreat Blog6. Grad a single or double prong clip or an alligator clip and slid it through the back of the bow. You can add a little hot glue if your clip is loose or to secure it better.
Tulle Bows - The Ribbon Retreat Blog7. Trim all of your layers of tulle down to your desired length and separate tulle to desired fullness. I trimmed mine down a lot so it would be little for my little sweetie’s head. Clip bow to a head band and enjoy!
Tulle Bows - The Ribbon Retreat BlogYeah! All Smiles…I promise she smiles, just not in any of my blog pictures! 🙂
Tulle Bows - The Ribbon Retreat BlogFor this bow, I used the same technique as above, but I only used one color of tulle and added a small knot using saddle stitch ribbon. I also kept my ends much longer than I did the orange and purple bow from above. Either way you do it…it is perfectly adorable. And look, yeah…a smile! 🙂

Do you have decor laying around your house that could use a little dress up and pizzazz? Grab it…let’s make more bows!

I love fresh flowers. I have the cutest husband ever, who always brings me home fresh flowers to put on our table. He brought these beautiful and bright daises home the other day and my vase was just way to boring for these bright beauties. So….I thought tulle and dressed that boring vase right up. Here is how I did it…
Tulle Bows - The Ribbon Retreat Blog1. Using both the 6″ and 3″ tulle, layer the tulle on each other. Wrap the layered tulle around the back of your vase. Tie a knot and then a bow. Pull both tight. Make sure your loops are big and tails are long.
Tulle Bows - The Ribbon Retreat Blog2. Grab the loops and tie another bow. Now using the tails, make another bow on top of your other bows. Pull tight. You can continue to grab loops and tie bows depending on how full you want your bow. I only created two bows total on this particular one.
Tulle Bows - The Ribbon Retreat Blog3. Cut all of your loops and arrange to your desired look. However, I didn’t think it was full enough, so I grabbed more tulle and repeated steps 1-3 again, right on top of the first bows I made.

Tulle Bows - The Ribbon Retreat BlogWAAAA-LAAAW! You are done and that boring old vase now looks FABulous and all tulled out! 🙂

I used this same technique to also dress up a cute little basket I put plastic eggs in for Easter and a big glass bowl I put glittery balls in for Christmas! I also used tulle to beautify all of my Christmas presents this year. The presents looked amazing and so pretty!

Tulle Bows - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Tulle Bows - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

With tulle the possibilities are endless. I love tulle. It is such a great way to decorate and you can’t beat the price!

I hope you give these simple tulle bows a try and tulle-ify your house! Have a wonderful day & as always…

Happy Creating!

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  1. Maryellen
    Posted April 17, 2013 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

    Can’t go wrong with Tulle and a Cutie Pie!

    • Posted April 18, 2013 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

      Hi Maryellen! Thank you so much for your comment. You are so right. Tulle is so fun, cost effective, and adds so much pizzazz. And…I agree, she is pretty cute. Thanks Maryellen! Have a wonderful day and thank you for being one of our amazing readers. 🙂

  2. autumn
    Posted October 16, 2013 at 9:27 pm | Permalink

    thank you love them ssoo easy!!!!!!!!!!

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted October 16, 2013 at 11:53 pm | Permalink

      Hi Autumn! Thank you so much! These bows are so so so easy to make and way fun too! Thank you Autumn! Have a wonderful day! Michelle 🙂

  3. Nancy Barbosa
    Posted June 12, 2014 at 6:56 am | Permalink

    I love tulle I just started and im on the go making tutu for my grandaughter just needed to learn how to mske hair bows now im headed to try thanks for ideas awesome

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted June 16, 2014 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

      Hi Nancy! Yay! I am so glad that you are having so much fun with tulle! I am so happy that you are making tutus and now hair bows too. Have so much fun creating your tulle creations and thank you so much for your comment! Have a wonderful day! Michelle 🙂

  4. Megan M.
    Posted July 20, 2016 at 7:57 am | Permalink

    I love this tutorial! The bows are beautiful and SUPER easy! I’m a new crafty Mom and trying to throw a tulle party and this are perfect for everything! Thank you so much! 🙂

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