This may seem elementary to some, but it's a trick I learned a couple of years ago from my husband's aunt. She has a cute little stationery and gift shop and before I had the little man, I used to help her out every once in a while with wrapping gifts (especially around Christmas). She taught me how to tie a perfect bow on a gift, and as I was wrapping my father's gift last week, I decided to take pics of the process to share with y'all.
- Wrap a ribbon around the package, leaving enough length to tie around a second piece of ribbon and leave trailing tails.
- Cut another piece of ribbon and fold into a bow, but do not tie. Length and size depends on how large you want the bow to be.
- Tie the ribbon from #1 around the package and tighten - if you want, you can tie a knot (but if you don't tie a knot, it makes it much easier for someone to untie the ribbon when opening).
- Lay the piece of ribbon from #2 on top of the piece tied around the package from #1.
- Take ribbon #1 and tie around #2.
- And that's it! If you want to make the bow more elaborate, you can continue to add loops of ribbon on top of each other and just keep tying them in place.