Ribbons and Gift Wrapping Techniques

ribbons on gifts

Forgot the typical Christmas ribbons and bows that you buy at the drugstore. This year make an impression with an array of ribbons. Mix widths, colors and textures to dress up your gifts.

Buying in Bulk To Save Money

I save on gift-wrapping paper by buying them in bulk. Even if I only got one pattern, my gifts do not look the same under the Christmas tree because I decorate them differently. Imagine the little black dress; no two women wear it the same. My collection of fabric ribbons and gift ornaments becomes my accessories.

How To Tie Ribbons on Gifts including the Classic Double Bow

how to tie the classic double bow

The Canadian House and Home November 2008 edition featured several ribbon tying techniques from Alison Dawson of Mokuba, a fabulous ribbon shop in Toronto.

If you still have questions on how to make the classic double bow, watch the Holiday Gift Wrapping video on Canadian House and Home.

+ Photography by Tracy Shumate for H&H November 2008 – rights reserved

  • Kandi
    November 28, 2008 at 15:11

    Ooooh, nice! I get it right up until the second loop, then it’s all down hill from there.

  • At Home with Kim Vallee
    November 28, 2008 at 17:16

    Kandy: Like everything else, it comes with practices. It is simply making two traditional bows, one after the other. It looks best when the 2 bows are almost perpendicular. It’s easier to experiment with 3/4 inch wide ribbon.

  • veronique
    November 30, 2008 at 11:26

    Thanks! That is so useful!!!

  • Sabina
    December 4, 2008 at 11:28

    Great info — thanks Kim!!

  • Hannah
    December 14, 2008 at 22:54

    This was an interesting technique I didn’t like it thought I do it the old fashion way…normally…

  • sarah perez
    November 27, 2010 at 15:07

    thanks! great help!

  • Kumi
    December 19, 2010 at 13:38

    Very nice, and extremely helpful to me as I love gift wrapping.

  • anita
    March 2, 2012 at 10:44

    very helpful tutorial,thanks a lot