Bows add festive and romantic details to a wedding ceremony: A garland made only of bows in flowing taffeta or chiffon can be draped along the aisle or wrapped around the altar. Use cascades of multiple bows -- or a single perfect one -- to create a grand entrance at the reception. Make a row of tiny bows dance along the hem of the bridal gown, or let one abundant bow dress the handle of a flower girl's basket.
These fanciful loops of ribbon are functional, too. A single elegant bow will hold the stems of a tall floral arrangement or attach a wedding ring to its pillow. And a bow of a ribbon in a color that matches the bridesmaid dresses can wrap the favors and keep the boxes closed tight.
Making bows requires few tools, little time, and minimal skill. Once you pick the perfect ribbon and decide what type of bow it will become, all you'll need is a good pair of scissors to finish the ends -- on a diagonal or in an inverted V.
Perfectly suited to wire-edge or stiff ribbons that hold their shape (taffeta, organdy, or grosgrain), this bow is charming when freestanding -- sewn to a bridesmaid's sash or attached to the side of a pew -- or as a wrapping for favor boxes; you'll need at least twelve inches of ribbon just for the bow. If wrapping a box, first tie a left-over-right half-knot.
1. Shape two evenly sized loops, one in each side of the ribbon.
2. Cross right loop over left one.
3. Knot loops by threading right loop behind left one, under, and up through the hole; make sure ribbon is not twisted or bunched.
4. Pull loops into a smooth knot. Adjust loops; trim tails to be slightly longer than loops.