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Holiday Decorating Tips: How to Make the Perfect Bow

Ashlyn Hunter

Digital Marketing Content Coordinator

It's officially the holiday season in the Carolinas! It's no secret that one of the most popular family holiday activities is decorating. Here at Carowinds, we have a team of expert decorators who magically transform the park into a winter wonderland just in time for WinterFest. They're giving you a look at some of their favorite decorating tips and tricks so your home can be just as festive as WinterFest!

How to make the perfect bow...

Holiday decorating just isn't complete without festive bows. These versatile crafts can be placed on wreaths, in garland or on gifts. Here are the six steps to create the PERFECT holiday bow. 

Step 1 

Select your favorite holiday ribbon. Pull enough ribbon that the "tail" of your bow will be as long as you please, then fold it over to make the first loop. Pinch the middle.

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Step 2

Turn the bottom piece over, so that the inside of the ribbon is facing the same direction as your first loop. Make your second loop. 

holiday decorating tips

Step 3

Repeat step one and two. Make as many loops as you would like, depending on how large you would like your bow to be. Monica's bow has six loops. 

Step 4

Cut the ribbon to create the second "tail." 

holiday decorating tips

Pro Tip: Use a good pair of scissors that are not used for anything other than fabric.

This will keeps your cuts clean and ribbon crisp.

Step 5

Use a piece of floral wire, found at most craft stores, to secure the middle of the bow. Wrap the wire around the bow and twist the ends. Then, wrap the wire back in the opposite direction and twist the ends again. Repeat this step, alternating directions until the bow feels secure. Use wire cutters to cut the wire, and then bend it back.

holiday decorating tips

holiday decorating tips

Pro Tip: Use pliers to pull the ribbon tight if you do not feel strong enough.

holiday decorating tips

Step 6

Now that the ribbon is complete, fluff the loops so it stands tall. 

holiday decorating tips

TA-DA!

There you have it, a perfect holiday bow! Now, incorporate it into your decorations or place it on a holiday package.

holiday decorating tips

Shhhh! Super secret decorating tip, straight from the North Pole.

Don't throw away your beautiful bows at the end of the season! At WinterFest, thousands of bows scatter the midways, and our decorating team can't possibly make all new ones every single year. Keep your bows, and use a curling iron to remove the wrinkles and make them look fresh each year. 

Visit WinterFest, the Carolinas' premier holiday event select night Nov. 18 - Dec. 31, to enjoy millions of shimmering lights and festive holiday decorations. Maybe you will even get a few more ideas for your own home - click here to buy your tickets!

 

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