Here’s a quick and easy ribbon bunting DIY craft tutorial for you, which will only take around 10 minutes to make
One of the most asked questions I get asked on our gift wrapping workshops is “How do you tie the perfect bow?”. We all have our own way of tying a shoelace or a bow and through my experience of teaching gift wrapping, I’ve found it’s very hard to change your technique after tying the same bow all of your life
I did a day skipper sailing course several years ago and thought the knot tying part would be so easy. To my horror I failed my knot exams and was all fingers and thumbs. Although I had to resit the exam, it gave me food for thought and made me realise that many people will struggle to tie the perfect bow.
I have seen so many ways of tying a bow and my advice is to use the same technique that you’ve used all of your life with a couple of changes that will help you enormously. Many of us tie a loop at a time, however some will form 2 loops and tie them together (known as the bunny ears). During my workshops I have seen many different techniques and everyone can tie the perfect bow.
The ideal bow should resemble a perfect angled letter ‘X’ so it is a good idea to imagine this X and follow the outline as you are tying your bow. The 2 loops should be at 10 and 2 o’clock and the 2 tails should sit at 8 and 4 o’clock.
The critical point is the part just before you pull the bow tight. Take a pause and look at the outline of your bow. This will give you a chance to re arrange the bow so the loops and tails are in the correct position. If your bow looks messy or out of proportion, if you rush ahead and pull the bow tight it will still look a mess and out of proportion.
Another helping hand is to choose a double sided ribbon that has the same finish on both sides. Many of my students say that tying a wired ribbon is a lot easier. If you are working with a printed ribbon like this turquoise spotty design, ensure that you twist the ribbon to the correct side as you tie your bow.
For lots more bow techniques and gift wrapping projects, grab a signed copy of my new book ‘giftwrapped‘
Happy bow tying!
I have always had a love for lace. It reminds me of my late grandmother, and how we would enjoy afternoon tea, surrounded by lace jam covers, vintage china tea cups, beautiful edges tablecloths and napkins with intricate detail.
She always had lace place mats for the pot of tea so her polished dining table didn’t suffer heat marks, and her pearls were often left on the kitchen sideboard (Image via Bloved Weddings)
Nowadays I find any excuse to use it in my gift wrapping projects, and it looks great as an extra feature, used with other vintage embellishments.
The nearby city of Nottingham is renowned for it’s lace market and I used to trawl through the market to find bespoke pieces when I made handmade wedding stationery in my earlier years.
In this project I have kept the lace theme by half wrapping a brown paper box with a simple paper doilie. I love the simplicity of it but it can also be edged with ribbon.
I then got completely carried away and decided to make some lace themed gift bags using doilies and double sided satin ribbon.
In this creative idea, lace can be added around jam jars with glue or spray adhesive to give an eye-catching effect (Image via Jadorable Home)
Remnants of Lace were used in a collage to make my wedding ring cushion by the very talented textile artist Polly O’Connor
Recently I wanted to add lace to a monochrome gift wrapping feature and chose tissue in a black lace design (which we sold out of within days of it going online), I added lace with our black stitched ribbon.
Here’s another project that I couldn’t help myself with a few bits of blue remnant lace added with our Duo Stitched Linen Ribbons
This project I have half wrapped the box in a remnant of vintage floral tissue and added some of our popular Raspberry Stitched Ribbon
Another clever idea via Pinterest is this Jewellery display idea. Just use an old picture frame and add lace with a staple gun.
On a recent buying trip, I was somewhat overwhelmed looking at the hundreds of lace variations. It made decision making very hard for my ‘Handpicked Collection’ (this is where I chose my absolute favourites that blow me away and share them with my customers via our online shop).
It has also be a huge trend in Fashion with Issey Miyake and many other designers showcasing lace in their collections. Karen Millen have certainly lead the way here in the UK.
Pinterest is a huge source of inspiration and here I found some brilliant lampshades by Andrea Daniels – These are such a joy to the eye.
I love the fact that lace is such an individual masterpiece. No lace is ever the same and it is filled with unique detail and I am full of admiration for those who design lace collections. I have introduced my own favourites in the Handpicked Collection and these are available by the metre or in bundle packs.
If you have any great lace ideas we’d love you to share them with us.