Monday, May 2, 2016

Ribbon Wrapped for Mother's Day

This post first appeared on Bowdabrablog where I'm on the design team.
Wow your mom on Mother's Day by wrapping her gift with just ribbon! That's right - ribbon! No paper whatsoever!  Imagine that!  And it's absolutely stunning topped with an adorable Bowdabra bow!  

You only need the following supplies:  Wire Ribbon, Scissors, Bowdabra, Bow Wire and Wand, and of course a round box, to make this lovely creation!
Lots and lots of ribbon is used!  I found colorful 50 yard ribbon roll at Sam's Club for less than six dollars.  

First unroll several feet of ribbon so you can wrap the box freely. Don't cut any ribbon off the roll. 

Begin by laying the beginning end of the ribbon across the top of the box, leaving the end "tail" hanging.
Next, start wrapping the ribbon down and around the box, bringing it up and crossing over the placed end, creating an "X" in the center of top. Make sure the side edge of the ribbon is overlapping to the left and the "tail" always staying in place.
Continue wrapping the ribbon down and around, crossing over on the back, coming up and across on the top front, overlapping the edge.
You will notice a lovely crossover pattern forming as you continue to wrap the ribbon around covering the box.
Make sure to leave the ribbon "tail" in place and exposed as you wrap.
This is how the box looks upside down.
Once you have wrapped the box completely, cut off the remaining ribbon leaving a matching tail. 
Then, pick up both tails .  .  . 
and tie into a center knot
Dove tail the ends by folding the ribbon end together lengthwise and cut on the folded edge at a 45 degree angle.
To make a spectacular bow with lots and lots of 3" loops, cut 15 feet of ribbon. 

Next, fold a 18" piece of bow wire in half and lay it into the Bowdabra.

Fold the ribbon in half to find the center and make a crease.  Place the creased ribbon down into the Bowdabra.

To make your first loop, fold and make a crease in the ribbon and press into the Bowdabra.

Next, fold the other side at the same width (3"), crease and down into the Bowdabra.

Continue to fold the ribbon tails one at a time down through the center of the Bowdabra, making creases into each tail.

Fold as many loops into the Bowdabra .  .  . 

until reaching the end.
Scrunch down with the Bowdabra Wand.
While the bow is still in the Bowdabra, thread the two loose ends of the bow wire through the loop at the other end, pulling the wire tightly.
Gently pull the bow out of the Bowdabra, separating the two loose ends  and taking them around to the back, tying in a knot. 
Have fun fluffing the bow!
Attach the Bowdabra Bow to top knot of the ribbon wrapped box with the bow wire.  Cut off excess wire.
A very impressive package that's simply gorgeous!
Take a little time to enjoy
Happy Crafting!


  1. That is so pretty and I love your sep by step guide, I want to get some ribbon to try it out now. #RealCraftyLinkParty

  2. I have to admit this reminds me of the time the kids wrapped my gift in duct tape minus the bow. think they used the same technique....but your's is a lot prettier! Have a great week Gail :)

  3. LOVE it!! so totally cool with the ribbon wrapped around the box! Was thinking why round - then pictured in my head and figured it out lol. I am for sure going to do a few ribbon wrapped gifts this year. Thanks for the tute!

  4. Sweet Gail, your ribbon-wrapped package is stunning! Perfect for Mother's Day :) Hugs to you!

  5. Gorgeous! Beautiful way to wrap a gift for Mother's Day or for anytime.

  6. Wow, that is gorgeous. How special to create something that pretty. Awesome tutorial Gail.

  7. Just Gorgeous Gail. It looks to pretty to want to tamper with it and open it up.

  8. Another fabulous project. Fascinating how you make the bow. I have not seen one of those gadgets before, except on your projects.

  9. It's lovely! I'm always looking for new ways to wrap gifts, but I never thought about using just ribbon! Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party! Pinned!

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  10. Just beautiful! I love my bowdabra. It is a great little tool. xxx Maria

  11. What a beautiful package, Gail! You make it look so easy!

  12. This is so cool! I love the idea. And it's beautiful, too.

  13. This is so pretty! Thank you for sharing. You are one of the features at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link to this week's bash! Hope to see you again real soon! Happy week to you! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  14. Gail, this bow is too pretty. Never mind the gift, the bow is gift enough, simply gorgeous! Thanks for sharing at Sweet Inspiration!


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