I get a lot of pleasure out of giving gifts to people. Selecting just the right item and watching the recipient open it up to discover what’s inside is very enjoyable to me. Similar to how people eat with their eyes (things that look appetizing taste better), I think people first experience gifts with their eyes as well. If it’s packaged just right, it’s more likely to be enjoyed. Unfortunately, transporting wrapped presents—especially when you need to take them through the city on a subway—can be a bit tricky. Crumpled bags, ripped paper or, my personal pet peeve, a smooshed bow, can all ruin the gift giving experience a bit. That’s why I’m thankful for a few type of bow that has yet to fail me:
I call it the cascading ribbon bow. It couldn’t be simpler to make and it has never disappointed me. Its slim profile allows me to easily slip the present it’s adorning into a bag for easy transport and a quick fluff gets everything into place when we arrive at our destination.
To make the bow, simply tie ribbon around your box as your normally would, ending with a knot in the middle of the top. Cut strips of ribbon (mine were about 12 inches long) and tie them to the center knot. Add as many strips as you like, alternating colors if desired. Finish by tying a bit or ribbon over the mass of knots in the center to cover them up.
SWWU Tip 1: The thinner the ribbon the better for this bow. I like to use a 3mm (1/8 inch) size.
SWWU Tip 2: Instead of covering the mass of ribbon with the last knot, you can also tie on a small trinket. A flower, notecard or another small gift would all work well.