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Easy to Make Spiral Bow

I often hear crafters complain that they’re “bow challenged”.   Well, today’s May Arts ribbon tutorial is so easy, even a child can do it!  May Arts wired ribbons and especially the fun new wired chevrons make bow making fun and easy.

I find it easier to begin my card making when I have an inspiration piece to draw from.  I saw this color combination in a recent catalog and instantly fell in love with the bright vibrant orange and deep turquoise colors and the beach theme.

Card Inspiration

When designing a card for a friend, I try to think of their personality and style.  I want my card to say, “I was made just for YOU.”  My friend’s personality is bright and bubbly but her style is simple and elegant so I wanted her card to reflect both sides of her.  She lives in a tropical climate so the beach theme was perfect.

Easy to Make Spiral Bow

I love the idea of the elegant background paired with the fun May Arts Wired Chevron Ribbon Spiral Bow and lots of sparkly glitter.  A glittered up wooden starfish brings in the beach theme.

Making the bow is as easy as 1-2-3.

  1. Tie a square knot (I’ve linked up an animated photo tutorial at the end of this post).
  2. Pull to tighten.  Make sure to keep your center flat.
  3. Wind the Wired Chevron tightly around a pencil.  Pull out the pencil and arrange your bow. Trim ends as desired.

That’s it!  You could make fuller bows by adding lengths of ribbon under the square knot prior to pulling it tight, if desired.

Easy to Make Spiral Bow

We hope you’ll give this bow a try.  There are so many colors of gorgeous Wired Chevron ribbons to play with to match any color combination; we bet you’ll want to make them all.

I made the numbers by attaching a square of orange cardstock to a square of Scor-Tape Adhesive Sheet, then running the number die through my die cutting machine.  I then ran the numbers through the Xyron X-Cube cardstock side down.  By running the numbers through cardstock down, the adhesive was on the front side allowing a sprinkling of glitter to stick perfectly without rubbing off.  Then I just peeled the backing from the Scor-Sheet side which allowed me to place the numbers securely on the card front.

Easy to Make Spiral Bow

We hope we’ve inspired you today!  Thanks for visiting us on the May Arts blog!

Blog post by: Charlene Driggs

May Arts Ribbon Used:

May Arts Woven Chevron Ribbon

Partners in Craft Supplies Used:

Other Supplies Used:

  • Stamps and Number Dies – Papertrey Ink
  • Cardstock – Neenah Cream; Stampin’Up
  • Wooden Starfish – Pink Paislee
  • Embossing Folder – Sizzix
  • Glitter – Art Institute
  • Pencil
  • Square Knot animated tutorial –
  1. Chrissy

    Great idea!  I'll need to get some more wired ribbon. 

  2. Shona

    I love this Charlene.  The card is a sure hit with that ribbon!

  3. erin

    Definitely going to have to give that a try.

  4. Ruth G

    What could be more fun than a spiral bow? Thanks so much for sharing!

  5. Virginia Fynes

    unique idea! Will be using this one!

  6. Ava Gavloski



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