How to Make an Easy Bow (using Mesh Ribbon)

Making a bow is a great way to add a finishing touch to any project, and using mesh ribbon makes it super easy! You can use mesh ribbon to make bows for wreaths, gifts, or even as decorations on your Christmas tree. Using just a few simple supplies from the Dollar Tree, here’s how to do it.

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Supplies Needed to Make a Mesh Ribbon Bow

  • Mesh Ribbon in your favorite colors (I used 8″ deco mesh rolls from the Dollar Tree)
  • Complimentary Ribbon (I used a complimentary one from Hobby Lobby)
  • Zip Tie
  • Scissors or Rotary Cutter
red white and blue mesh ribbons

How to make a mesh ribbon bow

Making bows is a great way to add a personal touch to any gift, decoration, or craft project. While there are many different ways to make bows, using mesh ribbon is one of the easiest. With just a few simple steps, you can create a beautiful bow that will add a touch of elegance to any project.

Step by Step Video Tutorial

If you prefer you can watch my live step by step video tutorial below.

Step One. Cut your mesh ribbon into strips

Cut each color of your mesh ribbon into 8″ strips.

Cutting White Mesh Ribbon

For this bow, you’ll need to cut 3-5 strips.

Step Two. Cut your coordinating ribbon

Cut a slightly shorter piece of your coordinating ribbon. I just eyeball it, but I’d say about a half inch shorter than the mesh ribbon.

coordinating patriotic ribbon

Step Three. Roll the Mesh Ribbon into rolls

I know that sounds funny, but it’s so easy to do. The mesh already wants to roll up anyway. Simply roll the strips into rolls.

deco mesh roll

Step Four. Layer the bow

Pinching each strip in the middle, one at a time, criss-cross your mesh ribbon back and forth in layers until all the rolls are used.

criss cross mesh ribbon

Keep the center of all of the rolls tight between your thumb and hand.

mesh ribbon in a bow bundle

Finally, add that coordinating ribbon strip to the top of the bundle you are pinching in your hand.

mesh ribbon bow with top ribbon

Step Five. Zip tie the bow

Zip tie the pinched bundle of ribbons in the center.

zip tie

Making a bow is one of those things that seems a lot harder than it is. But with a little bit of practice, you’ll be able to make perfect bows every time!

And using mesh ribbon makes it even easier since all you have to do is cut, gather, and zip tie the ribbon around the center. BOOM!

finished mesh ribbon bow

I hot glued my mesh ribbon bow to an old denim pocket and I love it! What do you think? Will you try this bow out?

Melanie Ferguson holding a mesh ribbon bow

Ways to Use Bows

There are a few different ways you can display your new mesh ribbon bow. You can attach it to a wreath, use it as a gift topper, use it on a candle, a tiered tray, or even hang it on your Christmas tree.

If you’re attaching it to a wreath, start by threading a second zip tie underneath the first one in the center of the bow to allow something to use to attach it to the wreath. Then fluff out the loops and tails to create a beautiful and full, fluffy bow.

close up of wreath hanging on the front door

If you’re using it as a gift topper, tie the bow around the center of the gift and then fluff out the loops. You can also add a bit of ribbon or string to the back of the bow so that it’s easy to attach to the gift.

easy-gift-bow-using-tissue-paper white

For display on a candle, simply hot glue it to the front. Add the candle or even just the bow to a tiered tray for a festive look!

To hang your bow on a Christmas tree, start by tying the center of the bow around one of the branches. Then take a piece of string or ribbon and tie it around the back of the bow. This will create a loop that you can use to hang the bow on the tree.

Christmas Tree Topper idea final close up

Making a bow is a great way to add a personal touch to any gift, decoration, or craft project. And using mesh ribbon makes it quick and easy.

All you need is a length of mesh ribbon, a pair of scissors, and some wire or string to tie off the bow. Follow the instructions above to create your own beautiful bows!

messy bow burlap pillow wrap

More Easy Bow Tutorials

How to Make an Easy Bow (using Mesh Ribbon)

Making a bow is a great way to add a finishing touch to any project, and using mesh ribbon makes it super easy! You can use mesh ribbon to make bows for wreaths, gifts, or even as decorations on your Christmas tree. Using just a few simple supplies from the Dollar Tree, here’s how to do it.

Equipment

  • Scissors or Rotary Cutter

Materials

  • Mesh Ribbon in your favorite colors
  • Complimentary Ribbon
  • Zip Tie

Instructions

  • Step One. Cut your mesh ribbon into strips
  • Step Two. Cut your coordinating ribbon
  • Step Three. Roll the Mesh Ribbon into rolls
  • Step Four. Layer the bow
  • Step Five. Zip tie the bow

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