I love the decorating around Christmas. I revamped my mom's Christmas tree in high school. We took away the ornaments made in elementary school (or at least all that she would let us) and added a nice color theme, only white lights, and some silver ribbons. By the way, ribbons on a tree look gorgeous. I could only find this picture of the tree...from when I got my fancy camera.
Since I don't have a fancy tree to decorate (except for my lovely 1-footer), I've spent extra time wrapping gifts. If I'm being totally honest, my favorite part of gift giving is wrapping the gifts. Of course, I love the smile on the receiving end, but wrapping is so fun! I've decided to share a tutorial on how to get lovely DIY bows. There are plenty of other tutorials out there for this exact thing, but I'm adding some holiday cheer to my blog.
|First, you need scissors, ribbon (I prefer the thicker kind), and a wrapped gift.|
|Now, wrap the ribbon around the present both "hot dog style" and hamburger style." I just tapped down my ends, instead of knotting it so that you can add the lovely bow at the end.|
|Now, cut a ribbon that is about half the width of your original ribbon and about 8 inches long.|
|Now, you need to circle the ribbon around so that you have about seven or eight layers, depending on how big you want your bow.|
|This is what it looks like flattened.|
|Using your scissors, cut two 1/4 inch slits in the center of your layered ribbon, 1 on each side. Don't cut too deep, or the bow will fall apart.|
|Secure the layered ribbon with your thin 8-inch long ribbon. It will sit right at the slits. I made a double knot.|
|Tie your bow onto the cross section of your present. Don't worry, it will cover up the tape at the end.|
|Pull apart the layered ribbon, starting from the inside on each side. You can move them around to whatever look you desire.|
|Curl any of the ends so that they blend in with the bow (or use this for any parts that may have fallen out).|
|Add the finishing touches...|