A layered bow
is two (or many) bows layered on top of each other and held together with the
wires from the topmost bow. The wires on the other bows are cut close and the
top bow has a center loop. The bottom bow is the largest and has the longest
Tools Florist wire
or bow tying wireWire Cutters
Pliers (for tightening wires on
the heavy material.)
the length of ribbon for the first tail. Hold the ribbon with your thumb
2. With the right side of the
ribbon facing out, make a loop one side. (8" of ribbon makes a
3. Make a full twist of the
ribbon so the right side of the ribbon is still facing out and make a loop
toward the other side.
4. Continue alternating loops
right and left, fully twisting the ribbon as you go, until you have made the
required number of loops on each side. Put florist wire around the center and
twist it tightly at the back of the bow. The wire should be tight enough so
the loops move independently and can be adjusted to make a full, fluffy
5. To make a center loop, twist
the remaining ribbon around your thumb before securing the center with wire.
Adjust the tail so the right side of the ribbon is facing out like the first
tail. Put a wire through the center of the loop and twist it tightly at the
6. Wire the bows together.