Embellished Bows

by Karen Giron

Simple bows become snazzy in a few simple steps.


  • Wide Ribbon (approximately 10-12" in length)
  • A Button
  • Embroidery Floss (approximately 5" in length)
  • Scissors
  • Mini Glue Dots


  1. Step 1

    Thread both ends of the embroidery floss through the back of the button, leaving a large loop behind the button.

  2. Step 2

    Fold about 1/3 of the ribbon backward.

  3. Step 3

    Repeat previous step on the opposite end of the ribbon.

  4. Step 4

    Holding the ribbon in the center, place the ribbon through the threaded button.

  5. Step 5

    Tie the button to the ribbon making sure to pull it extremely tight and centering the button before tying the knot.

    Be sure to make any adjustments to the bow before tying the knot tight.

  6. Step 6

    Snip the ends of your ribbon. Add a different look to the bow by trimming the ends in a V shape

    Add the bow to your project with a mini glue dot.

  7. Step 7

    Completed card featuring an embellished bow.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Embellished Bows. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Karen, those bows are so pretty! Great instructions and pictures!
Hugs and smiles
beate  |  Sat Aug 15, 2009 at 4:32 AM
Terrific idea for a clever yet easy bow treatment. I just love it!
Cathy  |  Sun Aug 16, 2009 at 3:23 PM
This looks so easy to do. I've been struggling forever doing it the hard way - not any more! smile
Ryann Salamon  |  Wed Aug 19, 2009 at 5:16 AM
Super-sweet and so fun! Thank you, Karen, for this!
elliesmom  |  Sun Aug 30, 2009 at 6:02 AM
I love your perfect little bows, Karen! I'm so bow challenged, this will really come in handy.
Julie - justwritedesigns  |  Tue Sep 1, 2009 at 9:27 PM
Fabulous tutorial Karen! Thank you for showing me an easier way to do this button thing....(all thumbs here lol!)
Bonnie Sharp  |  Fri Sep 4, 2009 at 5:30 AM
This is too cool to miss! I'll be giving this a try soon!
Thanks a bunch!

TexasGrammy  |  Sat Sep 12, 2009 at 9:41 PM
Thx so much Karen. How cute. I can't wait to use that li'l idea. Ni-Night All. Andi
Andi  |  Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 4:26 AM
i am so going to try this, on friday. i have terrible time with making bows look presentable.
carol newman  |  Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 12:12 PM
Wow...I like it...simple & easy. Thanks for sharing idea.
JENNY KARUH  |  Thu Nov 22, 2012 at 3:32 AM
I Love it!!!!!!!!

So simple, I am bow challenged , so this is
Effect for me. Thanks for sharing.
Kathy  |  Thu Nov 22, 2012 at 4:20 AM
What a cute idea! While looking over the idea, I thought about using the two colored twine to hold the bow together. I was thinking about how cute the red/white or green/white twine would look used on christmas cards. I can't wait to try. Thanks for the tip. smile
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Judy, craft smiles  |  Fri Nov 23, 2012 at 11:06 PM
I just tried this with using the twine on 2 ribbons and I also added a flat back pearl to one to hide the twine. I am in the process of making a wreath with the pine bough Martha Stewart punch so the ribbon will be just what's needed to complete it.
Anna  |  Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 3:40 PM

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