What goes at the top of a gift basket as the crowning glory to complete it? Here’s where you learn all about the most beautiful bows for baskets.

Gorgeous gift in itself

A skilled florist puts all of her energy into creating a work of art with flowers whether in a vase or garden.

The same is true about your love for crafting a masterpiece in a basket or another vessel with foods and gifts made for a special person.

When you design a gift basket, a technique you’ll find in another article. your goal is not only to make the customer and receiver happy. It’s also to create a visual presentation that will always be seen as a treasure. This is why selecting the perfect bow for each gift basket you make is critical.

Choose carefully

Everything about the gift basket must be meticulous in selection, from the basket to the bow. Tying a string around the cellophane just won’t do. A bow made right is the icing.

I share in the video article, From Flat Ribbon to Beautiful Bow, the thrill of traveling 3,000 miles to Los Angeles to participate in a bowmaking session. That’s how important learning how to make bows was and still is to my business. At the time the Internet did not exist, and bowmaking courses were not available at community colleges. Going outside of my comfort zone was the only option, and the decision paid off.

Time well spent

How mesmerizing it was to be in a classroom with a beautiful roll of teal-colored ribbon in front of me while waiting for the teacher’s instruction. That day each of us, about 30 participants, made a puff bow using 3″ ribbon. It’s the same type of bow shown in the video, and it’s still one of my most-popular gift basket bows.

There are other bow types you can make for gift baskets that you’ll see online, which is one of the best places to learn. You’ll not only find bowmaking tutorials on YouTube and craft sites. There are also demonstrations on sites where ribbon is sold.

All about ribbon for bows

Ribbon is available in 1/2″ to 3″ widths, and ribbon colors, both plain and printed, are available in every conceivable pattern.

Some ribbon contains wire while others do not. Both are appropriate for making bows.

If you’re not ready to make bows from ribbon, you’ll find pre-made bows at craft stores. These bows are made by pulling two thin ribbons wound inside the main ribbon to create the bow. Students in my bowmaking classes exclaimed verbal “aahs” as I show how the flat ribbon suddenly puffs into place.

Always crown your masterful creation with a bow that is as dazzling as the design.

Now that you know all about the most beautiful bows for baskets, what bow have you seen in the past that you want to re-create for your gift baskets?

Shirley George Frazier
In the gift basket world, all roads lead to Shirley George Frazier, the industry's reigning expert and international authority. Shirley is chief basketologist at Sweet Survival LLC and author of the industry's best-selling books, How to Start a Home-Based Gift Basket Business, The Gift Basket Design Book, and Marketing Strategies for the Home-Based Business. Shirley works with manufacturers and retailers to successfully add gift baskets to their current revenue streams. Shirley is also a frequent speaker at events and instructor of the popular online course, Start Your Own Gift Basket Business. Contact Shirley to speak at your event or call 973-279-2799 to schedule a consultation.

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