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Easy Tie Double Stack Bow

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Hello Friends,

Christmas is just around the corner and it’s time to get our wrap on. πŸ™‚

How about we start with a no-wrap box and a snazzy little handmade bow? 

Easy Tie Double Stack Bow

Nowadays, wrapping Christmas gifts is more than just whipping a Santa-covered paper around a box and finishing it off with a slab of Scotch tape and a pre-made, stick-on bow.

Nowadays, we want all the gifts to be part of the decoration. A work of art in their own right.

To make this happen, we need some easy wrapping options.

This bow is easily made in two parts | #doublestackbow #christmaswrapping #christmasgifts | www.thechelseaproject.com

And one of my favorite ways to get my wrap on is to use a pretty box that doesn’t need wrapping paper and add a flashy, handmade bow on top.

Small pieces of ribbon rolled under add fullness to a double-stack bow | #doublestackbow #christmaswrapping #christmasgifts | www.thechelseaproject.com

You know what I’m talkin about, right? The kind of flashy bow that lifts a box past all of the others, like the way a most perfectly fluffy meringue lifts a pie.

Tying a double stack bow is easy | Start with a stiff ribbon in your favorite color | #doublestackbow #christmaswrapping #christmasgifts | www.thechelseaproject.com

And wouldn’t you know, it’s super easy to do.

Easy Tie Double Stack Bow

Preview

But before we get started, let’s take a quick look at how the bow looks once it’s fininshed. This usually makes walking through the directions easier. You have no idea how hard it is to describe HOW to tie a bow using words. LOL. Oye. πŸ™‚

In the photo below, please notice the way the bow is layered onto the box.  

  • In the center (top) is a bow tied with a very thin companion ribbon.

  • The next layer (the second layer) is textured ribbon that sits on the box in an East-to-West orientation.

  • And the final loops of the textured ribbon (the first layer) sits on the box in a Northwest-to-Southeast orientation.

Two-sided, stiff ribbon is a great choice for making a double stack bow | #doublestackbow #christmaswrapping #christmasgifts | www.thechelseaproject.com

Then, to each basic bow, long tails of ribbon are left to help fill out the layers.

OK. Now that we have a general of how this bow looks, let’s get started.

A larger, stiff ribbon and a very thin companion ribbon easily make a double stack bow | #doublestackbow #christmaswrapping #christmasgifts | www.thechelseaproject.com

Easy Tie Double Stack Bow

BOW #1

I like to use double-sided ribbon with wire in the edges, but any good quality, stiff ribbon should work just fine.

The first bow is the easiest. It’s just like tying a shoe.

No-wrap boxes with contrasting ribbon is a great start to making a double stack bow | #doublestackbow #christmaswrapping #christmasgifts | www.thechelseaproject.com

 

Made pretty loops for the bottom of the double stack bow | #doublestackbow #christmaswrapping #christmasgifts | www.thechelseaproject.com

 

Even two-sided ribbon has a pretty side and a less pretty side | Turn the ribbon to the pretty side for making the knot | #doublestackbow #christmaswrapping #christmasgifts | www.thechelseaproject.com

 

Rotate the ribon so that the pretty side creates the second loop for the bottom part of the double stack bow | #doublestackbow #christmaswrapping #christmasgifts | www.thechelseaproject.com

Notice the long ribbon tails at each end.

Always leave #doublestackbow #christmaswrapping #christmasgifts | www.thechelseaproject.com long ribbon tails at the end of the double stack bow |

Easy Tie Double Stack Bow

BOW #2

The second bow is shaped from the ribbon and then tied with a wire in the center. Again, remember to leave some nice, long ribbon tails.

The second bow for the double stack bow is made by cinching the ribbon with a wire | #doublestackbow #christmaswrapping #christmasgifts | www.thechelseaproject.com

Then the center wire is wrapped with a thin companion ribbon.

When shopping for ribbon, always consider buying thinner companion ribbons to use as ties | #doublestackbow #christmaswrapping #christmasgifts | www.thechelseaproject.com

At this point, I guess bow #2 could work alone on a package or be attached to the Christmas tree as an ornament.

Bow #2 ready to create the top portion of the double stack bow | #doublestackbow #christmaswrapping #christmasgifts | www.thechelseaproject.com

But adding it to the first bow that is tied to the no-wrap box is really easy. All you do is untie the thin ribbon and slip it under the center of bow #1. Then pull the ribbon through and tie it in a bow in the very center of bow #2. From here, use your fingers and twist the ribbon into place.

Fluffy bows are easy to make using the double stack bow method | #doublestackbow #christmaswrapping #christmasgifts | www.thechelseaproject.com

Or you can do like me (below) and add multiple bow #2 steps.  This will really fill out the bow. 

More volume can be added to a double stack bow by repeating the steps for Bow #2 several times | #doublestackbow #christmaswrapping #christmasgifts | www.thechelseaproject.com

And that’s all there is to it. Double stack bows in all their easy wonder.

If you appreciate this snazzy little bow, but can’t make it right now….please…

 

Fluffy bows piled high a gift box are super easy to make when you follow these easy steps | Double Stack Bow | #doublestackbow #christmaswrapping #christmasgifts | www.thechelseaproject.com

And for more fabulous gift wrapping ideas, please check out my bloggy friends.

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15 Comments

  • Reply Linda November 20, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    So many stunning ideas! WOW. Thanks for sharing all these.

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 21, 2017 at 8:32 am

      Hi and thanks so much. Happy Holidays!

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  • Reply Nancy November 21, 2017 at 7:19 am

    I love the idea of bow number 2! I love it on top of the package but I also love it as a bow on the tree as you suggested or on a wreath. Amazing! You can never have too many bow tips!

    Nancy

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 21, 2017 at 8:34 am

      Hi Nancy and thanks a million. And that’s right girl.. you can never be too rich, too thin, or have too many bows. LOL Happy Holidays!

  • Reply Vicki and Jenn 2 Bees in a Pod November 21, 2017 at 8:49 am

    Your gold-mesh bows are gorgeous! You make it seem so easy and we love the double stacked option. We can imagine a tree filled with these beauties. Thanks for your great tips and tutorials. Wishing you and yours a beautiful holiday season!

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 21, 2017 at 10:02 am

      Hi Vicki and Jenn and thanks a million! My mom was a bow-making wizard and she would have these little guys stacked to the ceiling. LOL.. Good times! Happy Holidays and thanks for stopping by.

  • Reply BitterrootDIY November 21, 2017 at 9:44 am

    Bow #2 is great! It adds so much character and fluff! Will definitely have to make a couple of these this year.

    Tylynn

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 21, 2017 at 10:03 am

      Hey Tylynn and thanks a million! Hope you enjoy these new bow-tying options! Happy Holidays!! OXXO

  • Reply Cindy November 21, 2017 at 10:39 am

    Your bow is just stunning! Thanks for the easy to follow tutorial!

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 21, 2017 at 11:14 am

      Hi Cindy and thanks! Time to tie-one-on… LOL> XOXO Happy Holidays to you and yours!

  • Reply lynn spencer November 21, 2017 at 10:41 am

    So, I’ve always struggled a bit with bows…so very appreciate your tutorial. Now I have no excuse for not creating lovely bows. Your packages are just gorgeous! Thanks for the inspiration.

    Happy Thanksgiving.

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 21, 2017 at 11:15 am

      Hi Lynne and thanks a million! Bow making –like everything else I do — is just a series of layers. Like a good phyllo –AmIrite? πŸ™‚ You got this. XOXO Happy Holidays to you and yours.

    Thanks so much for your comment!