🇺🇸How To Make Yellow Ribbon Bows For Our Military

How to Make Decorative Big Yellow Ribbon Bows

By Suzie Faloon, eHow Contributor

Suzie Faloon is a freelance writer who has written online content for various websites. As a professional crafter and floral designer, Faloon owned a florist business for nearly 25 years.

A large Yellow Ribbon tied around a tree.

Yellow Ribbon bows have long been a symbol to be tied till a loved one is welcomed home from a military deployment, long  journey, hospital or a prisoner. A large yellow fluffy ribbon bow is a striking addition to a wedding arbor, surprise gift or a welcome home display. Use regular ribbon to make a large decorative ribbon bow. The stiffer sides of wired ribbon allows you to shape the over-sized bow with loops that hold up well in the out of doors.

Things You’ll Need

  • Wide wired ribbon

  • Florist wire


  • 1

    Cut a 12- to 14-inch piece of 2- to 4-inch wide wired yellow ribbon from the spool. Set it aside on the work table.

  • 2

    Unroll 3 to 4 feet of ribbon from the spool. Pinch the ribbon between your thumb and forefinger 12 to 14 inches from the end of the ribbon.

  • 3

    Make a loop with the ribbon using your free hand. The loop should be about 6 to 8 inches long. Twist the ribbon to keep the right side out. Form a loop on the opposite side of the first loop.

  • 4

    Make four more loops by twisting the ribbon and forming loops one after the other on both sides of the bow. You now have a total of six loops. Pull the ribbon from the spool as you work with it.

  • 5

    Wrap the piece of ribbon that you have set aside around the center of the bow. The center of the ribbon strip should lie on top of the fingers that are holding the bow in place.

  • 6

    Tie a tight knot at the back of the bow. Pull the ends tightly to pull the center of the bow firmly together. Cut a long strip of wire or ribbon to allow you to secure the large decorative yellow bow on to an item such as a wedding arbor, tree or porch railing. Thread the ribbon or wire through the area at the back of the bow, just under the knot.

  • 7

    Fluff out the bow loops by placing your fingers in the center and push the ribbon outward.

  • 8

    Cut V-notches or a slant on each of the two tail ends of the ribbon bow.

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