How to tie a Tiffany Bow

I once decided that I needed to learn how to tie a a Tiffany bow. This might seem like a frivolous quest but I figured, why not learn to do it the right way? So I walked into Tiffany's and asked for help.

Now I'll save you the trip and teach you how to do it. It's really easy once you know how.

Step 1

Gather your materials. You'll need:

1) a box

2) nice silky ribbon (I usually cut enough to go around the box about two-and-half times)

3) scissors

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Step 2

Leaving at least a box's length of ribbon at the bottom of the box, place the ribbon at the center of the top of the box and hold with your thumb. Like this:

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Step 3

Wrap the ribbon once around the box. Place the second piece of ribbon under your thumb as well:

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Step 4

Fold the ribbon over your thumb to go around the box at a 45 degree angle:

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Step 5

Keep going...

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Step 6

...until you go around once:

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Now, the step coming up is actually the most important one of the
process - if you screw up this step the bow won't work - but don't
worry, it's an easy step. Ready?



Step 7

Tuck the ribbon under and back across the ribbon you were holding
with your thumb. You're basically making a U-shaped hook. If the ribbon
looks like this you're almost done:

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Step 8

Now center and tighten the ribbon:

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Step 9

Now, just like you learned in elementary school, you make a loop
with the uppermost piece of ribbon to your right, and then wrap the
other piece around and push through to make a bow:

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Step 10

At this point, your bow will probably look pretty crappy. Thats fine - just loosen and recenter it:

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Step 11

...tighten again:

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Step 12

Trim the edges of the ribbon and...

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...Voila! You have a perfectly executed Tiffany bow:


After a few rounds of practice you'll be able to do this with your
eyes closed. You can use this  technique to wrap anything, but a
Tiffany gift wouldn't hurt!

(OK, your wallet might cry a bit, but the rest of you will be quite happy.)