Hey kids! Today we are going to make a pom
pom bow. It is kind of windy occasionally, so I am
going to hope to be able to keep things in place.
We are on kitty’s area, so she might show up in the video, since she is sitting there
looking at me like “What are you doing?” I am going to be making this bow, so I went
ahead and got this ready. This is probably about 12 inches worth of
ribbon. I also have a rubbish bag nearby. I bought a total of about a total of 7 yards
of this acetate ribbon. Usually I have them in different colors, but I did not have it
in this specific blue that I wanted for some reason, so I just went to the craft store
and bought a couple of yards. You usually use approximately five yards, which is kind
of on the conservative side. I should have bought more. Anyhow, how I do this is, I love
big, fabulous bows, and I do not think I bought enough of it, but what I normally do is I
will make the bow approximately the size of the package. So I measure across that way
and use that as the top, bring it down and bring it in to make one really large circle.
Let me move the package onto the side. Then, what I do is I get a piece of tape just
so that it stays in place and does not get lost and have to start again.
Okay, so there we are with our big bow and all my ribbon is down on the ground. So I
just hold it right there and I just start spinning it in my hands and we are going to
continue until all five yards of the ribbon is all caught up. Now kitty has decided that
chasing the ribbon on the ground is a fun thing to do. (to cat: Want to come up here
baby?) Alrighty, so there we go. I ended up right
there, just shy of coming full circle. So what I will do is bring it in together. There
is the tape. Bring it in here. (to cat: Want to come up here honey? Come on, you can be
in the video) You bring it in here, and usually what I used
to do was I would just flip it in half like this and hold it over my trash bag and I would
cut a “V”. I saw a different way online recently where as if you leave it like this and make
the V’s here on the corner, you want to make sure that you don’t cut too much off and leave
about half an inch or so right there. I just leave the bag right under there so that the
ribbon doesn’t fly everywhere, because this stuff will fly and relocate. Let’s cut that
off. Okay, so there is.. (to cat: Stay away from the…you know what happened the last
time you tried to tag my scissors, yeah, you ended up crying and it made my heart hurt,
so you stay away from that). Okay, so now you have both ends cut there
and there and bring them together right here in the middle, okay? Here is another piece
that we can cut. I always cut (to cat: Oh, you like to tag it!) and what I do is with
that 12 inch piece that I had before the website that I saw suggested using a piece of wire.
But I am just going to do what I normally do. Acetate isn’t really forgiving, so make
sure that you get it right, of course now everything is going crazily. But right there,
see what I mean by it is not forgiving? It shows where it has been crinkled.
Let me get rid of this because it throws the white balance off.
Okay. So now this is what we are left with right here. (to cat: Alright babe?) And I
go in from the inside and I pull and twist up. Then, you go from the opposite side. While
I lick my finger. Twist, pull up. You continue going from different sides each time. Twist
and pull up. This one probably could have used at least eight or nine yards just for
the bow itself to make it as big and full as I like to make it. So now I am regretting
that I only got seven yards. Okay, and then the last one you just kind
of twist. Then, this has has pulled, you know, buckled
loose just from the pulling, but you go ahead and you do it again from this side. (to cat:
You like playing with it? You like playing with that ribbon? Huh?) Pull it up, pull it
up. I think the fuller it is, the prettier it is. So I say if you have a big package
like I have – that’s what she said – um, just get more yardage and go crazy. So there we
go and a nice twist. Now, since this is what we are left with and
you can go ahead and just mess with it so that it – see? it’s not full enough. It’s
not as fully as I like it to be. But, this is what dad is going to get this year. Then
I just push it under, and turn it that way (to cat: sorry baby) and just attach it and
you can… I always like to just every once in a while do different ones. I will leave
an inverted V or I leave it cut on an angle. Well, there you go. I am going to mess with
this. You can also use the wire rimmed. Those look really pretty, because you can really
place them and bend them to the way that you want them to be. But there you go. Simple,
beautiful pom pom bow. Pull back a little bit. I guess the outside light is really harsh.
There you go.