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How to Tie the Perfect Knot and Bow

Hi All!

Instead of doing a card-making video this weekend, I decided to put together two tutorials – how to make the perfect knot and how to make the perfect bow. I’m not kidding when I say that I have tied at least 1,000 knots on cards. I am a perfectionist, so I spent a lot of time figuring out how to make it so that the top is smooth and flat. I hope you find the videos easy to follow. If you have questions, email me!

Watch the videos and try it yourself. Let me know what you think!

Have a great weekend!!

The perfect knot:

The perfect bow:


  1. wrote on April 12th, 2010 at 6:38 am


    Thanks Darlene for doing this video, I always have problems when tying bows! I will try this and see if it works for me. Thanks again.

  2. wrote on June 23rd, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    Susan McRae

    I came across your website through HAFlickr and then found your video tutorials. I’m so glad I did! You’re really great at explaining everything and giving little tips. Thanks so much!

  3. wrote on August 11th, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    Beth Adams


    Thank you, thank you, thank you for taking the time to create these wonderful videos. I am posting instructions for a card on my blog and posting a link to these videos for those who need help tying ribbon.

    Great videos – thank you!


    • wrote on August 11th, 2010 at 8:10 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Thanks for the link Beth! Glad you enjoyed it!

  4. wrote on November 14th, 2010 at 1:11 am

    Ruth Ann

    Thank you so much for straightening out a “knotty” problem. Never could make a pretty bow. Your trick with the glue dot is just the ticket. Now maybe I can truly make a beautiful bow. Thanks so much!! I’ve learned so much from your site. Keep up the gorgeous work!!

  5. wrote on April 23rd, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    Francine G

    Thank you so much, my bows were always crooked. I love the trick with a glue dot.
    From now on I will make beautiful bows!

  6. wrote on September 17th, 2011 at 8:26 am


    By far the best tutorial for simple bows…love your cards. Your copic tutorials made me finally take the plunge…you cracked the mystery for me, thanks!

  7. wrote on February 2nd, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Leonie (Australia)

    Darlene, you are AWESOME!!! I learn so much from you. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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