When I arrive at a party or shower or holiday get together, I have a gift in tow. More often than not, that gift will be in a reused gift bag with some sorry-looking tissue paper crammed in the top. Either I’m, a) lazy, b) frugal, c) clueless or ugh, d) thoughtless. I’m going with a through c, thank you very much.

Then there is another woman who, when she arrives at any gift-bearing gathering, is the bee’s knees, the darling, the lady who knows a thing or two about gift presentation. Enter Kristie Cobb, Assistant Principal at Wilmeth Elementary by day, crafty crafter and all around creative soul all the time.

When I arrived for my lesson with Kristie, she had beautifully wrapped packages of all sizes on display. They just looked so pretty!

“I’m from the mindset that the packaging makes the gift more special,” Kristie said. She was kind enough to teach me how to make a basic bow that will work on any gift.


  • Scissors
  • A Gift
  • Ribbon – wired ribbon is nice because you can bend to shape. Look for heavy, stiff or wired ribbon. Tulle also makes nice bows and can be reused! Just pop the old ones in the dryer with a damp cloth for 6-8 minutes and they come out looking great.
McKinney Magazine How To: Wrap Presents
McKinney Magazine How To: Wrap Presents
McKinney Magazine How To: Wrap Presents

1. Cut a strip of ribbon about 12 inches long and set aside.

2. Using the ribbon on the spool, let out a decent amount. In the middle of that strip, make the center loop for the center of the bow. Pinch the base of the loop between your thumb and finger.

3. Make the first loop by extending the ribbon to the size you like and looping towards your thumb. Pinch together.

4. Make a loop on the other side the same size. Bring it to the center and pinch.

5. Repeat, gradually making the loops a bit bigger.

6. When you have the desired amount of loops (odd numbers on both sides look much better), cut the ribbon.

7. While holding the bow still in your thumb and forefinger, take the strip of ribbon you set aside and thread it through the center loop. Tie it in a knot at the base of the center loop.

8. Begin to shape the bow by gently pulling on loops.

9. Attach to package and continue to shape and trim the ends.

It might take a little practice but it’s so worth it! Wow your friends and family this holiday by putting that perfect gift in the perfect package. You just might inspire someone else to do the same!


About the author: Simri Davis lives to read and loves to live in McKinney with her husband and three children.


(This story is reprinted from the December 2011 issue of McKinney Magazine)