Bows are an amazing little design… learn how to use them for your props!
A bow is such a simple creation using minimal materials it can often be overlooked when designing photography props, but they produce such a beautiful, soft and flowing element they can be the perfect choice, especially for a beginner prop maker!
Tiny, small, large or enormous, use one bow, use 2,3 or 4 bows! Think carefully about your material and colour choice as this will dictate your style and overall look. Do you want soft and floaty, an organic bow shape or stiff and precise? Maybe lots of texture or smooth and shiny, a rustic, vintage look or glitzy glamour for a perfect princess?
If you are new to crafting your own props, making a bow into an accessory which matches your existing stash is a great place to start. I recommend checking out “Styling your Newborn Portfolio” and “Organise your Prop Stash” first to help you make the best material and colour choices for your DIY adventures and to maintain a consistent brand style.
How to Tie the Perfect Bow
The first step to a beautiful bow is learning how to tie a perfect looking bow every time. If you’re using 3 bows side by side on a tieback you want them to look the same if not very similar. Watch this video to show you how and use the writing instructions…
This technique requires you to tie a knot to create the bow… remember this when selecting your material. Go too wide or too thick and the knot in the middle will be bulky and untidy. This will require a different technique which you can explore inside the “Craft your Creativity” membership.
- Your fingers!
- Ribbon, strips of fabric like silk or cotton, lace, leather, yarn etc.
Now can now attach your bows onto tiebacks, bonnets, hats, blankets and more… If you want to learn more about how to do this then sign up to our FREE “Craft Your Creativity” library of tutorials!
We hope you have fun making bows and share your creations with us by tagging #natartmadethis. For more DIY ideas and inspiration, join us on Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook. Or browse our video tutorials on how to make photo props, home decor, and more.
Thanks for images by @amandamarieartistry and @rusticheartphotography