Using bows for decoration can be an inexpensive and effective way to add a perfect finishing touch to all kinds of craft and sewing projects. Decorative bows can be used to top off gift packages for any number of occasions, and give them that extra something special. While it does take a little more time, distinct bows on each of your gifts make them much more personal.
The use of fabric or ribbon bows can also be really cute on clothing, whether you are going for a casual, or an elegant look. Commonly used for hair decorations, bows can adorn holiday wreaths, cantacuzino castle wedding
center pieces, floral arrangements, the ends of pews, or backs of chairs for weddings.
The look of the bow depends a great deal on the type of ribbon or fabric it is made from. Polyester, satin, fabric and grosgrain ribbons are popular materials used to make decorative bows for clothing and crafts. The ribbons are easily found at any number of craft stores, and are available in a huge variety of colors, styles and widths. You can also find ribbon that is made with thin wire in the edges to help the bow keep its shape.
Over time, some colors of bows have developed symbolic meaning along with having a decorative function. For example, allegedly, during the 19th century, some women wore a yellow ribbon in their hair to express their devotion for a husband or sweetheart that was away serving in the United States Cavalry. The song "'Round Her Neck She Wears a Yeller Ribbon," is in reference to this practice. Later on, it was the inspiration for the movie "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon," starring John Wayne.
In the 1970's, the yellow ribbon became widely symbolic as a reminder for that loved one that was absent or serving in the military, showing that they were missed, and had a warm welcome awaiting them when they returned. Other bows use a simple loop of ribbon. The pink, single loop bow, probably the most recognized, is a symbol of support for cancer victims and survivors. The red ribbon, of the same design, represents support for those affected by AIDS.
The use of bows it seems, be it strictly for decoration, or as a symbolic reference, is here to stay. With the wonderful array of choices at your disposal, you have the option of buying them already made, or finding just the right color, size and style of ribbon to make your own.