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Step #1:

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This is what the finished product will look like.

Step #2:

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  • Start with Origami paper color side down.
  • Fold corner to corner, making an X in the paper as in picture #2.
  • Turn paper over to color side. Fold in half in both directions, making a "+" in the paper as in picture #3.

Step #3:

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  • Collapse along creases.
  • The result should look like picture #2.

Step #4:

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  • Lay flap on table. Fold down the top point. This is really up to you. This fold will be making the "knot" in the middle of the bow.
  • Open unit up. As you can see, there is a square in the center.
  • Collapse the center square into the center as shown in picture #3.

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  • Picture #1 shows what your paper should look like after collapsing the square.
  • Fold each side into the center using that center crease line as your guide. (Picture #2)
  • Continue on the other side. Flip over and repeat on the other side of paper.

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  • Picture #1 shows all creases folded.
  • Gently open the unit from the bottom upwards. Make sure to keep the previous creases intact.
  • Picture #3 shows the end result.

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  • Turn the unit over as in picture #1.
  • Cut along the folded crease as in picture #2.
  • Continue with the other 3 folds. The result should look like picture #3.

Step #8:

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  • Fold the top down to the bottom. (Picture #1)
  • Fold sides down making a point on both sides. (Picture #2)
  • Repeat on the other side. (Picture #3)

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Cut up the center of both pages. Cut all the way up to the square.

Step #10:

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  • Fold over as much as you like on the inside edge. (Picture #1)
  • Fold the outer edge in. (Picture #2)
  • It is for you to decide how much paper to fold here. There isn't a "correct" way to fold these.

Step #11:

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  • Turn over.
  • Cut the ribbon strands however you'd like. I like making points, but you can do it whatever way you prefer.
  • Take the point on the left and roll it toward the center. Tuck it under the square as in picture #2.
  • Repeat on other side. (Picture #3)
  • Your beautiful bow is finished. Make some more and have fun decorating with them.

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