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Summer Efficiency Series: Part II

Centerpieces are a great way to accent and solidify any party theme. If you're an experienced decorator, you know that finding creative and relevant pieces is often easier said than done. Many times we have a vision or an idea of what we'd like to display, but our options in color, size, texture and price level sometimes take our ideas in a different direction. Sometimes this change is for better, but other times it's not and we have to make countless trips to return or exchange an item and find the perfect replacement. Because all this experimentation takes time, we'd like to introduce you to one item that won't take any time at all: the pull-string bow.
Light Pink Bow (Large)
$3.95/ 5 bows
The pull-string bow is by no means new. In fact, florists have been using them for many years. They're available in almost any color and in different sizes to complement any arrangement or centerpiece. Of course, the most amazing part is that they assemble themselves. Unassembled, they look like flat pieces of ribbon with tiny pieces of wire on each side. Simply pull the "skinny" strings while pushing the large loops up, and watch as the bow forms before you. It's quick, simple and looks great! Creating bows yourself is an art in and of itself. Many florists have mastered this craft, but even they have resorted to using the pull-string bow. When you have to make back-to-back arrangements, or centerpieces, this alone can be a taxing activity. Save yourself some time and try these bows for yourself.

See how it's done below!



Read the Series!

Part I - Disposable Helium Tanks
Part III - Balloon Filler Valves
Part IV - Balloon Tie Discs
Part V - A Ribbon Cutting Technique



Written by: Miriam E. Medellin


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