Tuesday Tutorials – DIY Gift Bows

This week we continue our series of reusing and recycling for the holidays!  Last week we looked at ways to use old greeting cards (including Christmas cards), and this week we’ll learn how to make your own gift bows!  These are incredibly easy and fun to make, and can use any paper you have lying around.  The original tutorial was found at 100 Layer Cake and uses old magazine pages.  I think it’s a great way to use up old magazines instead of throwing them out, and I had fun flipping through them to find colorful pages!

How to Make a Gift Bow

gift wrap bow

Step 1: Cut the page lengthwise into nine 3/4-inch-thick strips of heights shown: Three at 11 inches, three at 10 inches, two at 9 inches, and one at 3 1/2 inches.

Step 2: Twist each strip to form loops at both ends. Make a circle out of the smallest.

Step 3: Secure the ends with a piece of double-sided tape.

Step 4: Layer and stick, starting with the longest strips. End with the circle in the center.


Here’s one I made to top my Mom’s birthday gift.  She was just as impressed with the creative bow as she was with the gift!

Spend an afternoon making enough for all the gifts you’re giving this year and feel good knowing you are getting a little more life out of materials you already had.  Happy crafting!


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