A huge thank you to Laura for doing this post. I’ve always wanted to know how to make my own bows and this tutorial is perfect! Enjoy folks:)
When it comes to gift wrapping I have always thought bows were kind of tacky. Until now! This is a fabulously easy project -make your own unique bows from magazines! All you’ll need for supplies are magazines (also, scrapbooking paper or old maps work well!), a cutting board or scissors if you don’t have one, a stapler and glue gun or double sided tape. While this project may seem somewhat tedious, it’s perfect for doing while enjoying a long phone conversation or good chick flick. And you might as well make several while you’re at it!
Step 1: To begin, sit down with a pile of old magazines and rip out pages that have bright colors, fun patterns or fonts.
Step 2: Once you’ve chosen a page, cut it length-wise into nine strips, 3/4 inch wide. Leave the first 3 strips full page length. Cut 1 inch from the next three strips. Cut 2 inches from the next two strips. Cut the final strip down to just 3 1/2 inches.
Step 3: Next, fold strips into loops on either end and fasten with a staple. Fold the 3 1/2 inch strip into a single loop.
Step 4: Arrange the three largest pieces on top of one another, spacing them evenly apart. Fasten each with a glue dot or double stick tape. Repeat with the following three pieces, and again with the two smallest pieces. Finally, glue the single loop in the middle and voila… You’re finished!
Want to keep your gift wrap homemade, green and FREE too? Wrap that gift in some old newspaper, comics or brown paper bags, which might look ho hum alone, but not after adding some lovely and colorful bow flair on top!
Enjoy and happy bow-making!
– Laura, ProbablyActually.Blogspot.Com