How to Make your own Gift Bows

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Making a gift bow from a magazine page looked so interesting that I couldn't resist trying it out. The result is impressive and these are really lots of fun to do. Try it ... you'll like it!


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Some tips I gleaned in the experience ..
- Try to find a magazine page with interesting and somewhat matching images on both sides of the page. You'll only need one page per bow.
- You cut the page into 9 strips which are 3/4' wide. Leave 3 strips at the full length (@ 11 inches, with the second 3 being 1 inch shorter (@ 10 inches) and then 2 an inch shorter than those (@ 9 inches). The last one should be 3 1/2 inches long.
- The first time I tried it, I used a pen to mark where I'd cut my strips, but be warned .. unless you cut exactly on the line, it will show, as both sides of the page are visible in the finished product. For my second try, I scored the paper and cut along that line.
- If you can find them, using pre-cut pieces of two-sided tape works out really well. In order to make your bow even, fold your strip of paper in half to mark the exact centre, attached the tape to the fold and arrange the 'arms' of your loops so the ends butt up to one another on the tape.
- When arranging your loops, try to make sure the colours are distributed evenly.

On my first attempt (on the red back-ground) you can see my pen-marks and the fact that I should have arranged the loops differently in order to avoid those 4 white ones together in the same area.

Find the original tutorial at : How About Orange

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In summary, this is a fairly easy and rewarding little craft, which will get you kudos from your gift recipients, because they really do look quite impressive.

Thanks for dropping by. Hope you're having a great Wednesday. It is so dark here at 3 pm that it feels like nighttime already.

xo loulou
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8 Responses to How to Make your own Gift Bows

  1. Drew says:

    Love em’ I like how you made them from magazines, it gives them a really unique look!

  2. Kym says:

    Awesome! I want to make bows out of maps!

  3. Esther says:

    Wow, this is really clever. I might give it a go now it doesn’t look so threatening to do!

    Thank your for your kind comments at my blog :-)

    Esther xx

  4. Marielle says:

    That looks fun and simple. Thanks for sharing :)

  5. Laura says:

    Wow! Where did you learn that from? It really looks like a store bought bow! Your Christmas crafting is valuable!

  6. Loulou says:

    Thank you my friends! These are really fun to make. Laura, I got the instructions at How About Orange

    • Laura says:

      Thanks! I followed the instructions ans made my own bows. I like your idea of double sided tape because the glue doesn’t set and makes the bow, kind of, “pop-up”. I have yet to find double sided tape near my home so instead I used a push pin…my Christmas gifts look awesome!

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