DIY: Paper Gift Bow

Christmas is almost here! Are you ready for the celebration? I am not: I still need to wrap the gifts!
This year I decided to go with 100% sustainable gift wrapping. I made gift bows out of old photo magazines and used package paper as wrapping paper.

Paper Gift Bow

While making the bows, I also made a small DIY for you 🙂

Take a colorful page, for example, with a contrast ad picture, and cut it into strips with different length:

  • three strips, 10.5”
  • three strips, 9.5”
  • two strips, 8.5”
  • one strip, 3”

All the strips should have the same width 3/4”.
Paper Gift Bow
Twist the long strips into a double 8-shaped loop. For this kind of bow, you need to make the loop corners sharp.

Roll the short strip into a single loop.
Paper Gift Bow
To fix the loops, staple them in the center.
Paper Gift Bow
Then assemble the strips together by fixing them with glue.
Do the longest ones first. Then assemble the medium ones and glue them in the center of the longest ones.
Paper Gift Bow
Assemble the shortest strips and attach them to the rest of the bow.
Glue the single loop in the center to finish the bow. You are done!
Paper Gift Bow
You can make different bows that look like flowers.

Cut off six really thin (about 1/4′ width) strips with the length about 10”. Twisted them into a double loop with round loose corners. Glue all together while distributing the loops evenly. Put a star stud or some other stud in the middle. And here come the flower bows!

Paper Gift Bow

Paper Gift Bow

Merry Christmas!

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8 replies
  1. Excerpts of Awkwardness
    Excerpts of Awkwardness says:

    Those are so cute! I’ve been doing the first kind for quite some time, and everyone I’ve given presents to has said that it’s their favorite part of the gift since it’s so individualized. I’ll have to try out your paper flower bows.


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