6 Dec

How to make a gift bow

categories Bits + Pieces, Holiday

We’re definitely in full-on holiday spirit over here at the 100LC headquarters! Shopping, wrapping, baking, the works.

We found this easy tutorial on the Whole Living website, on how to make your own gift bow out of old magazines laying around. It’s surprisingly easy!

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.

Cute, no? And it’s always so satisfying to reuse materials when wrapping instead of buying new!

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  1. OOooh what a great tutorial! So trying this this year:-)

    xx Tamara Nicole

  2. Such a nice way to recycle magazines during the holidays!

  3. Love this!!

  4. i love this idea. from a wedding favors to even little gifts that can be given day of the parents this a cute idea.

  5. This is going to completely reinvent my (currently sad) wrapping style. Great how-to!

  6. This is incredibly amazing! No spending, saving the papers and looks amazing!

  7. Wonderful! I get some good knowledge through reading this post. Thanks for sharing and I will try myself to make it in my home.

  8. That’s clever! thank you for the trick ! :))

  9. this looks so easy and pretty and i love that you can use whatever paper you have laying around. thanks for sharing this with us!

    have a happy & warm day!

  10. These are wonderful, thanks for sharing.

  11. The bow making has kept my nieces busy for about an hour now and still counting…. love this!!

  12. Good tutorial. I’ve tried all of these…..
    thanks for sharing…..looking forward to see more……….

  13. I have always wondered how to do this. Thanks so much!

    Best of luck

    Giselle :)

  14. these are SO cute and eye catching….im normally NOT a bow person but im making these! thanks for sharing!

  15. amei tudo isso vou fazer!!!

  16. I am loving this tutorial! Such a great way to reuse all the magazines I have lying around..could also use comics and scrapbook paper!

  17. I just made a couple of these using newspaper. They turned out great. I believe I’ll be making plenty for Christmas. Thank you.

  18. Love this! But isn’t this just their tutorial put on your site?

  19. This is so adorable. Simply but super pretty. I am already ready for xmas! lol and it’s only May!

  20. I love this easy tutorial ! It’s all about sharing , after all, that’s why it’s called a tutorial-to teach, show, inform others how to take what is shown and apply it to their own crafting. I really don’t think it matters WHERE it came from, credit was given where credit was due! Now I have 2 things to use old magazines and other papers for( other one is the rolling method and gluing them to things, (food cans etc.) to uniquely transform ordinary objects and art canvas ! I’m thinking scrapbook VELUM papers would make beautiful ones too and hold up quite nicely due to their stiffness! Thanks again !

  21. I tried this and used my embossing folders on the strips.

  22. Also works great with last year’s calendar.

  23. So many times I have wanted to do this but never knew how. Thank you!

  24. These are so cute and easy! Love them! Thanks for the tutorial! 😀

  25. i love the idea so much. i tried it right away with my old newspaper

  26. I tried this with old calendars. Either my new roll of double sided tape was weak or the paper was too stiff but when I got up the next morning half my bows were exploded little darlings. I’m hoping it was the fact the paper was stiffer than optimal because I really like the looks so I’m trying again with other paper sources…..magazines, papers, etc.

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