How to make a gift bow

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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!

Social Love

Tamara Nicole on Dec 6, 2011

OOooh what a great tutorial! So trying this this year:-) xx Tamara Nicole

Sharon on Dec 6, 2011

Such a nice way to recycle magazines during the holidays!

anne on Dec 6, 2011

Love this!!

benita wheeler on Dec 6, 2011

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

Annie on Dec 6, 2011

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

Cherisse on Dec 6, 2011

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

Wedding Photographer Southend on Dec 6, 2011

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

Véronique Chambeau on Dec 7, 2011

That's clever! thank you for the trick ! :))

fine little home on Dec 7, 2011

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!

annie on Dec 9, 2011

These are wonderful, thanks for sharing.

Sara R on Dec 21, 2011

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

Silk Wedding Flowers on Jan 25, 2012

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

Giselle on Mar 16, 2012

I have always wondered how to do this. Thanks so much! Best of luck Giselle :)

jaci on Aug 25, 2012

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


amei tudo isso vou fazer!!!

Amanda Hill on Oct 17, 2012

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!

Jenny Knight on Oct 18, 2012

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

Andrea on Nov 14, 2012

Love this! But isn't this just their tutorial put on your site?

Amanda on Apr 30, 2013

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

Michelle Taylor on May 8, 2013

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 !

Deanna on Jul 5, 2013

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

Motyka on Sep 30, 2013

Also works great with last year's calendar.

Krystal on Mar 6, 2014

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

Lauren C on Dec 30, 2014

These are so cute and easy! Love them! Thanks for the tutorial! :-D

helen dayondon on Mar 6, 2015

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

Barbara on Dec 24, 2015

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.

Innisbrook Wraps on Mar 31, 2016

This is incredibly easy!! Crafty, thoughtful, and a great way to use leftover paper. We're going to have to share this on our Facebook page!

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