How to Make Gift Bows

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How to Make Gift Bows

Use all those little scraps of paper that you have leftover after wrapping gifts to make your own gift bows. You’ll be amazed at how easy it is.

How to Make Gift Bows

What You’ll Need:

Wrapping paper
A stapler
A ruler

What You Do:

Cut Out Wrapping Paper Strips

Cut wrapping paper into one-inch wide strips. To make a bow, you’ll need:

  • (3) 11-inch long strips
  • (3) 10-inch long strips
  • (3) 9-inch long strips
  • (1) 3-inch long strip

Wrapping Paper with One-Inch Grid

If your wrapping paper is the kind that has a grid of one-inch squares on the back, you don’t even need a ruler.

Twist Paper into a Figure Eight

Once you have all your strips cut out, take one, and twist it into a figure eight. Staple the center to secure it.

Twist All the Paper Strips

Twist and staple the rest of the paper strips, except for the three-inch strip.

Staple First Three Strips Together

Take all of the 11-inch twists, and arrange them into a flower shape, as shown above. Staple the center to hold everything together.

Create the Other Layers of the Bow

Repeat with the 10-inch twists and the 9-inch twists.

Attach All the Layers of the Bow

Lay the 10-inch “flower” on top of the 11-inch “flower,” so that the loops of the top layer fit into the gaps between the loops of the bottom layer. Secure the two layers together with glue or a staple.

Gift Bow with Three Layers

Then, staple or glue the 9-inch “flower” layer on top. This is how your bow should look at this point. See the gap in the center? That’s where that remaining three-inch strip comes in.

Form Three-Inch Strip into a Loop

Shape it into a loop, and secure it twith a piece of tape.

Glue Loop in Center of Bow

Then, glue the loop in the center of your bow. And voila! Your bow is ready to use!

Homemade Gift Bows in a Variety of Sizes

The fun thing about making your own bows is that you can make them any size you need. To make a bigger, fuller bow, just add additional outer layers. So, if your largest layer is made with 11-inch strips, add a layer that’s made with 12-inch strips and another that’s made with 13-inch strips. Easy.

Want to make a mini bow? Drop down to 1/2-inch wide strips, and cut them to these lengths:

  • (3) 9-inch long strips
  • (3) 8-inch long strips
  • (3) 7-inch long strips
  • (1) 3-inch long strip

Need a really big bow? Size up to two-inch wide strips, and cut them to these lengths:

  • (3) 20-inch long strips
  • (3) 19-inch long strips
  • (3) 18-inch long strips
  • (1) 8-inch long strip

And that’s just a starting point. As long as you make the strips in each layer one inch shorter than the strips in the previous layer, you can go as big or as small as you want. To determine how big the center loop needs to be, just cut a strip of paper, and do a test fit. You want it to stand up as tall as the other loops.

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