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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Handmade Gift Bow Tutorial

I made some of these gift bows last spring with my sister and then completely forgot about them until last week when I started thinking about wrapping Christmas gifts. They are very simple to make and are just another small way to live frugally and green by reusing your old magazines. I've been using all of those baby magazines we when given by the hospital when Jonathan was born.

The Supplies:
1 magazine page
small hole punch (or a sharp object for poking a small hole)
1 metal brad

Step 1: Cut across the magazine page to make nine 3/4 to 1 inch strips.

Step 2: Start with one strip and make a loop at one end.

Step 3: Turn the strip and make a loop at the other end.

Step 4: Use the small hole punch (or sharp object ~ be careful!!) to make a hole through all 3 layers of paper.

Step 5: Place the brad through the hole.

Step 6: Repeat with the remaining 8 strips.

Step 7: Open the brad to hold all the strips in place.

Attach the bow using double sided tape.

I will warn you, it is very hard to make just one. I know from experience. :)

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Blogger Miranda said...

I LOVE THIS!!! : ) I had no idea how simple, but truly awesome making your own bows could be. Thank you so much for posting... I'm off to find some magazines!

December 17, 2008 at 8:51 AM  
Blogger Phyllis Sommer said...

that is so so so cool. i'm off to try it...

December 17, 2008 at 9:30 AM  
Blogger DeeBee said...

What a great idea. I hate buying bows because they seem to be a little expensive and this is a great way to have original bows!

December 17, 2008 at 12:23 PM  
Blogger ohAmanda said...

SO CUTE! I did a giftwrap bow tutorial for wfmw last week! Yours is waaay cute!

December 17, 2008 at 1:44 PM  
Blogger mub said...

This is awesome, thank you so much!

December 17, 2008 at 2:26 PM  
Blogger Jen Milne said...

Love it, love it, love it!! Thanks for posting, can't wait to try it. :-)

December 17, 2008 at 3:48 PM  
Blogger DairyQueen said...

very cute!!

December 17, 2008 at 9:13 PM  
Blogger MamaMia said...

What a great idea!! I am so glad I found this. I was really sad last night because I couldn't find my Christmas bows. Now I can make my own!! Thanks for the tutorial!!

December 18, 2008 at 4:26 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

That is such a cool idea! I'm going to have to try it now...

December 19, 2008 at 11:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!! I LOVE THIS! I've been crafting for years but have never seen this done before. So easy. I'm definitely addicted.

December 20, 2008 at 11:40 AM  
Blogger Sheryl said...

Wow, I really love this! Thank you so much for showing how to make these.

January 1, 2009 at 9:47 AM  
Blogger Lana said...

Thanks so much for showing are right, you can't stop with just one.

I need MORE easy crafts!


January 14, 2009 at 5:18 PM  
Blogger Michele said...

This is such a cool idea! My mother gave me all her Martha Stewart Living mags. I hated to throw them out, as they have some awesome info, but only one or two items per magazine. Now I can use them for this, saving only what I want in a three ring binder.

January 14, 2009 at 5:55 PM  
Blogger akawest said...

I can't wait to try these. Thanks for the directions.

January 20, 2009 at 1:47 PM  
Anonymous Juggling Motherhood said...

You are so crafty! Thanks for sharing! Eco-friendly and original! Love it, love it, love it!

December 12, 2009 at 5:40 AM  
Blogger Jess said...

Hi!! How neat!! I'll definitely have to try making my own this year!
I'll be featuring this tomorrow for WK 2 of Just Simply Christmas linky party (15 weeks, 15 themes). We'd love it if you'd join in on the fun!
Hope to see you there!

September 13, 2012 at 10:56 PM  
Anonymous FussBudget said...

Found this on the JustSimplyChristmas blogstop tonight. I always have magazines and catalogs ready to be recycled so this will be great way to use some of them up. I never thought it could be this easy. Thanks for the post.

September 20, 2012 at 2:55 AM  

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