Friday, May 21, 2010

Project: upcycled paper bow!

It's such a pleasure giving gifts, seeing the look of surprise on someones face as they open it, you may also like to present your gift with as much effort as you put in to either looking for it or making it. Put a twist on your prezzie and keep it green by recycling some magazine pages into paper bows.

To begin you'll need a stapler, glue stick, scalpel, an old mag and a ruler. In hindsight some double sided tape would have been a real help but I managed without it.

You'll need 9 strips of paper 1.9 cm wide, cut 3 strips 19 cm long, 3 strips 16.5 cm long, 2 strips 14 cm long and the last one 11.5 cm long.

The rest is the fun part, keeping the colourful side down put a dab of glue sitck in the center of the strip, fold in the end and give it a twist before sticking. Once you've glued all your strips stack them largest to smallest so you can get a feel for the bow, stack it to see how it all comes together, staple the three largest together, do the same with the other sizes too, now you are ready to staple or glue the little stacks together which will create your bow! For further instruction and measurements in inches check out the how about orange blog. Best of all its free!

Happy wrapping!


  1. I was just looking up how to make these on you tube yesterday. Going to give it a go.

  2. I love interesting ways to wrap & I LOVE this........ going to give it a go now. :) Thanks. :)

  3. thanks for the tutorial! We need more of these!

  4. Great idea! I've just started doing little matchbook notepads as little freebies with my notecards and art prints that I sell. This is a great idea too!

  5. Fantastic!
    Thank you so much for sharing. This is a brilliant idea.


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