DIY Gift Bows {‘Make It’ Mondays}

I don’t know about you, but when wrapping up gifts, I love to decorate them with a bow and ribbon….

Tied Up With A Bow
…however, I find that (in the UK at least) that the colours are limited, and sometimes, I don’t want a shiny bow.  Well, I’ve solved that problem, but learning how to make my own gift bows!  So here’s a ‘Make It’ Mondays post for you :D
DIY Gift Bows
Making my own bows means I can use any paper that I want, and get a pretty bow to match (or not!) my gift wrap.
They are super simple to make, once you get the hang of how to twist the paper, and I’ll be giving you a step-by-step guide on how to make them.  Knowing how easy these were to put together, I don’t forsee much ready-made bow buying in my future!
DIY Gift Bows
Each bow starts off with 9 strips of paper.  I used some wrapping paper that I had in my stash, but you could use anything you want – magazine pages, newspaper, old books…
Each strip should be 3/4″ wide, and then you need the following quantities and lengths:
  • 3 at 12″ long
  • 3 at 11″ long
  • 2 at 10″ long
  • 1 at 3½” long

DIY Gift Bows

Now, you need to make each strip of paper into a loop, I’ve tried to illustrate as best as I could with my photographs – it will become more apparent when you actually do it yourself.

Take one strip and fold the ends into the centre

DIY Gift Bows

You then lift and twist to the left, putting the patterned side to the blank side.

DIY Gift Bows

Holding carefully, turn the folded strip around and repeat on the other end.

DIY Gift Bows

Secure in place with a staple.  You could use double sided tape, glue dots or regular glue.

DIY Gift Bows

Repeat this process with all the other strips – apart from the smallest strip, which you fashion into a circle.

DIY Gift Bows

With all the strips now looped, it’s time to assemble and make your bow!

Taking two of the longest loops, make a cross like so, fixing with glue, tape or glue dots.

DIY Gift Bows

Then, start adding the rest of the loops, going around in a clockwise fashion, filling in the gaps, start with the biggest loop and work down to the smallest.  Fix each loop in place with glue, tape or glue dots.

DIY Gift Bows

DIY Gift Bows

DIY Gift Bows

DIY Gift Bows

Fix the final loop in place, and you’re done!  How easy was that?!

DIY Gift Bows
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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07938541452523466450 Christine

    Oh my!!! What a GREAT tutorial!! I’m going to start making my own bows!

    Thanks for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality! I can’t wait to see what you link up this evening! :)

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02786732761856671353 Michelle

      When you realise how easy it is, you’ll never need to buy ready made bows again! Have been busy and have had a few days off, but will stop by and do some linking up :)

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