Monday, December 14, 2009

Easy homemade gift bows

Have you been wrapping all your gifts? I've started and I'm about half way done, now I just have to wait for the rest of them to arrive. My favorite tip about wrapping presents is making your own bow for the top. My mom has made these bows for as long as I can remember and her mom before that. It is one of those things I just kind of thought everyone did, until people started asking me how to make them. So here is the easy bow tutorial.

First use a scrap of wrapping paper that you have left over. I always use a square and fold it in half.

Now just start cutting strips, you can make them as wide or as thin as you want. Making them thicker or thinner will change the look when you are done.

When all of your strips are cut, open the scissors up and glide the paper across the blade. I always start in the middle and go in opposite directions. As you glide the paper it should curl the paper. You may have done this with ribbon, its the same thing. Don't push to hard because you could rip the paper.

Now group all of the strips in the middle.

Secure with a peace of tape with the edges hanging over the paper to attach to the box.

Tada! You're done. Easy, beautiful, and inexpensive.

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Suzan said...

That's really clever and a great idea. Thanks!

Cindy said...

Great idea! I'm so trying this :)

UnfinishedMom said...

This is a really great idea. I love making bows for presents and this is a really easy one! said...

wow! that's so simple! who'd of thought? :)
thanks for sharing!

Brooke said...

very cool! i wish i'd have known about that before buying those cheap looking stick on bows this year.


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