Making Gift Bows with Recycled Paper

On the weekend I wrote a post showing how to make DIY gift bows. The bow pictured was made from a Lancome advert, but I also had good results with the front cover from The Sunday Times magazine…

If truth be told, I enjoyed taking photos of these as much as I enjoyed crafting them. For full instructions, see my previous post, otherwise I hope this picture helps give an overview of the how-to:

Sunday Times gift bow

It’s easier than you might think, and quite therapeutic! What do you think to this one? Now just to get someone a present so I can wrap their gift… Please feel free to Pin and share =)

How to Make Paper Gift Bows

I saw a Pin last year which showed how to make DIY paper gift bows – the ones you’d usually buy for 50p in Clinton Cards, and stick on top of a wrapped present for the finishing touch!

Using recycled paper, it’s easy to make your own DIY bows in a range of colours and sizes – you can pull out any colourful pages you see in magazines, and transform them into decorative bows.

How to Make Paper Gift Bows

You will need: Colourful page from a glossy magazine, pencil, ruler, scissors, glue stick

Instructions – adapted from How About Orange:

  1. For best results pull out a glossy page from a magazine which is colourful on both sides
  2. You can make your bow any size, as long as each series of strips is about an inch shorter than the one before. The longer the strips, the bigger the bow
  3. For a typical magazine, you will be cutting out nine (or ten) strips of paper as follows:
    • 3 strips: 10.5 x 0.75 (inches)
    • 3 strips: 9.5 x 0.75 (inches)
    • 2 (or 3) strips: 8.5 x 0.75 (inches)
    • 1 strip: 3.5 x 0.75 (inches)
  4. Twist each strip to form a loop, and glue in place to create perfect points at both ends
  5. Take the three longest strips and layer them on top of each other, spacing evenly and glue
  6. Repeat this process with the remaining strips, glueing together and spaing at intervals
  7. Glue the final strip into a circle and stick into the centre of the bow – et voila!
  8. Attach the bow to your pressie with a glue dot or double-sided tape

In Pictures (Lancome ad):

DIY Lancome Gift Bow

Whilst it may be fiddly to begin with, you’ll soon get the knack, and the results are well worth it!

Once you’ve found the bow size you like, make a template from card which you can draw around whenever you want to make a bow, to save you having to measure it out every time!

Happy wrapping!