Saturday, December 10, 2011

Upcycled Christmas Bow {Craft}

Christmas can be an incredibly Stressful time, Laden with Commercialism, Waste and Unrivaled in Expense. A good way to Curb some of ALL of the above, is to Make gifts.  I often bake cookies which I put in decorative tins, a few people get knitted scarves and dishcloths each year. But some Cost are unavoidable... Wrapping paper, Ribbons, Bows, ..or are they?

Today I'm going to show you how to make your own Christmas bows ...for next to nothing!
You can use Either Magazine pages, to 'WOW' a green Friend, or to simply keep costs low you can also use Scrapbooking paper - to customize and streamline your gifts look.

You will need;
Scrapbook paper or magazine page
Glue or stapler
Pen or pencil

  • Take your pencil, Ruler and paper, and Measure out (vertically) 9 strips  Each measuring 3/4". Cut these out and line up 

  • Next Divide you're strips into some groups Two Groups of 3, One Group of 2 and one Group of 1
  • Put one of the groups of 3 to the side (we leave these as-is) Cut 1" off the end of each of the second group of Three
  • Cut 2" off each of the group of 2 
  • Measure out the last Strip to 3.5" 
  • The tricky part; you need to 'Twist' each of the large strips (8) into a figure-8 and glue ends in place - The easiest way to do this, is to do one side at at time, the colored side of the paper out - you won't see much of the white once we're done anyways. This is tricky but gets easier with a little pratice.

  • When you have twisted  all 8 of the strips, roll the 3.5" strip into a circle. 
  • Next Glue and place each of the size groups together.(Two Groups of 3 and one of 2) Let dry.
  • When your groups have dried. Glue together. then glue the circle into the middle. 

When using scrapbook Paper, you may find using a stapler to work better, as the card-stock is heavier than Magazine pages.
I used Glue, but it was much more difficult.

Peace, Love & Happy Holidays


  1. Following from the Blog Hop. Very nice to meet you!

  2. Cute idea! Following back from Blog Hop Friday!

  3. I love these bows. Who needs to buy them anymore when its so easy to make?

    Now following you too.

  4. Wow! I'm definitely going to use this idea for Christmas presents this year! :D

  5. Thanks for the follow! Your blog is very cute!

  6. This is really cute. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm following you back. Have a great Sunday.


  7. That is a great idea! Im going to have to try that.

    Im now following your blog!

  8. cute. bow.

    thanks for stopping by. you should totally link this up in the pintervention party section (link open for one more day}

  9. Following back and thanks for the bow tutorial. We have a family member we call, the "Paper Princess!" So many creative people, what fun!

  10. Thanks folks =) Hope some people get use ot of it. - Looks like I missed the pintervention party :P I don't use Pintrest, but Consider myself pretty crafty Whats it all about? Someone tell me ;)

  11. Girl, that is SO super cute. I'm loving it :)

    Following you back ox

    <3-Cami from First Day of My Life