DIY: how to make your own bow.

posted on: December 14, 2010

These easy-to-make bows will be gracing a few of my presents this year. I've found a lot of inspiration in magazines lately. This one is from Whole Living. Enjoy!

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Making a Bow (found in whole living)

What you'll need:

  • Magazine pages or any other paper material you want to use (you'll need one page per bow)
  • Scissors or a paper cutter
  • Double-sided tape
  • A ruler
  • A pencil

1. Cut the page lengthwise into nine 3/4-inch-thick strips of the following heights: 

  • Three 11" strips
  • Three 10" strips
  • Two 9" strips
  • One 3.5" strip

2. Twist each strip to form a loop at each end. Make a circle out of the smallest (3.5") strip.

3. Secure the ends with a piece of double-stick tape.

4. Layer and stick, starting with the longest strips. End with the circle in the center.


  1. How sweet is that? Love the step-by-step photos--the recyclage, and all those BRIGHTS !

  2. love this! i'm definitely trying this for christmas

  3. i love this idea! ingenious, jen!


  4. thank you for this J!
    I was just trying to figure out how to do this with a friend the other day, and I had no idea!

  5. i love it!!!! this is so cool!!! i was just trying to figure out how to do this while watching my MIL wrap presents. thanks!!

  6. so awesome! I'm totally doing this :)

  7. Precious! I love re-using magazines and papers!

  8. i LOVE LOVE LOVE this. you make it look so simple!

    xo Alison

  9. LOVE IT. I'm cutting strips from magazines right now. Good thing Curt has an obsession with old Nat Geos.

  10. this is sooo cool and easy to make! thanks for sharing!

  11. oh wow! you are way too talented on the diy craft department!!

  12. Ok you are freaking awesome, Thank you so so much for this. I am going to go make like a gazillion of these, thank you so much!

  13. wonderful and so stylish... i love to reUse and Recycle where i can to do my bit for the environment! :)

  14. thank you for sharing! I love this! I will try them for christmas present, you make it so easy and very stylish!!


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