LEARN HOW TO MAKE A BOW OUT OF WRAPPING PAPER: A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO THE EASIEST WAY TO MAKE BEAUTIFUL AND INEXPENSIVE PAPER BOWS
I have never been an expert bow maker. In fact, one might call me the opposite… more like an unskilled experimental, tie and hope it stays bow maker. But after this week… that has all changed! I learned from a friend how to make a bow out of wrapping paper, and it was so easy I just couldn’t resist sharing it with y’all!
This technique is great to use up those wrapping paper scraps that never seem to fit anything, but you hate to throw away in the trash. Gone are the last-minute trips to the store for a bag of bows that don’t really stick anyway.
Find out exactly how to make a bow out of wrapping paper here in this tutorial video, or feel free to scroll on down if you would like more detailed step-by-step instructions.
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OK, now it’s time to dive in on how to make a bow out of wrapping paper. So easy you are going to wonder why you never did this before!
Supplies for the Wrapping Paper Bow:
- Wrapping Paper
That’s it! Making these bows really is that simple!
The first thing you will want to do to make your wrapping paper bow is to choose your wrapping paper. I know, I know this can be the hardest part so the trick is to start with scraps you already have.
Then take a sheet of wrapping paper and fold it in half. The direction that you fold it will determine how long the curls on your ribbon are.
Once the paper has been folded in half, it is now time for the fringe. To make the fringe you basically just cut from the open side of the paper up to the fold.
DO NOT CUT THE FOLD ITSELF!
This is what actually holds to bow together. If you end up cutting it in half you will now have two bows.
Now it’s time to curl the fringe.
Just as you would take the edge of the scissors and curl ribbon… paper works the exact same way. I know… I was mind blown when I realized this too! So cool, right?! Also, if you are like me and accidentally pull a strip or two off as you go, no worries.
The bow will still look amazing in the end. Keep going because it doesn’t have to be perfect for it to turn out great. That’s one of the things I love about this technique. Each paper bow you make is unique.
Once both sides have been curled, it’s time to pull it together. Starting from one side of the paper, create an accordion and fold back and forth until it is in one nice little pile in your fingers.
Again you can be messy with this. Because of the style of this paper bow, there is no exact measurement needed. Totally my kind of craft!
Holding the accordion fold that you just made in the middle, place a piece of tape to hold it down to the present. These would also look adorable on the sides of a brown paper bag to add some color.
Also if you aren’t quite ready to use the bow yet and are on a Netflix binge-making several at a time, just pop a staple in the middle to save for later.
Once the bow is taped down, give it a little shake, a fluff, and viola! Now you have a beautiful handmade, affordable paper bow made out of wrapping paper scraps.
In the example I showed above, the wrapping paper isn’t even two-sided! You can’t even tell! Use your imagination and creativity to have some fun and make these wrapping paper bows your own.
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