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Thursday, November 12, 2009

A Recycled Holiday- Magazine Bows

Recycled Magazine Bows


I am not going to claim that I came up with this idea all by myself. I had the idea to make bows using scrap paper or magazine pages. So I googled it and sure enough I found this video. She uses a brad to hold the bow together. Since I didn't have any brads and did not want to buy any, I searched a little further and found this tutorial. She uses staples and glue dots. She also cuts the strips to different lengths. Here's another one that uses a brad. If you scroll down there is also another tutorial that shows a different type of bow.

In an effort to use as few materials as possible and keep it simple, I tried several different ways and this is what I came up with. I ended up using one staple and a little bit of double sticky tape. It is a little tricky so you can staple more if you like. If you are really good you may be able to get away with just one staple.

What you will need:
scissors
magazine or scrap paper
stapler
double sided tape

This is what you will need

I put several sheets together so that I could make several bows. Cut the paper into strips.

cut the magazine into strips

I ended up with 9 strips per sheet.

I ended up with 9 strips

Take one strip and make a loop at one end. It took me few tries to figure out which way to loop it, but it didn't take long to get the hang of it.

Make a loop like this


Loop the other side so that you have a figure eight shape.

on both sides


Grab another strip and place it on the bottom.
add another strip
Loop both sides. This is where it gets tricky. You have to make sure you are holding all the pieces together so that you don't lose a loop.
and loop both sides
Do it again.
add another strip
Make the loops.
loop both sides
My front was looking a little bare so I started adding strips to the front.
add strip to the front this time
Make your loops.
make your loops
Keeping adding loops until you are happy with it.
keeping adding loops
I think that looks pretty good.

until you are happy with it
Now staple it in the middle. Don't worry if it gets smooshed a little. You can fluff it back out.
Staple it all together
Take one of your strips and cut it into 3 pieces. You will have two left over for the other bows you will make. Trust me you will make more than one.

cut one of the strips into 3 pieces
Make a loop. I taped mine together leaving a bit of the tape exposed so that I could just stick it to the inside of the bow.

take one of the pieces and tape it together to make a loop

Stick that loop in the middle. Stand back and admire your handiwork.

Tape loop to the center
So pretty.

Ta-da finished Bow
Now you don't have an excuse to buy bows this year.

6 comments:

Melissa G said...

These are great! I love giving the tot bows to play with, but I always hate to create the waste. This is the perfect alternative. Thanks for sharing.

Kimberly said...

Those are so pretty! My Mom has a friend who does amazing work with wrapping gifts. I'm sure he'd love this!

Lisa Sharp said...

I did some of these last year. :)

Run Lori Run said...

This is so cool, can't wait to do this for Christmas this year. Thanks!

HipMomma said...

Awesome awesome idea.

Stacy said...

Wonderful tutorial! Thanks for pulling that together for us. Now I will know where to go if I need one. I usually reuse the ones from previous years. I don't think I have bought a bow in several years!

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