It’s not the gift, but the thought that counts. Right?
It’s cliche, but I tend to think that the answer is yes. Some of the things that mean the most to me are gifts given from the heart.
It’s probably because I enjoy RECEIVING those thoughtful gifts so much, that I also like to GIVE and PACKAGE them too.
One way to really personalize a package is with special handmade wrap. Today I am going to share a super-easy tutorial for creating a DIY paper bow. You can use any paper to make these bows, so really the possibilities for customization are completely endless…
Here’s what you’ll need to complete this project:
- 12×12 patterned scrapbook paper any weight (I used heavy weight, double-sided paper from Studio Calico)
- paper trimmer
- mini hole punch
- adhesive or double sided tape (optional)
Start this project by trimming the 12×12 scrapbook paper into 3/4 inch strips.
You should end up with 15-16 different strips (depending on how carefully you trim).
Next, trim about four of strips of paper to 11 inches, four strips of paper to 10 inches and one strip of paper to five inches.
Crease all but the five inch strip in the middle to mark your center point.
With your mini punch, or a substitute (I have even used a tack), punch a hole through all but the five inch paper strip in the middle at the crease at toward each end. Each papers trip should have three holes.
Slip a brad through the center of one of the longest strips of paper. An alternate would be to use tape, but I don’t find that it works as well for me.
Twist the end of the paper to the brad and secure. You should see the same side of the paper facing up in both the middle and on the end.
Repeat on the other end.
Allow your loops to be fairly loose, if they are to tight the bow just wont work.
Repeat, layering the paper loops on the brad.
I find that every time I create a bow, I use a different number of paper strips. I just sort of play with it until it looks right. In the case of this bow, I only ended up using three of the 12 inch paper strips before moving on.
Don’t worry about perfection. As you can see in the photo above I even had a tiny tear in this bow, but it will not show in the end…
Layer until you feel the bow has just the right amount of fluffy.
Once you have filled the bow with loops, take your five inch paper strip and loop it into a circle. Push it through the brad and then secure the brad flat.