DIY Paper Bow

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…

DIY Paper Bow Tutorial 1

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
  • brads
  • mini hole punch
  • adhesive or double sided tape (optional)

DIY Paper Bow Supplies

Start this project by trimming the 12×12 scrapbook paper into 3/4 inch strips.

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You should end up with 15-16 different strips (depending on how carefully you trim).

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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.

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Crease all but the five inch strip in the middle to mark your center point.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Repeat on the other end.

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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.

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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.

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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.

DIY Paper Bow 10That’s it. It’s ready to go!

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Butterflies in the Wind {tutorial}

*Tutorial by Amber C @ The Craft Project for her win of the “Scrap”tastic Challenge of season 15*


To create my “Butterflies in the Wind” project you will need:

  • A picture frame with a wide mat and the glass removed (mine was 16″ x 20″)
  • A piece of good watercolour paper
  • A selection of paint chips in a range of colours (grab them from the paint section of a hardware store)
  • Black and white sharpie paint pens
  • Thin wire
  • A strong glue, like E-6000
  • Three sizes of butterfly punches (2″ wide, 1″ wide, 1/4″ wide)
  • A bone folder helps, but isn’t necessary


I started with punching out a wide range of butterflies from paint chips. I wanted the piece to be very 3D so I folded each of the largest size of butterflies in half with the bone folder. To add a bit more visual interest to the piece I added geometric patterns with alternating white and black paint pens to one half of each of the larger butterflies.


I put the watercolour paper and mat into the frame after I pulled the glass out of it. I wanted to extend the piece beyond the rigid boundary of the frame so I twisted a some wire into tight curls and glued them to the back of the frame, with the plan of using these as extra bases for the butterflies.


I then arranged the butterflies in a swirl across the entire piece – working through a range of colours. I set the butterflies in a swirl that started on the wires and went across the piece, touching the paper, mat, and frame throughout the piece. I used E-6000 glue to put secure them in place.


I hope you enjoy making your version as much as I did with this one.


Pretty packaging for your tasty treats {Tutorial}

*Tutorial by Autumn @ It’s Always Autumn for her win of the Stash Busting challenge of season 13*

Hi everyone! I’m Autumn, from It’s Always Autumn, here to share a tutorial for the pretty packaging boxes made from scrapbook paper. These boxes come together really quickly but look tidy and professional, making them the perfect way to dress up your tasty treats. Note: I recommend lining all of the boxes with wax paper or additional cupcake liners before adding your treats so you don’t end up with grease spots on your boxes. When using the cookie bag, I place cookies in a sandwich bag first, then inside the paper bag. (By the way – I actually created two crafts for this week because I wasn’t sure which one I wanted to use in the competition – if you’d like to see the other way I used up some of my paper stash, click here!)

First, you’ll need to download or print the PDF template for any of the boxes you’d like to make. Click on each link below to be taken to the PDF, then you can right click the file to save to your computer or print directly from your browser. Please note that all templates can be made using 8.5×11 paper, EXCEPT the brownie box which needs to be 8.5×12 (so cut down a piece of 12×12 scrapbook paper for this box). All boxes will look nicer and be a bit sturdier if you use a heavier weight scrapbook paper (cardstock weight works great).

Cupcake Box

Cupcake Lid

Cookie Bag

Brownie Box

Truffle Box


Instructions for cupcake box and lid

The box and lid are both constructed the same way. [Read more…]

Week 7 – Paper

Hey everybody! I hope your weekends were all fantastic. I spent the weekend at the Casual Bloggers Conference in Sandy UT. It was awesome! I have so many new ideas and stuff now that I can’t wait to get started on, so don’t be surprised if things start changing 🙂 Don’t worry…it won’t be too drastic, and it probably wont really happen until the break between seasons. I went all by my lonesome and a few amazing ladies adopted me for a few of the classes. I’ve been following some of their blogs for a long time and some are new friends. Thanks to Darci (Londy Lou Boutique), Amy (The Quilting Diaries), Ashlee (Topsy Turvy Cakes), Michelle (A Little Tipsy), Kara (Creations by Kara), Michelle (Someday Crafts) and Char (Crap I’ve Made) for making me feel like I had friends and pretending I’m not a loser 🙂
I still haven’t figured out why blogger isn’t letting me do picture links (that maybe taken care off with one of my season break plans) so the archives still aren’t very pretty. I’m sorry…
So we had a giveaway for a $50 gift card this last week to Staker Sensations. The winner is…announced here.
Now to the results. This week Deidre was supreme with her Outdoor Playmat. Wasn’t that cool? Our new place has a giant tree in the backyard. That mat would be perfect for our fun back there. The tutorial will be up shortly.
But that means that someone gets sent home. That someone this week is Shilo. You’ve got to hand it to her, that Lemonade Stand was awesome. She’ll be posting more awesome stuff on her blog, so keep checking in at “Toad”ly Crafts.

This weeks theme wasn’t so much a theme as a medium…Paper. Enjoy! Remember, voting is open in the sidebar until Friday night at 9pm MST.

Craft #1 – Flower Party Lights

What little girl wouldn’t love this string of lights for their birthday party or strung across their bedroom?

Each little flower has a light in the center, creating an illuminated pink decoration. They are not only cute, but easy and quick to make.

Craft #2 – Animal Puppets
These animal puppets are a great addition to any bedtime story. You and your child can make up stories for hours and these puppets can be the stars!

They are made using punches and dies. If you don’t want to use them as puppets, you can put them inside shadow boxes and hang them on your child’s bedroom wall.

I used tiny lunch bags so the puppets are the perfect size for tiny hands. The three-dimensional eyes can really help a child’s imagination run wild!

Craft #3 – House Diorama
Did you ever make a diorama in elementary school? Why not take that idea of giving a picture dimension, and apply it to making a keepsake for your home or as a housewarming gift for someone you love?

I found a shadow box frame I liked, and then using cardstock paper and craft foam, made a diorama of this house. In the tutorial, I’ll show you the steps I took, so you can create your own. I printed out an 8×10 photo of the house, and then used it as a guide. I divided the house into layers, and then traced and transferred the layers to the paper. This was created using common scrapbooking tools and supplies, and an exacto knife.

Here in the cross-section view, you can get an idea of how the diorama is put together.

Pictures only tell part of the story. It’s hard to get a feel for it in the photo, but the details literally pop out, and create a striking art piece.

Consider creating a diorama and you will make a keepsake that will be cherished.

Craft #4 – Ruffle Notecards

These ruffled note cards would be the perfect addition to any gift for a flea market lovin’ girl. Perfectly imperfect, they’re made from a combination of new and vintage fabrics sewn to white note cards for a simple and lovely style.

Thank You Cards

*Project by Bessie @ Besserina for the season 9 Kids Can Do challenge*

For the theme “Kids Can Do,” I helped my girlies make
sewn, handmade Thank You cards.
We just celebrated 3 of their birthdays so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity for them to make some heartfelt creations for our loving family and friends.
The girls had so much fun designing, digging into my scrap bin, embellishing, and writing their cards.

          Using mama’s sewing machine was their favorite part!

Apple picking, a flower, a little girl with wool yarn braids, birdie resting in a tree, – all made from materials we already had: assorted fabrics, wool yarn & artists pens.
They turned out so cute, they’ve already made at least 10 more cards, each with a specific recipient in mind. 
Children love to please others, and who doesn’t love to get a special Thank You in the mail, especially if it’s handmade by two sweet little hands and one big heart. 🙂

Poor Girls Chandelier

I love the juxtaposition between what we think of as garbage and what we think of as fine art. Since I try to go green whenever I can, I thought it would be interesting and beautiful to create a chandelier using cardboard–something which would normally be cast away after use.

Wouldn’t this be cute in a kids’ playroom or clubhouse? And yes, you can actually burn candles in it (adults only, of course).

Truly a chandelier worthy of a Paper Bag Princess.

Printable Mitten Gift Tags

Baby, it’s cold outside! Adding these festive tags to your holiday gifts will be sure to keep the chill away. These gift tags were made by cutting and gluing colored cardstock together. Then I scanned them into my computer for easy sharing.

Simply print on white cardstock, cut out with scissors, and write your message on the back. It doesn’t get much easier than that! I’ll include three gift tag varieties on a printable sheet, as well as mitten templates if you’d like to assemble your own with your favorite papers.

Happy Holidays!

Super Snowflakes

Turn your home into a winter wonderland with Super-sized snowflakes.

Each flake is made from a full-size poster board sheet and painted with glitter. Just watch them sparkle as they dance from the roof.

A child’s dream come true. Snow Day!