Sorry guys, yet another Christmas themed post. But like I said, I’m starting early this year! So you all get to benefit from my craziness. Come December, you’ll be all, “OMG I’ve got so many gifts to wrap and I don’t know what to do! Oh, hey, wait, Rachel Robin’s Nest had all these AWESOME gift wrap ideas last month. My life is so much less stressful now. Hooray!” Or at least, that’s what I imagine will happen. I hope.
Anyway, this is a post I found last year on one of my absolute favorite blogs, How About Orange. Jessica Jones is a graphic designer who does websites, designs fabric, and is also a super awesome craft maven. I check her blog pretty much every single day. So inspiring! In one of her many excellent DIY posts, she shows how to make gift bows out of magazine pages. I don’t know about you, but I have about a gazillion magazines in my apartment just sitting around taking up space. This is a great way to a) make something cheap and beautiful for friends and family, and b) reduce, reuse, recycle and help the environment. Sounds like a win/win situation to me. Plus, they’re super easy. Each one took about 20 minutes from start to finish.
DIY Recycled Gift Bows from Magazine Pages (via How About Orange)
- Scissors or paper cutter
- Glue gun or any other sort of glue
1. The first thing I did was go through a magazine and pull out pages with colors or patterns that I really liked. I found a BUNCH!
2. Cut your page of choice into 9 strips that are each 3/4″ wide. Leave the first three strips full length. Cut 1″ off the next three strips, 2″ off the next 2 strips, and cut that last strip down to 3.5″ long
3. Starting with the longest strip, fold one end down toward the middle to create a loop. Fold the other end in the opposite way to create a sort of figure 8 loop, and secure in the center with a staple. See picture below for clarification!
4. Repeat Step 3 with each of the longer strips. Loop the 3.5″ strip into a circle and secure with a dab of glue. I used Elmer’s for this step
5. Starting with the biggest 3 loops, layer them together so that the loops are evenly distributed, securing with glue. I used hot glue for this step because I’m impatient, but I’m sure regular old Elmer’s would work just fine as well.
6. Continue layering the loops in size order, making sure that they settle nicely, and place the small circle dead center to complete the bow.
I was actually really surprised by how nicely these came out. I’ve always loved the brightly colored bows with the stickum on the back, but I hate paying for them! Now I can just make my own! Next I want to try making some smaller ones for smaller gifts. I’ll just need to get the proportions right. When I do, I’ll be sure to post again!