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DIY Holiday Bow

By December 9, 2013Beauty, Home

With the holidays right around the corner, now could not be a more perfect time to start wrapping those fabulous gifts for your loved ones. The perfect addition to any gift is the ever-so-appealing bow that’s placed smack-dab in the middle. Bows just make a gift scream “Open me!”. Well, before you head out to purchase any bows right this minute, check out an awesome way you can make your own bows right at home!

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You’ll Need:

  • Recycled Bags or Newspaper (for the gift wrap)
  • Recycled Magazine or Newspaper (for the bow)
  • Scissors
  • Tape

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Okay, now that you have your supplies gathered from wherever (don’t worry-no judgement here!), it’s time to start cutting the strips that are going to make up the bow.

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STEP 1

Start by cutting 3 strips (1 inch wide) out of the magazine. Yup, it’s that easy. Don’t worry about using a ruler (ain’t nobody got time for that). Simply eyeball your measurements, making sure the 3 strips aren’t too wide. These 3 strips are essentially the “full size” of the magazine page in terms of length.

STEP 2

Set those strips aside so you can begin cutting the next 3 strips. This is where it gets tricky. Just kidding. Again, cut 3 strips out of the magazine. This time, you are going to shave a bit off the top. Cut 1 inch off of each of these 3 strips so they are 1 inch shorter than the first 3 strips from step 1. Phew. That was a mouthful.

STEP 3

Set those strips aside. Now you are going to cut just 2 strips from the magazine. These strips are going to be trimmed down by 2 inches. Run those 2 strips under cool water. Just kidding. Don’t do that. It will ruin the strips.

STEP 4

Set those strips aside. Woo! Almost done! Cut 1 last strip. I promise this is the last one. This strip is only going to be only 3 inches long.

STEP 5

Now it’s time to make the “loops”. Starting with the longest strips, “twist” the ends into the middle. Hold each end down with a small piece of tape or with a staple. Work your way through all the strips, except for the 3 inch strip. You’ll need that later.

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Happy little family of loops.

STEP 6

Fold the last 3 inch strip into a ring. This will be the center of the bow.

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Now the fun begins!

STEP 7

Layer each loop in a criss-cross pattern; a few this way, a few that way.

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STEP 8

Hold each loop in place with a small piece of tape. Place the small circle in the middle. Wallah! You’re done!

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To make the gift extra special, use a recycled newspaper or grocery bag as your wrapping paper. DIY bows and wrapping paper are good for the environment and economical! 🙂

Happy Holidays!

 

Peace, Love & Coconuts!

-Zeena

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