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!
- Recycled Bags or Newspaper (for the gift wrap)
- Recycled Magazine or Newspaper (for the bow)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Happy little family of loops.
Fold the last 3 inch strip into a ring. This will be the center of the bow.
Now the fun begins!
Layer each loop in a criss-cross pattern; a few this way, a few that way.
Hold each loop in place with a small piece of tape. Place the small circle in the middle. Wallah! You’re done!
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! 🙂
Peace, Love & Coconuts!