A Bow for Any Occasion: Tutorial

I recently learned how to make my own bow out of whatever paper I’d like, and I thought that would be a cool thing to share with you. It’s a fun craft for kids to make and, though requiring supervision, is a pretty fulfilling project! Here’s the finished product:

dsc_5018You can see that I have used one-sided scrapbooking designer paper. This project is waaaayyy more attractive when you have two-sided paper, or it would also be cool with newspaper or other fun paper with something on both sides.

Step 1:  Get your piece of paper, measuring 12 inches by 6 inches.  (12 by 12 scrapbooking paper, cut in half is easiest)

Step 2: Turn your paper sideways and cut 8 strips that are 1inch wide (by 6 inches long)step-2Step 3: Turn your paper 90 degrees to the side (you should have a piece that is 6inches wide by 4 inches tall) and cut one piece that is 1inch wide by 4 inches longstep-3Step 4:  Turn your paper 90 degrees to the side again (now, you should have a piece that is 5 inches tall by 4 inches wide) and cut the remaining paper into 4, 1 inch strips that are each 5 inches long. (The picture below shows the one piece that is 4 inches long beside the paper now turned to be cut at 5 inches long.)step-4Step 5: Take the smallest paper (1 inch by 4 inches) and form a barrel, gluing it shut.

step-51Step 6: Form each of the strips into the bow edges by bringing the ends together until the fold forms a point.  Glue the ends together. (Yes, I know.  I will never be a hand-model!)step-6

Step 7: Once they are dried, glue each point-length into pairs, that kind of look like a boat.  6 inch strips together, 5 inch strips together. Glue the ends together.

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Step 8: Punch a hole through the very centre of each boat and through the bottom of the centre roll, as well.

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Step 9: Using a brad, start with the roll and push the brad through the hole.  Then, going from smallest boat to largest boat, arrange the boats into a bow shape (turning them a little bit to fill the bow space).

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Step 10: Seal your brad, at the back. Et voila!

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It looks great with double-sided paper, eh?!

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Elizabeth is a Kamloops lifer. Born at RIH, she is happy to be raising her family here. Married with four wonderful children, Elizabeth is also teacher and enjoys working with parents as she learns more about this "Mommy gig". Elizabeth is passionate about parenting and enjoys networking with other parents.

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