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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