In gift wrap emergencies when you've got the present but need some wrapping, here's an idea for turning a magazine page into a bow. There may be better ways to stick this thing together, but I used what I had on hand: staples and adhesive glue dots. Double stick tape or brads should work, too.
Cut a magazine page lengthwise into 9 strips, 3/4" wide. Leave 3 of the strips full length. Cut one inch off 3 of the strips. Cut two inches off 2 of the strips. Cut the last strip down to 3 1/2" long.
If you're using a magazine that's 10 1/2" tall, you'll end up with:
3 strips, 10 1/2" x 3/4"
3 strips, 9 1/2" x 3/4"
2 strips, 8 1/2" x 3/4"
1 strip, 3 1/2" x 3/4"
Twist each strip to form a loop at both ends and staple it in the center. Shape the last, short strip into a circle and secure it with a glue dot.
Layer the three longest pieces on top of each other, spacing them evenly and securing each with a glue dot. Add the next two groups of pieces, doing the same. And finally, stick the loop into the center.
Use other papers, like a map of your city. Here's Chicagoland. Anybody see your street?
This bows you buy in big bags!!ReplyDelete
I like them, and i would like them more made by paper I choose
this is brilliant! You can make it out of any paper then... scrapbook, leftover pieces. You're amazing Jess!ReplyDelete
this is brilliant! You can make it out of any paper then... scrapbook, leftover pieces. You're amazing Jess!ReplyDelete
I did this for Christmas last year and it was a big hit.ReplyDelete
Ummmm, can I say Genius? I'm never buying a bow again, and my Mom will be impressed with my wrapping skills!ReplyDelete
LOVE this!! And so much more eco friendly. (I could challenge my kids to this... it might keep them entertained for quite awhile!!)ReplyDelete
Thank you, thank you! I had NO IDEA this tutorial would be so easy!ReplyDelete
Oh my goodness, that's awesome! I'm so excited. Thank you for this, woo hoo!ReplyDelete
I love making these! I poke a skewer through mine and fasten it with a small brad. Beautiful!ReplyDelete
this is fab - i work in the land of magazines - so i know i have another thing to do with the pages - thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete
This. Is. Awesome.ReplyDelete
This is such a great idea!ReplyDelete
Oh, Jess... you are so brilliant! And now I know what my gift looks like!ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing! I always wanted to know ho w to make one!ReplyDelete
Er, um, not sure if these will still be around at Christmas, Mom.ReplyDelete
Kat, ah ha! I suspected brads would work well. Good to know. Couldn't find any in this apartment, though. I searched when I wanted to make this. I might need to invest in some.
Such a great tutorial! I've always wondered how to make those!ReplyDelete
WOW...this is cool.ReplyDelete
Lovely! I very much like the map one.ReplyDelete
Your craftiness never ceases to amaze me. Love this!ReplyDelete
Oh I absolutely LOVE this!!ReplyDelete
What a fantastic idea! This certainly is a step up from those comic pages gift wrapping I did as a kid.ReplyDelete
my gran used to make these and always put them on her Christmas pressies, I never knew how she did it, thanks Jess.ReplyDelete
Great idea! I'm definitely trying this during the holidays!ReplyDelete
oh, i love this! i can see this weekend i'm going to transform into a bow making machine :)ReplyDelete
I really like this tutorial! I was looking for something to use my old magazines for!ReplyDelete
omg love this.ReplyDelete
Well now that's just awesomeReplyDelete
I have wanted to know how to do these for ages! Thanks!ReplyDelete
This is sUCH a cute idea! I love reusing things that would normally go in the trash too.ReplyDelete
So fun! I love that so many of your projects I can do while vegging out and watching NCIS. :)ReplyDelete
The map one makes me swoon. Seriously, love it!ReplyDelete
How wonderful!!! Thanks!ReplyDelete
I love it! I think it would be a great project to use up old phone books.ReplyDelete
I think I can do this! Really great idea!ReplyDelete
Win! Now to see what I can rescue from the recycling bin!ReplyDelete
What a great tutorial! Thank you for sharing this with us!!! I'll make all my Christmas gift bow myself :o)ReplyDelete
This is great! I'm never buying another gift bow again - and I can't wait to try this out during the holidays!ReplyDelete
Okay, super cool! That is all I can say: Super cool!ReplyDelete
I am nearly speechless! So simple and so cool.ReplyDelete
I think this may even be better than what I did with my skinny scraps of paper. http://brooklynechaos.wordpress.com/2009/09/25/woven-paper/ReplyDelete
I love this idea. Bookmarking for when I need a bow.
love love love love it!ReplyDelete
This is one of the most practical bits of recycling I've seen in a long time! Since the stapler was missing and the glue dots were missing, too (hmm - I sense a trend!), I just used double-stick tape, which seemed to work. Great job - your site totally rocks!ReplyDelete
Very nice! I want to make some , but I doubt they will turn out as nice as yours.ReplyDelete
I like them...lovely the one made with the maps!!!ReplyDelete
I love this idea. Thankyou so much for sharing. I made one last night and was suprised to see how easey it was. I see alot off these being made between now and chistmas. thankyou again for sharingReplyDelete
So clever! I think I'll waste my Saturday morning cutting up magazines! It'll be nice to have a few of these around. :) Thanks for sharing your amazing creativity!ReplyDelete
really fun! Thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete
Super cute - love it!ReplyDelete
Love this idea. And the inner perfectionist freak in me loves it even more that I can now create my own bows to match gifts. Cute!ReplyDelete
oh my goodness.ReplyDelete
you are a genius.
this is definitely the coolest idea and one i will be using again and again.
thanks for taking the time to share and for making such a wonderful tutorial.
This is wonderful - thanks for sharing! For 5 yrs now, I have not bought gift wraping paper. I use cereal boxes or any other box that comes from my kitchen pantry. This year I can embellish my eco-friendly holiday packaging with these awesome handmade bows - Yay!ReplyDelete
oh this is awesome! gotta make some for xmas!ReplyDelete
you are a genius
wow- nice tutorial :) I've always wondered how to do that! Thank you- what a great alternative to buying one in the store- cheap & another way to reuse something!ReplyDelete
These are fantastic! Love the map one :)ReplyDelete
I love it... bows are so expensive at the shops. The one I just made was quick and easy to construct, looks so much cooler than store-bought bows and it didn't cost me a cent :)ReplyDelete
OH my goodness! This is what I'm going to do with all those Highlights magazines that my children are done with! Thanks for the tip and full tutorial.ReplyDelete
That is gorgeous, and clever beyond anything!!!ReplyDelete
I love the bow out of maps! I'm going to try that!ReplyDelete
So cute I linked to this from my own blog: http://mollyleecards.blogspot.com/ (hope that you don't mind!)ReplyDelete
I printed out the instructions on your website to send to my sister, then trimmed them up to mail. I made my best bow yet with the strips left over! The white with your orange header, plus little snippets of your sponsors/fabric/ etc mixed in is quite fetching! Fortunatley, "being loopy" is the key to pretty bows! :-)ReplyDelete
Brilliant thank you!ReplyDelete
Wow, I love this. Love, love, love practical crafting!ReplyDelete
That is so awesome. I now love your blog even more!ReplyDelete
That is awesome! I want to go wrap something now! I tried at my first giveaway, be sure to check it out!ReplyDelete
Fantastic! I've been visiting your terrific site for some time now and I love it. These bows are brilliantly simple and yet I had never thought of it. Thank you for generously sharing all that you do.ReplyDelete
Wow, these are awesome! What a great way to spend a few fall tv nights...you'd be all ready for the holidays! Thanks so much for the directions, I'll be linking.ReplyDelete
these are sooooo much FUN! ... thank you for sharing. I am going to try these with scrapbook paper leftovers, ribbons .... the ideas keep coming LOL - thanks again!ReplyDelete
Excellent project - One of our best tutorials! I will never purchase another bow.ReplyDelete
Oh. My. Goodness! This is amazing! I'm in love and will be making bows on top of bows out of magazines, old scrapbooking paper, everything. You rock!ReplyDelete
Too cute! Just in time for the holidays!ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing this info!ReplyDelete
My daughter made some of these last year. They are fabulous! Thanks for the tutorial.ReplyDelete
I think this idea is amazing! What a way to use up papers and recycle! I love itReplyDelete
You're the best! I just made a bow out of the funny pages for my 14-year-old nephew's birthday and he SAVED it. Whoa.ReplyDelete
this is great!ReplyDelete
When I was a kiddo, we had a bow maker that used a plastic piece with a pointy tip for the attacher thing, which sat upon a green base. The base was shaped much like a plus sign with only three arms instead of four. These worked as storage for the little plastic tacks.ReplyDelete
We used a long piece of that plasticky ribbon and just turned the ribbon and pushed it down on the pointed part of the plastic tack thing as we went.
It worked really well and was fun to make bows with. I was so excited to see a new method for these as my mom's bow maker has been long lost.
Who knew it could be so easy? This is an absolutely wonderful tutorial, THANK YOU!ReplyDelete
I cannot WAIT to make these for Christmas! I just recycled a BUNCH of magazines, but I'm sure I'll accumulate enough by Christmas :) Thanks for the tutorial!ReplyDelete
I totally feel like a genius after making these bows. Super Cool! Thanks for the tutorial. :)ReplyDelete
I love this tutorial. Need to make them while watching tv. Thank you so much for sharing.ReplyDelete
I want to make one of these! Thanks for posting!ReplyDelete
I will never buy another overpriced bow as long as I live! Take that, Hallmark!!ReplyDelete
This is fabulous. Love the map bow. I have some old maps that I've saved for wrapping paper, but I think the bow has more impact.ReplyDelete
I can also see customizing the bow paper for the gift or the recipient. Comics? Stock pages? Crossword puzzles? Too fun.
And great for my MIL, who is pretty darn picky about bows. Thanks!
Seriously, if I gave you some hydrogen and oxygen you could make water (without an explosion and it'd be cute!)ReplyDelete
I am mentally scrounging around for the fun paper to recycle.
wow! i so love text and now can use the atlas and spoiled books i have collected. christmas packaging, here we come!ReplyDelete
What an excellent idea. I probably HAVE one of those old bow-makers around - maybe I'll try with that. Because I don't have glue dots around, and don't the staples get a little bulky? AND this is an Ab Fab idea. I'm going to recruit the kids. They get very enthusiastic.ReplyDelete
Hi Alex. The staples didn't seem to get bulky, since I stapled randomly and they all ended up in different places by accident. I don't think they were actually stacked on top of each other. You could use double-stick tape to stick the pieces together, too. But the bow-maker sounds fun! Do you have to use ribbon (or something that's one long, continuous piece) in it?ReplyDelete
Anonymous, thanks for the link to more samples. Cool; hadn't seen those. Looks like a brad works well, too.
Very nicely done - thank you so much for sharing.ReplyDelete
I've been working on a blog about gift wrapping (http://thegiftedblog.wordpress.com) and am always on the lookout for tutorials to try! I will link back once I get a chance to try this!
absolutely lovely idea. I can't wait to try it. I donate a lot of my magazines, but sometimes they are too beat up to pass on, but I hate just recycling all that lovely glossy paper. Problem solved!ReplyDelete
Great tutorial!! Thanks!ReplyDelete
I was thinking about making one with ribbon. I've seen some attatched to hair bows that where so cute.
Great blog with lovely ideas !!ReplyDelete
I love this!ReplyDelete
Awesome instructions, thanx!ReplyDelete
great idea!!! love it!!!ReplyDelete
I love theese bows. I'm going to make tons of them. Thanks for a good tutorial.ReplyDelete
Oddly, I *do* see my street... that's Skokie, Illinois (a Chicago suburb) and I totally lived there for most of my life. AWESOME.ReplyDelete
What a great project! :)
This is genius!! Thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete
this. is. true. genius. Giddyup!ReplyDelete
Oh I'm doin THIS. thanks!
beautiful! thanks for sharing :-)ReplyDelete
thank you for sharing the idea.
i definitely use this technique for my friends birthday gifts.
This is awesome!! Love it.ReplyDelete
love this creative way to recycle and repurpose!ReplyDelete
So, so awesome! I'm going to have my (k-12) students do these as part of an art project. What a fun way to teach about recycling and how to plan a project that uses multiple parts. Thanks!ReplyDelete
These are fantastic - I have spent a large part of the day creating them from everything from scrapbook paper to our local telephone book! I fastened them with staples and a brad through the middle - looks excellent especially with a blingy brad.ReplyDelete
Love this and totally making these for Christmas!ReplyDelete
wow I never realized how easy they are to make!ReplyDelete
i like making my own bows from scrap parers but never knew how easy it was to make an official bow! thank you!ReplyDelete
Those present bows are so creative!! Love'em!ReplyDelete
Hey thanks for sharing this how to! What a cleaver and creative recycle! I love it and plan to use my own recycled bows on upcoming holiday gifts!ReplyDelete
Love this, thanks for the how-to! Maybe this is how I can get my kids to help me wrap....ReplyDelete
this is brilliant! love this :DReplyDelete
Wanted you to know I posted a link to this tutorial on my blog.
Thanks for all the great tuts you have...I love telling my readers about them.
How wonderful! This is a great way to reuse items and create custom bows. Thanks so much for showing us!ReplyDelete
Thank you! I used this tutorial to make a map bow of my own for a baby shower gift. I can't wait to make more. :)ReplyDelete
Thank you for sharing! and what great timing since the holidays are coming up :DReplyDelete
Wow this is pretty good! Only one problem...ReplyDelete
When you cut it, you have to cut it lengthwise. I tried to cut it landscape, only it wasn't long enough. >.<
Victoria, thanks for adding that! I forgot! I updated the post.ReplyDelete
Thanks for the great step by step photos! I've been making bows like this but have been having a hard time keeping the size and shape uniform, this is going to help me tremendously!ReplyDelete
I love this post! Thanks!ReplyDelete
I love this post! Thanks!ReplyDelete
Thanks and have a nice day.
Fantastic idea! Thank YOU! ^_^ReplyDelete
Just tried this out the other night. Brilliant!ReplyDelete
Just tried this out the other night. Brilliant!ReplyDelete
thanks! this is great - green, frugal and easy!ReplyDelete
I love this tutorial! Just made my first one and it worked perfectly :-)ReplyDelete
love it! I had this bookmarked and came back to make one today with my 3 year old. Great activity while muffins are baking! Thanks!ReplyDelete
your tutorial made it look so easy.. i am going to try one soon as i get home from work.ReplyDelete
WOW! Thank you so much for sharing this! This is such a money saver and fun maker project.ReplyDelete
Thank you and so many greetings from Germany!
I like this. I featured it at somedaycrafts.blogspot.comReplyDelete
This is TOO COOL!!!!ReplyDelete
While people may have different views still good things should always be appreciated. Yours is a nice blog. Liked it!!!. For more information about the Christmas Gifts, you can check the following website Christmas GiftsReplyDelete
This is terrific! I certainly will be trying this, thank you for sharing this idea. I would like to post this to my blog.ReplyDelete
Fabulous! Thanks so much for sharing.ReplyDelete
This rules. Thanks for sharing with us!ReplyDelete
Wow! Who knew making bows was so easy?ReplyDelete
You can spice it up a little by using fancy-edge scissors to cut out the strips.
Amazing! I cannot wait to give this a try. This week is "no television week" at my daughters school. I think we will have one night of family bow making! Thanks so much for making this project look so simple :-)ReplyDelete
I see Skokie and Evanston in the last bow! hahaReplyDelete
Very nice. Instead of a dot of glue, double sided tape works great.ReplyDelete
nice howto. very useful especially this coming christmas.ReplyDelete
Made one out of aluminum foil, looks AWESOME!ReplyDelete
Brilliant -- thanks for sharing! I think I might try printing off some favorite pics and using them...ReplyDelete
Great idea! Thanks!ReplyDelete
AWESOME! I can't wait to try this and to think I was throwing magazines out.ReplyDelete
This was just a brilliant post. I sat in front of the TV last night making these to top my Christmas gifts. It was very easy, even for a not-too-crafty girl.ReplyDelete
Interesting! I wanna try to make like that also. Thanks for guiding me through this. Rarely do I find good entries that would walk me through. Great post.ReplyDelete
This is one of the best tutorials I've seen in a long time. Great job, thanks!ReplyDelete
This is such a brilliant way of adding a personal feel to anotherwise off the shelf decoration.ReplyDelete
Brilliant - simple, clear and absolutely brilliant!ReplyDelete
I am SO in love with this! Is it pathetic that I can't wait for my kids to go to bed tonight so that I can start working on them to use on Christmas gifts? ;)ReplyDelete
How FRIGGIN CUTE!!!!ReplyDelete
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this is amazing!!ReplyDelete
This is my first comment but I feel like I should have been making loads of comments now because I always like your stuff. Maybe comments are for more hit and miss blogs than your own. When you maintain a consistent level of high quality output I reckon people are less inclined to comment because they have come to expect it from you. Just a theory.ReplyDelete
Nice to see your blog. It is really very interesting. I visited this Christmas gifting site, it has unique gifts for Christmas.ReplyDelete
I LOVE this project, especially the version made from the map. I'll be featuring it with a link back to your site on my blog, http://scrimpalicious.blogspot.comReplyDelete
I use blueprint paper for wrapping presents because we have so much of it at work...i hate just sending it out for recycling. anyway, i shall make several bows this year with it! it will be perfect to go with wrapping instead of buying ribbon...i'll forward a pic if you wish!
Instead of staples, or glue, or tape, I used a needle and thread to secure my bows!ReplyDelete
Thanks for the great tutorial! :)
brilliant suggestion great:)ReplyDelete
This is fabulous! Can I repost it, credited to you, at Crafting a Green World?ReplyDelete
You can link to it with a photo and description, but I'd ask that you don't lift the entire post and republish it. Thanks!ReplyDelete
Wow, I just came from the Fiskateer blog and this bow is amazing! Thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete
Sandy Fiskateer #4165
I love the bows that you made.Youre bows are great.They look so easy to make.ReplyDelete
Joan Fiskateer #808
always wondered how did make these!!Thank you for doing the tutorial! It was so nice of you to share it with us fiskateers!!ReplyDelete
What a great idea. Thanks for sharing this on the Fiskateers blog. I can see how making custom bows to fit that persons interests or personality would be a big hit.ReplyDelete
I've been reading your blog off and on, being partial to orange myself (Fiskateer). I had tried these bows once, and I flopped. But your tutorial is excellent, I should be able to successfully make one.ReplyDelete
TFS with the Fiskateers this weekend!
PS--do not let anyone borrow your nice scissors!! :P LOL
this is so cute, thanks for sharing, I've often wondered if there was some way I could make these bows by myself.ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing your tutorial! We fiskateers love orange too! Off to browse more of your site!ReplyDelete
You make the bows looks so easy to make. I love the one made out of city maps. Sure glad Angela sent me over to check them out.ReplyDelete
thanks Debbie Fiskateer #4668
Thanks for sharing this with the Fiskateers - I am going to make one now :) TracyMReplyDelete
I followed a link to your page on the Fiskateers board. This bow idea is amazing. I love it!ReplyDelete
oooops - was so keen to get out and make one that I forgot to mention that it is especially nice because it is orange - and your site is so orange - just what a Fiskateer needs :) TracyM 6773ReplyDelete
Thanks for letting the Fiskateers share your work. This bow is way too cute and the possibilities for it are endless. Off to make bows. Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
i love making these bows! so fun!ReplyDelete
Also, I wanted to share my bow! I'm a fiskateer by the way! #6394ReplyDelete
Love your bows! They are so sweet. And orange is such a great color.ReplyDelete
Fisk-a-teer colors are so nice!
Wonderful tutorial! Thanks so much for being on the Fiskateer blog. I love your bow!ReplyDelete
Lesa, Fiskateer #5200
Thanks for sharing this on the fiskateer blog!!What a creative way to make a bow! love the oranginess!!ReplyDelete
WOWeeeeeeeeeeee! You made that look easy but I most especially love that you are using something that has been used before! Seeing the words show through makes it really fun and exciting! Amazing work :)ReplyDelete
This is such a wonderful idea and green too! I can't wait to give it a try this holiday season. Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
Thanks for the tutorial, I tried it and though mine didn't turn out as professional looking as yours I'll keep trying.ReplyDelete
What a wonderful and easy way to recycle... thanks for sharing this awesome idea :)ReplyDelete
love this ///printed off and put in my idea bank..Thanks!!ReplyDelete
Hello, everyone. Greetings, Fiskateers. There seem to be a bunch of you popping in lately! Howdy, and thanks for stopping by.ReplyDelete
Yep, and here is another Fisk-a-teer who loved you bow turorial! My husband asked if I plan to make all of our Christmas bows. At first I didn't think so, but I am thinking that since we draw names and don't do a whole lot of gifts in our family, I just might try it! Thanks so much!ReplyDelete
Oh, while I was here I thought I would become a follower of your great blog!
love this, ever so! had to post it to my blog... xx!ReplyDelete
this is so addictive!! now I'm just making them for no reason at all other then making them!ReplyDelete
Stumbled apon this post a few weeks ago....GENIUS! I have been so inspired by your blog (and others) that I decided to start by own craft blog and linked to this post in my latest entry. Thank you!ReplyDelete
Thank you very much for the tutorial. it's very useful for me who have long been looking for an inexpensive gift wrapping idea.ReplyDelete
LOVE your site!!! I am definitely making this!! Thanks!ReplyDelete
As a long standing admirer of your blog, I am always excited about your projects. I hope you don't mind if I share this brilliant idea at 973 Third.ReplyDelete
Many thanks for sharing your genius!
OK, this age me. I remember making those when I was a kid. I got a "job" wrapping the neighbors gifts one year. And I was really good at making bows. Great job, nice bow. And you recycled on top of it.....ReplyDelete
Ms. Jackie #3017
This is amazing! I will do this!! Thanks!ReplyDelete