Thursday, May 19, 2011

DIY Magazine Bow

I'm a last-minute kinda gal, and gifts are no exception. I usually find myself wrapping my gift minutes before leaving for a party. So when I stumbled across these sweet bows made from magazine pages, I did a double-take. Not only are they a great way to get rid of that ever-growing stack of magazines, but they use things you have on hand, and seem to be easy enough to whip up a chic bow when you can't find just the right one.

I love the idea of using old newspaper or old phone book pages for your wrapping paper
and topping it with a shot of color.

What you'll need:
  1. A single sheet of paper from a magazine, newspaper, or map.
  2. Scissors
  3. Stapler (glue dots or double-sided tape would also work).

Cut a magazine page lengthwise into nine strips, each approx. 3/4" wide.
Leave three of the strips full length. Cut 1" off three of the strips.
Cut two inches off 2 of the strips.
Cut the last strip down to 3 1/2" long.

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. Voila!
(Credits: How About Orange)

And for some fun variations, how about using a map (great for a going away gift)
or felt (adorable for a baby shower)? This would also be a great way to top a card
and make it feel a bit more like a gift.

Happy gifting!


  1. I had JUST been wondering what to do with an old map...and now I KNOW! Thanks!

  2. @The Mrs: Aren't they fun? Glad you like them.
    @Autumn Rose: I think that the map one is my fave. It would be cute on the side of a kraft-colored gift bag, too. A nice way to dress it up. :)

  3. love all your bows especially the map and and the felt ones very cute and very useful ideas helps you to declutter your magazines and felt scraps and it reuses reduces and recycles too!

  4. @Activities Galore: From someone who already has more paper than she knows what to do with, I can't agree with you more. :) Thanks for checking them out!