One of my favorite things to do during the holidays is wrap gifts, weird right? While most people dread it and find it to be an inconvenience, I find it relaxing. Part of the fun is picking out the paper, decorations, ribbon and creating a theme (yep, I usually have a gift wrap theme). Somethings I make and some things I buy.
This year I stumbled upon a way to make a bow after finishing off a bag of candy. I was inspired by the actual candy bag, the inside foil reminded me of Christmas Bows. So, that's what I set out to make. The result, a surprisingly quick and easy way to make a bow. I didn't time myself but I'm sure it took no longer than two minutes to make. Here's the how-to.
Food packaging lined with foil - For this craft the package should be constructed with two sheets sealed on all four sides.
Double stick tape - I used tape that's pre-cut for scrapbooking.
*Click on pictures to get a larger view.
Starting with a food package, cut strips horizontally. Next, turn all the strips inside out.
The strips naturally coiled into a figure 8 shape. The left "8" I taped the center together to make two loops. The right "8" has not been taped, it's just to show you how the strips naturally form. Next, take one loop and push it down in the center to make a bow shape and tape (refer to right picture).
Now push down the other loop just like you did in the last step and tape. Make three of these and one basic loop (refer to right picture).
Take two of the bows you made and tape them together in an "x" shape. Next tape another bow vertically down the center of the bows.
Last, tape your basic loop in the center. Done.