Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Craft: Easy Paper Bows

If you've been following this site, you're probably guessing I got this idea from an earlier post about origami bows. However, this paper bow actually came about when I was making some paper pinwheels. It all started like this; I was debating whether to do a post on mini yo-yos or mini guitars. Trying to decide, I started staring at my bulletin board wishing there was a pinwheel on it to spin. This then lead to the making of some pinwheels which started turning in containers which then morphed into bows. So there you have it, if you ever wondered how my brain works now you know. Some may call this a short attention span but I like to kindly refer to it as the "creative process".

Supplies:
Square piece of card stock
One brad
Hole punch
Scissors

With right side of paper facing down cut paper where you see dotted lines. Cut off bottom section (refer to right picture).

Bend top flap down revealing right side of paper. Punch holes as marked by the five black dots. Fold bottom left corner up and add a brad. Click on images for a larger view.

Attach top left corner to the brad. Attach bottom right flap to the brad.


Attach top right flap to brad. Place brad through the center hole. Close brad in the back. Cut out bottom of bow (refer to dots). Done!

Once your bows are made you can adjust the shape by trimming the bows if you wish.

These cute little bows would make the perfect bunting for a party. Make them small for tiny embellishments or large to decorate with. There are lots of possibilities.

21 comments:

Michele Pacey said...

Jessica that is so cool! It's awesome where the brain goes sometimes... So sweet!

Sylvie Créative said...

Really cute!

♥ Nia said...

So cute!! Thank you for sharing :)

JustHeather said...

I love your blog and all the creative things you make. Thanks for sharing!

Christine said...

very cute and oh so clever!

Michelle L. said...

oh, how cool! that is the most amazing shape! Pinbows? Wheelbows? Love them!

Caca said...

this is very creative.

Caca said...

how I wish I have the time like you to do the creative thinking.

Paula said...

I love the whole look, the brown paper, the string and the paper bow, so, so pretty.

KJ@letsgoflyakite said...

Very clever and lovely little brown paper package. The bow reminds me, sort of, of a pinwheel in its construction. Very nice lines.

Maaike said...

I don't comment on your blog much, but this idea is simply brilliant!!! Thank you so much!

IctoRude said...

I love this idea, imagine all scrap papers, newsprint of vintage book pages!

(GASP: as christmas ornaments!)

Maeve Rachel said...

Genius! I'm going to be attaching them to everything now!

Yuuna said...

They're so cute! I'm definitely going to have to make good use of this tutorial next time I have gifts to wrap and decorate.

Anthonette said...

Love, love, love! Thanks for the instructions on making these bows.

jet said...

wooow what a great smart idea, love it, and thank you very much for the sharing and the great tute.
i think i will make some of them;-D

Kristin said...

You always come up with amazing things. All the little details like this must really make the receivers of your gifts feel so loved. Thanks for all you share!

Dr Sonia S V said...

they are so cute to look at. Bows always come in useful and yours are lovely

Dot said...

Awesome idea! I'm filing this awayfor future use :)

Consuelo Vermelho said...

Olha que legal!!!
Muito facil e divertido de fazer...
Obrigada adorei a dica.
Beijos com carinhos
Consuelo.

Iêda Klein said...

Amei seu laço. E o processo criativo também. Isto é saber ver as possibilidades que surgem.
Beijos, Iêda Klein

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