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you shouldn't re-gift, but you can re-use materials to wrap it!
I'm always excited to find good uses for old magazines and miscellaneous scrap papers. I was overjoyed when I found a tutorial for making your very own scrap paper bows.

A word from the wise. This project takes a couple of goes at it until you get it just right. Don't get discouraged! It gets a lot easier and a ton more fun as you get a few under your belt.

Posted by Valerie S. from Dayton, Ohio, United States • Published See Valerie S.'s 2 projects »
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  • How to make a gift bow. Upcycled Paper Bows - Step 1
    Step 1

    Cut 9 strips of paper 3/4 inches thick.
    Make 3 of them 9 inches long.
    The next 3 should be 8 inches long.
    The next 2 should be 7 inches long.
    The very last one should be 3.5 inches long.

  • How to make a gift bow. Upcycled Paper Bows - Step 2
    Step 2

    Take one end and wrap the outside so that it touches roughly the middle of the inside and creates a pointy little loop, like so.

  • How to make a gift bow. Upcycled Paper Bows - Step 3
    Step 3

    Do the same with the other side and staple it in the center. I found that the pointier you made the loop, the better the end result. Yes, this is a piece from a different bow. I need to spend less time chatting with my girlfriends, and more time taking pictures.

  • How to make a gift bow. Upcycled Paper Bows - Step 4
    Step 4

    Do the same to all the strips, with the exception of the shortest one. Make that one a little circle, secured by a dab of glue.

  • How to make a gift bow. Upcycled Paper Bows - Step 5
    Step 5

    Layer those loops, one on top of each other, securing each layer down with a dot of hot glue.

  • How to make a gift bow. Upcycled Paper Bows - Step 6
    Step 6

    keep on layering until all loops are used. Glue the circle-loop down in the very center. Just like that, you're done!

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Esoteric Sorrow
Esoteric Sorrow
I love paper craft that's practical! I can't wait to try this...(:
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Teresa C.
Teresa C.
Thank you!!

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lupita_grrr.
lupita_grrr. · Huntington Park, California, US · 12 projects
thankyouHappy
i shall try right nowHappy
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Lulu M.
Lulu M. · 3 projects
Thanks for posting this!!!
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sporkyllama
sporkyllama · Melbourne, Victoria, AU · 3 projects
This looks incredibly useful and quite fun ^_^ Thank you!
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im a dreamer
im a dreamer · Sacramento, California, US
genius!
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rachel.
rachel. · U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, US · 9 projects
Thanks 4 posting this!!
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