Published on December 10th, 2009 | by Wenona Napolitano


Make a Gift Bow Out of Scrap Paper

I found this fabulous tutorial on how to make a large gift bow out of any paper you have on hand: magazines, scrap paper, pretty scrapbook paper, even old junkmail or maps.

The tutorial is from the talented crafter Jessica Jones and if you don’t follow her blog you should:

Here’s some more info about the bow making process.

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 would work, too.)

Cut a magazine page (or whatever paper you are using) 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.

To read the whole tutorial and get step by step photos visit:

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Wenona is married with three crazy kids that range in age from 4 to 18. She is a freelance writer, poet and the author of The Everything Green Wedding Book. She enjoys reading, writing, crafting and gardening. She tries to do all of these as "greenly" as possible. Her writing has appeared in several local and regional publications, Pack O Fun, Today's Creative Home Arts, and Indiana Living Green magazines as well as numerous online sites including,,, eHow, Associated Content, Suite101 and

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  5. Amber says:

    I created a dozen bows using Jessica’s tutorial! Not only is the project eco-friendly and fun, you can get (even more) creative with it by using more than one magazine page per bow. One of my bows is made out of 3 separate magazine pages and turned out so great!

    Thanks for sharing this tutorial. Jessica’s ideas are as creative as they are useful.

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