Holiday Crafts Make DIY Gift Bows from Scrap Paper

Published on December 10th, 2009 | by Wenona Napolitano


Make DIY Gift Bows from Scrap Paper

Make DIY Gift Bows from Scrap Paper

Check out this fabulous tutorial for how to make large DIY gift bows out of any paper you have on hand: gift wrap, magazines, scrap paper, pretty scrapbook paper, even old junkmail or maps.

Related: Chalkboard Gift Wrap, Holiday Gift Wrapping Ideas

I love these DIY gift bows, because they’re a great way to reuse paper scraps and add embellishments to gifts without buying new. Reusing something old and replacing something new at the same time reduces your gift wrapping impact twice.  It’s super easy to make DIY gift bows. Below is a materials list and a link to the detailed tutorial over at How About Orange.

DIY Gift Bows from Scrap Paper


– scrap paper – You can use magazine pages, catalog pages, old gift wrap, scrap book paper scraps, etc.

– scissors

– ruler

– glue, glue dots, or double-sided tape

Get the detailed directions along with step by step photos over to How About Orange!

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About the Author

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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