Tuesday, March 5, 2013

How to: Paper Bow + Free Template

A couple of weeks ago I shared a tutorial for crepe paper flowers and today you'll see another easy gift topper idea: a paper bow. I know how hard it can be to get a perfect bow with ribbon, but with paper, it's almost error-proof (and there is no fraying, yay!). Using my template, a sheet of your favorite scrapbook paper, a few dabs of glue and a sliver of tape, you will have the prettiest bow on the block.

1. Print the template on the reverse side of a standard 8.5x11 inch piece of paper (construction paper, scrapbook paper, printer paper... pretty much anything except super heavy cardstock). I used double-sided paper and carefully cut INSIDE the printed lines so they wouldn't show up on the completed bows.

2. Start with a small dab of glue on both ends of the large hourglass shaped piece

3. Gently bend the ends into the center without folding (you want it to be rounded as shown below).

4. Secure with a paperclip or clothespin while the glue sets

5. Wrap the thin rectangular piece around the center of the bow and secure with a piece of scotch tape in the back.

6. Attach the tails to the back of the bow with either glue or tape. Depending on the look you want, they can be added at an angle under the bow or horizontally behind the bow.

When you're done, you'll have a stunning paper embellishment that will make a difference with even the simplest of gifts.

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  1. Very pretty, and great tutorial, Jess. Thanks for sharing
    Debbie :)

  2. Soo cute! I love the idea and the colors =) As always, you have created a great tutorial!


  3. I love this! Thanks for sharing the pattern. I have pinned it as well and can't wait to use it!

  4. These are so pretty! I am definitely not too great at making bows- so these would be perfect for my gift toppers! :)

    I would love for you to stop by and link this post up with our new link party, Much Ado About Monday, if you get a chance. http://www.huckleberrylove.com/2013/04/much-ado-about-monday-no-3.html


  5. So cute! I’d love for you to check out our 2nd Pattern Party! Those with free patterns and templates to share are invited to link up!

  6. Love these Jess! They are so sweet and cute! I'll be featuring them on my blog tomorrow!


    Thanks for linking up!

  7. Thanks so much for this template and tutorial! I know I'll use it again and again.

  8. Such a cute idea, pinning it!


Feel free to share your thoughts or questions. You make my day!

xo Jess

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