8.01.2011

Recycled Gift Bows



Need some last minute gift wrapping ideas?

Pull out your old magazines, girl, because I know you are just like me and hold on to those dang things "just in case"! Well, the time has finally come. Nah, nah, Big Guy!

Use a page of print to wrap your gift, then make this quick and easy gift bow GGCAA taught me how to make from a colorful magazine page. For this example I used a magazine photo of a giant ice cream cone!

Recycled Gift Bows

Supplies:

Magazine
Scissors or paper cutter
Stapler
Tacky glue
Tape


I used my handy dandy paper cutter to cut 9 strips of paper 3/4 inch wide:



Next, I sized them as follows:

Leave 3 strips at this length.
Cut 1 inch from the end of 3 strips.
Cut 2 inches from the end of 2 strips.
Cut the remaining strip to a length of 3 1/2 inches.

Now, begin to form figure 8's from all the strips except the shortest. Staple them to hold. *(I had a momentary brain fart during this step, but I finally got the hang of it. Just keep looking at the picture.)



The last strip will be glued to form a small loop.

Now, nest those babies! Begin with the largest figure 8's like this, placing a dot of glue between the layers:




Go ahead and layer the remaining 8's, largest to smallest then staple the whole lot together in the center:



Using a dot of glue, slip the loop you made from the smallest strip into the center:



Check out what you can do with an old homework paper and an ink pad. You're so clever!



Want some more ideas?

Try dressing up a paper lunch bag with scrapbook paper and ribbon.

Wrap yarn round and round plain brown craft paper wrappings, like ErinEverAfter:



Wrap in a square of reusable fabric, like Chewingthecud:



Or weave this amazing paper gift topper like PaperCrave:



Savvy Southern Style

13 comments :

  1. What a clever way to recycle a magazine into something useful.

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  2. Morning Jen,

    Very cute ideas!

    I'm back from the dead and trying to get into the blogging swing of things again.

    I feel as if I have I have missed so much. Life moves so fast in Blogland!!!!

    Enjoy the week.

    Cheers,
    Janet xox
    http://theemptynest-janet.blogspot.com/

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  3. Oh my gosh I just love that !!!
    Thank you for the fun tutorial !

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  4. i love these ideas! magazine's paper have so much potential, it's such a waist to put them in the recycle bin!!! thanks for all this brilliant ideas!

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  5. Wow, I knew there was a good use for those old magazines! haha. Thanks for sharing -so excited to try this for Christmas!

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  6. Great idea! I've been staring at a pile of magazines I've been keeping hold of, wondering whether to put them in the recycling--now I know what to do with them!

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  7. You remind me so much of my daughter. She only has one boy, though, so the testosterone level is a little lower. I made your purse organizer for my friends and now I'm going to try the magazine gift bows. Awesome idea! Thanks! Visit my blog sometime, I'd love to have you!

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  8. Love these ideas! Especially the bow made from the recycled magazine pages. I've got to try that one!

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  9. just recently found your blog- am already in love with it! love the recycled magazine bows- super creative and cool looking- thanks for the inspiration... and instructions!

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  10. What a great idea and very cute. Thanks for joining Wow.

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  11. Can I use one of your photos for an article in Lane County's Transfer News (it goes to our customers dropping of their trash and recycling). I'd like to use a photo as an example of what you can do to reuse during the holidays. I'll give credit to the site of course.

    mikayle.anderson.co.lane.or.us

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  12. You are sooooooooooooooo creataive! Wish I had more in me.!

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