Repost from December 2011, Enjoy!
Need some last minute gift wrapping ideas? I always run out of bows when i don't have time to run to Target. Here are some bows you can make with magazine pages, wrapping paper scraps or even old homework papers!
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
Scissors or paper cutter
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: