Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Scrap Paper Bows - How To

Today we are going to give you a quick photo tutorial for these super simple paper bows. You can easily make them in a number of sizes and they look so cute as gift toppers, on a layout or card.

You need to decide how big you want your bow. To do that, determine the maximum length. Mine is going to sit atop a doily and I want the pennant edges to barely overhang the edge of the doily - so 5 inches. So when I cut my strips, I'm going to cut them an inch wide and then at 5", 6" & 7" lengths. You will also need a small scrap piece to wrap around the middle to hide your staples - or you can embellish it with a flower or something else.

Dovetail the ends of the 5" piece.

With your 6" & 7" pieces, loop their ends around on themselves until they meet and staple down in the middle. Layer one loop on top of the other, with the 5" dovetailed piece on the bottom and staple in the middle again. Wrap with your scrap piece, a piece of ribbon or other embellishment.

Layer it on your doily and voila! I also trimmed a piece of coordinating cardstock to layer over the blank center of the doily - that is purely personal preference though. These are great for making in bulk because you can use them for so many things. Enjoy!


Loree said...

Nicely done

Amy E. McCollum said...

Shwoo Shwoo!! I LOVE these paper bows!! :)