Tuesday, June 17, 2014

How to make different types of bows !!

Bows are perfect gift toppers.When you don't have a quite attractive gift wrapping paper you can always go with kraft paper and make your gift more attractive by decorating with bows. :)In my last post I showed How I wrapped a gift in last minute and added a bow to spruce it up a bit.One of my Blogger friend asked me, If I could give a tutorial on How to make that bow.So, here comes a complete instructions of how to make different types of bows.

You can use any kind of materials like scrapbook paper,construction paper,newspaper,duct tape,magazine paper, ribbons and even maps (ya!you heard it ,right!Those maps which you collected from your vacation trips!).

Type 1: A simple bow.(Lets start from basics!! :))Take a 17" inch length of a ribbon.Fold it in half and make a crease to mark the center point.

Take one end of the ribbon and make a twist and bring it under as shown.

And repeat the same on the other end. 

After this step make sure the ends are crossed and a tab a glue /staple to hold .Cut the ends of the ribbon in V shape to avoid fraying .Glue a button or a sticker to complete the look of a simple bow. Isn't it very simple???

Type 2: The big swirly flower bow. I used newspaper to make this bow.This bow can be made smaller or larger than this.I am sharing the size which I used to make bow .
22"inch length --> 5 strips
11" inch length-->5 strips
3.5"inch length --> 1 strip
Width is 1" inch for all strips.

Take one 22" inch strip ,fold it in half and make a crease to mark the center.
Take both the ends and bring it to the center point and staple it.

Do the same for all the 5 strips and arrange them one above the other forming a circle.Staple them at the center to hold it together.
Do the same with 11" inch strips forming a shorter circle.

Place smaller one above the larger and staple them.

Take the 3.5 " inch strip fold them in half and tape it.Stick it in the center with a double sided tape or fold a strip of clear tape at both ends and stick to the folded strip and then stick the folded strip to the center of the bow.Voila!!!Now you have a beautiful big bow !!!

Type 3: It is a swirly, lengthy bow.I made this with ribbon.For this you will need,

8.5" inch length --> 2
6.5" inch length --> 2
4.5" inch length --> 2
3.5" inch length --> 1

Fold the both 8.5" inch length ribbon pieces into half, overlap one over the other and staple it.Do the same with 6.5" and 4.5" strips.Place one over the other and use 3.5" ribbon strip to make a circle and staple it at the center.

There are many alternate ways that you can make this type of bow. One is you can use a continuous length of ribbon to make these swirls as you desire and staple it at the center .Two is you can make the strips as continuous one instead of two pieces in each length i.e 17" , 13" and 9" strips and follow the same procedure.

Type 4: This is a twisty type of bow.For this you will need, 3 strips of 11"inch long and one 3.5" strip for the center.

I made this with duct tape on one side and magazine paper on the other side.Stick the duct tape as shown , leave some tape on both the ends to make the bows easier to stick.I personally felt the width is too long so ,I cut them into half.

 Now we are going to make the strips look like 8.Start by twisting it(Clockwise) as shown to make the upper side of 8 .

Now take the other end and twist it in anti-clockwise direction to make the lower side of 8 and stick it at the back.Use the small sticky tape that is left on both the sides to secure it in place.

Make all the three strips as shown above and place one over the other and use glue or tape to stick it.Complete the center with a small strip same as in the big swirly flower bow .Tada!!!You got another beautiful bow to decorate your gifts.

Hope you enjoyed learning the different types of bow.Which bow you liked the most ?? And in what material would you like to do it ?? Will you be making any of these when you gift someone next time ??Share your comments below. If you have any doubts ,feel free to contact me at vikalpah@gmail.com.I will be happy to hear from you.

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  1. Thank you for your tutorials, I am pinning this for the next time I have a gift to wrap. I appreciate the detailed pictures, I am such a visual learner.

    1. You are Welcome Sarah !! Thank you for the comment :)

  2. Fabulous bows! Love the tutorial... It comes handy when I need to wrap gifts :) Thanks for sharing it!

    1. Thank you Helen :) you are welcome too :)

  3. These are great! I especially like how you show how cool recycled paper can be in these. I'm pinning this for whenever I need some fantastic bows. Thanks!

  4. Thank you!! I'm pinning this for the next time I need a bow. I can't wait to impress people. :)



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