Wednesday, October 21, 2015

How to make gift bows using Silhouette

Today is something new and different, I am sharing my first ever tutorial using silhouette (If you are totally new to the word itself,you might want to check about the wonderful craft toy -an electronic cutting machine by clicking the link).Before starting I would like to say, I am not a pro or a experienced silhouette crafter yet so please forgive me if I make any mistakes and tell me in the comments below so that I can learn. (I always appreciate suggestions & comments from fellow crafters :)) 
I also wanted to share a little story about how I got this cutting machine. During April to May, Instructables (You might also want to check that website if you are a DIY addict & Contest lover ,like me) and Silhouette America conducted a Crafting 101 contest in which I submitted my DIY Paper Dahlia  and won second prize in the contest(Yay!!)  for which I received Silhouette Portrait (In last week of August). So lately I have been experimenting and playing a little bit with this crafty tool. 

While I wanted to learn more and get some help from fellow crafters, I joined a Facebook group called Silhouette Design & inspiration and there was a raffle going on when I joined. Like everyone, I entered it just like that and was totally surprised the next day when I got the notification that someone tagged me in a post saying "Congrats" you won a Silhouette Curio(Which is the latest release). I got so surprised and was jumping like anything (Thanks to my hubby for tolerating all the craziness :P).I couldn't believe it happened to me because I have never won anything big like this without putting much effort and time into it. I felt and feel so blessed :) :). So, with two cutting machine in hand , I am telling you before hand that I will sharing some of my experiments with these machines in future posts. 

I think this is the biggest intro ever(Sorry for that!!I had to share it with you) , so without ado  lets move on to the post. 

Materials Required : 

Silhouette cutting machine (Portrait or Cameo)
Any scrap book paper of your choice
Double sided tape

Step 1 : Open the desired cut file(Go to the end of the post) in your silhouette studio. 
There are three types of bows cut file for making four types of bows that I am sharing in this post. They are 

  • One inch flower bow template 
  • Small flower bow template
  • Double flower bow template
I have done my best to share the cut file for both portrait and cameo. However I couldn't adjust the cut border for cameo as I don't have it .So, cameo friends before sending your file to silhouette make sure you enable the show cut border and adjust your bow template accordingly. Also, for one inch flower bow and double flower bow there will be two templates that has to cut in the portrait due to the smaller size of portrait.

Step 2: Load your cutting mat into the machine with scrapbook paper mounted on the mat(I used light hold cutting mat) and click send it to silhouette button in your silhouette studio.Watch the cutting machine in action. I followed the default setting for cardstock and used double cut option for some of the bow as I did not get a clean cut when using cardstock to make bow. 

Step 3: Weed your template from the cutting mat. While doing this, reverse your mat and pull the mat from the paper instead of pulling the paper from the mat for easy weeding.(Silhouette friends in Facebook group taught me this tip).Here I am using the double bow template 1 for portrait. If you want a full double bow you have to cut the template 2 and attach it to the center of the template 1 before starting to make the bow. (This step is for portrait users only)

Step 4: Turn the template wrong side facing up and stick double side tape to the corners of each strand of the template to make the first fold.

Step 5: Lift the middle strand and fold the double strand towards the center and stick it as shown.Do the same for all the strands.Apply 2 to 3 pieces of tape to the center and fold all the middle strands towards center. Now take the rectangle piece and stick the ends together and tape it to the center or tape a circle to the center.Your bow is complete.As said earlier , you will get this particular bow from the template 1 for portrait .

If you want a full double flower bow, you have to print the template 2 for portrait and attach it to the center as said earlier.Then the result will be as shown below.

I have made a one minute video to show you how to use the small flower bow template in two ways.


I also wanted to show you how the One inch flower bow looks and I also made some extra details which you may use it with other bows as well.

Free cut files download links :

Hope you like my bow making tutorial. There are lot of possible ways to customize these templates  like printing the name of the recipient all over the template and using print & cut feature to make your own personalized ribbon or using your favorite printed material to cut this template and use them as ribbon instead using scrap book paper or cardstock, etc etc. Let me know if you use these template to decorate your gifts. I will have very happy to see the pictures. Share your pictures in any of the social media like Facebook, twitter, instagram or google+  and tag me or use #vikalpah so that I can see them. Or you can always mail them to 

For non-silhouette crafters, no worries at all. You can also use this idea to make your own ribbon with help of scale and xacto knife. Make your own template at the back of the scrapbook paper and cut it with xacto knife and follow the same procedure to make this gorgeous bow. 

Share your thoughts, doubts, suggestions or comments in the comments section and as always I love to read through them to know what you think. 


  1. Congrats on winning a Silhouette - what an awesome prize! I just bought a Cricut machine and I'm hoping this tutorial will work for that as well!

  2. Very nice tutorial and loved the video.

  3. How nifty are these? I love it! They look so unique and different... that is absolutely fabulous! Thanks so much for sharing on Welcome Home Wednesdays! Can't wait to see what you link up with us this week... don't forget the party goes live tomorrow (Wednesday) morning at 7am CST!

  4. I never knew you could make those with our machines, that is amazing!! Pinning it to try one day! #HomeMattersParty

    1. I am just starting to explore.And I 'm sure these machines can offer a lot.Thank you, Jamie :)

  5. These are so pretty. Makes me want a silhouette! It's great to be co-hosting with you at the #HomeMattersParty

    1. Add it to your wishlist this christmas Vickie :)Thank you :)

  6. I think I will have to sneak over to my friend that has one of these to try this for the holidays. #HomeMattersParty

    1. These will save a lot of time wrapping your presents for sure .:)

  7. Sahana, these look very pretty. I followed you on Youtube and it would be awesome if you follow me too.Thanks!

  8. What an amazing machine. Now I need one :) Thanks for co-hosting #homemattersparty

  9. Wow!! These are so awesome. Love them. I've had so much fun co-hosting with you at the #HomeMattersParty !

  10. I have the Cricut and hope I can make these as they are so pretty! #homemattersparty

  11. Wow those are such pretty bows! I don't have a Silhouette but this sure is a great use for one. #HomeMattersParty

  12. Awesome bows! I am always amazed at what all you can create with a Silhouette machine. #HomeMattersParty

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  13. Creating gift bows with a Silhouette cutting machine is a breeze, offering precision and creativity for perfectly crafted bows. Follow simple design templates and cutting instructions to add a personalized, professional touch to your gift wrapping.
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