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Magazine Page Gift Bows

Updated on April 7, 2017

A Great Gift Bow Step-by-Step How To

This lens is a how to all about creating a gift bow from a page from a magazine. From a solid color to a multi-patterned bow, it's super easy, cheap and fun! And also a great way to reuse a magazine before you get rid of it.

I have taken photos from start to finish, hopefully this will be a very easy project for everyone!

I got the idea from the How About Orange blog, they posted a how to as well.

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Step 1

Choose a Page

Pick a magazine page that you want to use to create a gift bow.

You can pick anything, one with a solid color, one with a lot of different prints, etc.

I found that fashion magazines are my favorite to work with.

Remember, you will be able to see the back of the page too in your bow,

Step 2

Measure and Mark

You are going to make 9 strips out of the page.

Measure them each 3/4" wide.

I began by using a pen to mark the lines to cut, but I just guess now and they come out well.

Step 3

Cut out the strips.

Cut out all 9 strips of paper.

Step 4

Cut the length.

Cut the strips to the right length.

Leave 3 the length they are,

cut 1 inch of 3 of them,

cut 2 inches off 2,

and cut one down to 3 1/2".

Step 5

Twist and Glue

Twist both ends of the paper strip to make a figure 8.

Glue in the middle. (Others staple, but I wanted it to be free so I used glue I got for free.)

Do this for all strips except the shortest one, which you will make into a circle.

Step 6

Layer pieces.

Layer and glue the longest 3 pieces together.

Do the same for the next 3,

and then the other 2.

Step 7


Layer all of the pieces together by gluing them each in the center.

Then, glue the circle in the middle.

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      Alicia 4 years ago from New York

      @SusanDeppner: Thanks for stopping by and checking it out!

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Wow, so pretty and so easy! Thanks for the fun tutorial!

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      MarcStorm LM 5 years ago

      Very Cool! Thanks for sharing this trick. Who needs to buy a package of store bows when you can make some of your own and have fun doing it. Time is money, but isn't money more expensive than time when it comes to our wallets. Plus I think it promotes healthy mental faculties by focusing, following the steps and making something with our hands and brains. Plus if we don't feel like making them, we could always buy them, because it might take awhile to make all of them if there's a deadline. Thanks!

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      AngryBaker 5 years ago

      Oh... this is way easier than I expected.. will have to put my kids to work making bows.

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      Winter52 LM 5 years ago

      Well, I got that one wrong did I. Jumped the gun, I was so excited lol!

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      Winter52 LM 5 years ago

      I have bags and bags of bows... what a great idea. Had no idea what I was going to do with them!!

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      Tracey Boyer 5 years ago from Michigan

      What an awesome idea !! Thanks for sharing !

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      Loretta 5 years ago from United States

      Okay - that looks super EASY to do, so why do I buy big poofy bows for a $1 piece!?!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I love how easy this looks (well, how easy you make it look!). The photos are so helpful!

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      lynnasafriend 5 years ago

      Very nice lens thank you for sharing

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      Marc 5 years ago from Edinburgh

      These look really fab!

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      Alicia 5 years ago from New York

      @Thrinsdream: Thanks so much Cathi!

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      Mona 6 years ago from Iowa

      This is such a clever idea. Nicely presented page as well. Blessed.

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      Thrinsdream 5 years ago

      Love this, such fun! With thanks and appreciation. Cathi x

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      Alicia 5 years ago from New York

      @WildFacesGallery: Thank you very much! I appreciate the compliment. :)

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      Alicia 6 years ago from New York

      @anonymous: Thanks! And thank you for stopping by and commenting!!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      That is so neat.