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Re-Use Stick-On Bows

Updated on December 22, 2014

Spruce Up or Re-Use Gift Wrap Bows

The gift wrap bow I wanted to use to wrap a present was squashed!

Flattened! Compacted!

What to do? I needed to wrap that gift now! No time to go to the store.

Has this happened to you?

Here is what I did: I cut each loop in half. I took the scissors and "curled" each tab. Then I gently tore the curled tab of ribbon in to three pieces--not going to the very center of the bow. Voila! A useable gift wrap bow.

Well, guess what? RealSimple magazine had thought of this, too. Plus some other ideas as well that I am going to share with you.

The spruced up red bow pictured here is just two bows stuck together by using the sticky tabs on the bottom. The magazine then suggests that you thread a ribbon thru a loop, then use the ribbon to attach the bow to the package. Man, I could have thought of this myself--but I didn't!

The image of the red pom-pom bow is from RealSimple, Dec. 2008; photographer is Bob Hiemstra.

Don't Let Your Ribbons and Bows Get Squashed! - Creative Storage Solutions for Gift Wrap

Plus, did you know you could buy new bows? Only if you need them, though. Then try to do something creative with those common-looking bows. Add some personality!

Another Stick On Bow Idea

Green Creative Wrapping

Snip the bow loops in half on an angle. Glue a button, sequins, or faux holly in the center.

Squashed bows never looked so good.

Image from RealSimple Dec. 2008

photographer is Bob Hiemstra

"Iron" a Ribbon!

I have used a warm light bulb to "iron" out wrinkles in ribbon.

Still Another Idea:

Spaceage gift wrapping!

Tie small lengths of contrasting ribbon onto the bow loops.

Not a bad idea, but the bow here looks kind of like a space alien's ship.

Image from RealSimple Dec. 2008

photographer is Bob Hiemstra

Share the wealth! If you have any really good ideas on how to reuse ribbons or bows, put them here (or make a lens!).

If all else fails and you just have to make a bow, go read this article on the Better Homes and Gardens website: How to make a florist bow.

Do you have any bow tricks? - Is reusing bows your idea of recycling?

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    • sweetstickyrainbo profile image


      4 years ago

      I will have to relate some of these tips to my wife.

    • lesliesinclair profile image


      6 years ago

      Pointing out one more means of recycling, but first prettying up - is a grand idea.

    • Lee Hansen profile image

      Lee Hansen 

      7 years ago from Vermont

      Sometimes I take a used gift wrap bow apart and then curl the ribbon into a new loopy bow. Featuring this as one of a dozen ways to use recycled materials for Instant Gift Wrap. Go green and save money!

    • Suggy LM profile image

      Suggy LM 

      8 years ago

      Good idea! I always thought those bows were a shocking waste, given they are only appreciated for about 5 mins, before being torn off!

    • pkmcruk profile image


      9 years ago from Cheshire UK

      Some really good ideas here and it just goes to show you can recycle/reuse anything and everything!

    • Mihaela Vrban profile image

      Mihaela Vrban 

      9 years ago from Croatia

      Come by 'Reuse it all' group and add this lens! :) I'm featuring all lenses that are related to reusing different items!


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