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Making Gift Bows

Making Bows for GiftsThis page is about making bows for gifts. Making your bows is a fun craft and allows you to add your personal touch to gift wrapping.


Cutting white paper snowflakes.

Snowflake Craft IdeasSnowflakes are a popular winter craft subject, for Christmas decorations, ornaments or just to brighten up the cold months. They can be made with a variety of different materials but paper is by far the most common.


Cardboard Tube Crowns - three crowns

Making Cardboard Tube CrownsWhether you wear one on your head or use them as gift toppers you will have fun making these cute cardboard tube crowns. A bit of gold spray paint and a gem and you are off to the ball.


Simple Tassel Bow Gift Topper

Simple Paper Bag Tassel Bow Gift TopperIf you have a brown paper bag there is no need for traditional gift wrapping paper. Learn how to make this cute, economical paper bag tassel bow gift topper for your paper bag wrapped present.


Snowflake Bow for Oversize Gift - closeup of isolated snowflake on liner

Making a Snowflake Bow for an Oversize GiftThis bow is such an eye-catcher it is perfect for a large unwrapped gift, a traditional wrapped one, or without the tissue bow element you can make a snowflake garland. The supplies list and easy to follow instructions follow.


Beautiful Ribbon Gift Topper - cut other ribbon lengths for the gift and stitch the topper in place

Beautiful Folded Ribbon Gift TopperWire-edged ribbon is folded and tacked with a needle and thread to make this beautiful ribbon gift topper. Instructions follow.


Two-Tone Ribbon Bow - finished pale yellow and orange bow

Making a Two-Tone Ribbon BowEnhance the appearance of your next gift when you top it with this handmade two-tone ribbon bow. Let us show you how.


Present Topper with Cupcake Liner

DIY Present Topper from Cupcake LinersUsing just decorated cupcake liners, a stapler, and scissors you can make this unique present topper. The instructions follow.


bunch of pipe cleaners

Pipe Cleaner BowsUse pipe cleaners to make cute bows on their own or incorporate them into a more traditional bow by substituting the pipe cleaner for the ribbon tie in the center of the bow.



Flower Gift Wrapping - curling ribbon added to complete

Paper Flower Gift WrappingYou can skip the bow on your next gift by using this cute technique. You will be able to make a paper flower with your gift wrap by following the steps on this page.


Tissue Paper Flower Bow - gift with bows and tag

Making Tissue Paper Flower BowsIf you are looking for an alternative to the traditional ribbon gift bow, consider making tissue paper flower bows. Learn how on this page.


Making Pretty Paper Bows - finished bow without the center adornment

Making Paper BowsIt's easy to make a pretty bow for any occasion or usage on gifts, by using paper. You can use wrapping paper so it matches exactly or use contrasting or sparkly paper for a pop.


blue tinted paper towel bow

How to Make a Paper Towel BowYou can easily make this pretty gift bow from an ordinary paper towel and some food coloring. This is a page about how to make a paper towel bow.


A present with a nice bow.

Tying BowsA nice bow is a perfect way to finish decorating a present for a loved one. Use these ideas for tying bows on the next present you wrap.


Making a Duct Tape Bow

Making a Duct Tape BowThis is a page about making a duct tape bow. You can make just about anything from duct tape. Spruce up the next package you wrap with a duct tape bow.


Christmas bows made from magazines.

Making Bows From MagazinesThis is a page about making bows from magazines. The covers and pages of magazines can be recycled into colorful gift bows.


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Making Pretty Card Tie-OnsI save all greeting cards & when I have an afternoon of "free time" I start cutting parts of the card with scissors that have decorative blades (like half moons or lacy patterns). You could for example cut out a flower or a Santa Claus & then using a hole cutter, pierce a hole in the card & use ribbon, raffia, string or whatever. You now have free pretty Tie-Ons.


Beautiful Ribbon Gift Topper - ready to wrap a gift

Beautiful Ribbon Gift TopperYou can make this gorgeous ruffly gift topper with a few folds and stitches using wide ribbon. If you want the loops to be bigger, just use a longer piece of ribbon and make the folded segments longer.


Cardboard Tube Crowns - three crowns

Cardboard Tube CrownsHere's a cute and simple craft using the cardboard centers from toilet paper. Use gold spray paint and embellishments to turn this trash into treasure. These make cute toppers for gifts, but you can also add elastic strings to them so they can be worn on your head securely.


Present Topper from Cupcake Liners

Present Topper from Cupcake LinersNeed a quick present topper? You can make one out of cupcake liners. You'll have yourself a one of a kind present topper and it also helps cover the flaws of your box too (if you have one like mine).


Gift bows made from paper muffin liners.

Muffin Case (Liner) Gift BowsUse these simple, but effective, bows to adorn your wrapped gifts and make them look super special. You can use muffin cases, cupcake cases, or mini cupcake cases for different sizes of bows. They are so easy to make.


Flower Gift Wrapping - finished gift

Paper Flower Gift WrappingYou can use your gift wrap as a bow too! Just cut it taller then the gift, twist it and then form it into a tighter circular shape to look like a rose/flower.


Two-Tone Ribbon Bow - finished pale yellow and orange bow

Two-Tone Ribbon BowYou can easily make your own two-tone bow out of pieces of ribbon. I like this one because it's glittery, fluffy, and super easy to put together.


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