Here is everything you will need to make the bows:
- Magazines – Any kind will work. Be careful not to cut up things you want in them like recipes etc. But have fun with it!
- Fasteners/Brads – That box of 80 I got at the dollar store!
- Cutting device – Chopper, Scissors, Scrapbooking slicer – something to make quick easy cuts!
You may also need scissors/thread cutters but that is up to you. I will explain where these are handy – I personally never use them for this project.
Choose the pages you want to make your bows out of. Carefully remove them from the magazine.
Choose pages that are full of color, interesting textures or even text.
- Gifts for Cooks – Use recipe pages (of ones you wont use of course)
- Couponers – use those extra add pages in the inserts – don’t use coupons or they might get mad!
- Kids – Use bright colors and fun textures
Slice off any uneven edge and neatly stack your pages together. Cut them in 1 inch strips.
*This is where a chopper or scrap book slicer comes in handy – quick and easy!
Take one strip of paper and twist it into a figure 8. Do not fold it together – just simply twist it. Hold it with your fingers and push a fastener through the paper.
*This is where scissors or a thread pull come in handy. You can make a small slice and push the fastener through. However, it is not necessary in order to get the fastener through the paper (it does make it easier!)
Your bow will now look like this:
Repeat step 3 about 6-9 times until your bow is nice and full. Each time rotate your ribbon piece about 1/3 a turn. As you add on more pieces it will push the first ones closer together to make them look more bow.
Close the fastener! It’s that easy!
To secure it to a package just roll a piece of tape and stick the two together.
Where to find Free Magazines:
Don’t have enough magazines laying around? Here are a few you can grab right now!
Free Subscription to Parenting Magazine
6 Free Issues- Working Mother Magazine
Thanks for this! I never thought about using magazines like this. I already use newspaper for wrapping, this is the perfect bow to compliment that. I love this series, can’t wait to see what other nneat Christmas ideas you have up your sleeve 🙂
Thanks Jennifer! These are so fun and would work with newspaper wrapping 🙂 I’ve got a lot more coming 😀
WOW! You crafty little……………………………..
This really is awesome, i MAY try it this Christmas, to spruce up the newspaper wrapping jobs! LOL