I had the Christmas crafting itch but no time to get involved in a huge project since I was leaving town for Thanksgiving.What’s a creative, crafty girl to do?
As I was about to put a bunch of travel magazines that a friend had given me into the recycling bin I saw that I was out of gift bows in my gift wrapping supply box.
I just found my quickie Christmas craft!
I recycled those old magazines to make Christmas gift bows from old magazines. You can also make Christmas gift bows from potato chip bags but I didn’t have any of those at the time.
I used How About Orange’s gift bow tutorial but instead of using glue, staples or tape like she did I used metal paper fasteners, which made the project a lot less messy.
How to Recycle Magazines into Gift Bows
You will need:
1 magazine page or clean empty chip bag
Pair of scissors or exacto knife (I think using the exacto is easier)
1 1-inch metal paper fastener
Cutting mat (if you have it and are using the exacto knife)
1. Cut three 3/4" wide by 10 ½” tall strips from the magazine or empty chip bag.
2. Cut three 3/4" wide by 9 ½” tall strips.
3. Cut two 3/4" wide by 7 ½” tall strips.
4. Cut one 3/4" wide by 3 1/2” tall strip. You should have nine strips total.
5. Twist each end of a 10 ½” tall strip into a figure 8.
6. Push the figure 8 strip onto the paper fastener. I found that making a small hole with a pair of scissors in the center of my figure 8 made it easier to pierce the figure 8 with the 1-inch fastener.
7. Twist the remaining 10 ½” tall strips into figure 8s and add them to the paper fastener.
8. Twist each of the 9 ½” tall strips into figure 8s and add them to the paper fastener.
9. Twist each of the 7½” tall strips into figure 8s and add them to the paper fastener.
10. Make a loop with the 3 1/2” tall strip and add it to the paper fastener.
11. Bend the ends of the paper fastener to hold the loops in place.
12. Slap that bad boy on a gift and gaze in wonder!
WARNING: Magazine bow making can be addictive!
The first few bows I made were a little wonky. The more I made, the more store bought bow-like they became. You can adjust the overall size of the bow by using longer or shorter strips to make it.
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