Paper Bow

by Jessica Crawford

Banish cheap plastic bows to the trash and make your own pretty package decor.


  • Double-sided paper or cardstock, 6" x 12" piece

  • Paper Trimmer

  • Glue Dots

  • Adhesive

  • Brads

  • 1/16" circle punch


  1. Step 1

    Trim patterned paper into 8 strips of 1" x 6", 4 strips of 1" x 5", and 1 strip of 1" x 4". It's important to cut the 1" x 4" strip before you cut the 1" x 5" strips.

  2. Step 2

    Take 4 - 1" x 6" strips with pattern "A" face up and put adhesive on one end of each strip.

    Take the other 4 - 1" x 6" strips with pattern "B" face up and put adhesive on one end of each strip.

    Take the 4 - 1" x 5" strips with pattern "A" face up and put adhesive on one end of each strip.

    Take the 1" x 4" strip with pattern side "B" face up and put adhesive on one end.

  3. Step 3

    Wrap the 1" x 6" strips and the 1" x 5" strips as shown.

  4. Step 4

    Wrap the 1" x 4" strip as shown.

  5. Step 5

    Use the 1/16" circle punch to punch a whole at the bottom of each "petal".

  6. Step 6

    Use a brad and attach the "petals" together.

  7. Step 7

    Place a Pop-Up Glue Dot in the center of each layer.

  8. Step 8

    Stack each layer by alternating patterns.

  9. Step 9

    Finished bow.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Paper Bow. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

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Loved that, I found the smaller bow worked better for me as the bigger one was a bit loose. Maybe I'll try it again.
eels  |  Tue Jul 27, 2010 at 7:03 PM
I can't get over how quick these are to make.
Love2Craft  |  Wed Sep 8, 2010 at 1:26 PM
These are great! thanks for sharing.
cs hileleri  |  Wed Dec 15, 2010 at 12:46 PM
is very good. I'll give it a try. smile
güvenlik  |  Fri Dec 17, 2010 at 10:39 AM
Thank you, is very good.
Film izleyelim  |  Fri Dec 17, 2010 at 12:12 PM
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ismek kurdele nakis  |  Thu Dec 30, 2010 at 11:12 AM
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Pratik Pasta Tarifleri  |  Thu Dec 30, 2010 at 11:15 AM
very creative idea! im gonna try these for sure!:)
Aarathy Radhakrishnan  |  Mon Jul 18, 2011 at 1:57 AM
I love this! I was wondering if these are the same thing as you can see in the Holiday Mini on page28, do you think they are?
Joanne  |  Mon Oct 10, 2011 at 8:00 PM
Love it, and can't wait to give it a try! I was wondering if someone can tell me if this is the same thing as in the current Holiday Mini, on page 28? They have cute little bows in there too.
Joanne  |  Mon Oct 10, 2011 at 8:02 PM
Hi, im a girl from Sweden so my english is not so good.. but i wonder if I could borrow you tutorial and link it from my blog? Thanks!
Elsa  |  Thu Dec 6, 2012 at 9:59 AM
I really like this idea! I love to color (great stress relief) and have used some of my pages on card fronts. But, this is a great idea and I just love it!
Mary Poggemann  |  Thu Dec 1, 2016 at 10:57 AM

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