Tuesday, September 21, 2010

How to Make Your Own Bows

As the holidays are right around the corner, more and more of us will be wrapping presents.  Throw in birthdays, showers, weddings, and other special occasions and you can find yourself spending a pretty penny just wrapping gifts. 

I'm willing to confess that I'm cheap.  (Yes, you can call it frugal if you'd like.)  I just can't bring myself to spend $7 on stuff that is intended to be thrown away.  I just can't do it.  Just last week I was looking for wrapping paper and ribbons/bows for a wedding gift...even on sale, the wrapping paper was $2.70, the matching bow was on sale for $1.99 and a role of ribbon was $1.50...and all of this stuff was on clearance!

So, I did what every self-respecting cheapskate would do.  I decided I could do something at home.   I headed home and pulled out my stash of ribbons and wrapping paper.  (Acquired at various points for very low prices.)  All of my ribbon, however, is on a spool or a roll.  Time to make my own bows.

I thought you might want to see how to do it yourself, so I took pictures along the way:

First cut pieces of ribbon roughly the same length.  The number of pieces is determined by how puffy you want your bow.  I used 8 or so pieces that were about 10" long for a small bow.  (Later I used about 12 that were 12"-14" for a big one.)  Anyway, take your pieces of ribbon and hold them between your thumb and forefinger in a stack like this:

Staple the pieces to a little piece of paper, roughly 1" square.  (I confess to having borrowed one of the inchies my sister sent to Buttercup.)  You don't actually have to use a piece of paper, but it just aids in the stability.

You want the staple to be perpendicular to the pieces of ribbon, so you'll be able to fan them out.

Using your scissors, curl both ends of each piece of ribbon and fan them out from their neat stack to create fullness.

Attach a tape loop to the back of the paper and then tape the bow to the package.

There you have it...a bow.

Oh, and here is how the wedding present looks with a bow made out of two different colors of ribbon.  I even added spirals made out of the narrow white ribbon.   Pretty, isn't it?

Ikea paper I had on hand, a few pieces of gold ribbon from an old package, and white and gold ribbon I had on hand...all that and about 20 minutes gave me a pretty present to give to a newly married couple.  I'd say I did pretty well.


DarcyLee said...

Love this idea! I'll be using it in the next few months.

Anonymous said...

Very cute! I too really dislike shelling out coin for wrapping. I ended up buying a big roll of white, one of black and one of brown craft paper. I dress up the plain paper with different colored ribbon that I already have on hand and usually bust out my stamps to add a little something to the paper. Lately, I've been saving my daughter's freezer paper artwork to wrap smaller Christmas gifts in.

Clark said...

Yeah! I can access blogger again! They look great. You need to send me some ribbon so I can make xmas bows this year.

loveaphid said...

I love the bows they look fun and fancy! You know I am with you on the whole making your own wrapping deal.

I must say though that I take issue with you calling yourself cheap. You are anything but. You know the value of things and spend accordingly. Cheap implies a miserly out look. It is an unwillingness to spend any money and thusly sacrificing those things that you truly need or want for the saving of a penny. It causes one to miss out on the experiences of life. This does not describe you, my lovely and generous sister - who just sent me a Starbucks gift card as a "welcome back to the working world" present. That is not the action of a cheap person!!! NOPE, You my sweet sister are frugal. Your heart and soul are generous. You just know that it is not the cost that counts, but the thought.