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Topic: gift bows! (yet another way to recycle magazines) tutorial added and more pics  (Read 393372 times)
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Miss American Pie
« on: May 20, 2008 09:19:45 PM »

(Another edit... four years later!)

Just wanted to share these enormous gift bows I made out of brown paper grocery bags. One is even bigger than the gift...

(editeddddd cause I made more)

Cell phone photo tutorial...
What you need:

magazine page, brass paper fastener/brad, something sharp, scissors.

1.) Cut mag page into strips

2.) Loop a strip like so:

Then loop the other end like so:

3.) Poke a hole in the middle with the sharp thing and slide it onto the brad.

4.) Make another one and put it on the brad too.

And just keep going.

5.) Once you've got about nine strips looped on there just split the prongs on the brad.

And you're done!

WARNING: May cause serious addiction. Craft at your own risk.

-----old post-----

Yeah, I could recycle magazines by putting them in my recycling bin, but this is way more fun...

(I also reused a pretty shoe box to put the gift in)

And two more...

They're super easy. You just need a magazine, scissors and those little brass paper fastener things (a stapler might work too).
1. Cut some different size strips from the mag.
2. Loop the strips and stick the paper fastener through the middle. (it might be easier to make holes in the strips with something sharp first and then slide them on the fastener. I used a seam ripper). Put the smaller strips on first and then the larger.
3. Pull the prongs apart when you're done and then stick it to your gift with some tape. Fluff it up a bit for flair and voila!

Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks for looking!
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« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2008 09:45:45 PM »

Great idea! I always use magazines, cereal boxes, etc as gift wrappers. My family and friends are used to it  Cheesy I really have to try this one out!

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« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2008 10:22:37 PM »

1. those bows are freakin' awesome.  I had to look really hard to see the text (I totally didnt believe those were from a magazine!!)  Cheesy

2. those little brass things are called brads   Grin

3.  a hole punch (a small one) would prevent injury from using a seam ripper improperly, LMAO!!  I *always* stab myself with my seam rippers.  Just tonight, I was holding something steady between my fingers to cut it and went a little too far with my (SHARP!) sewing shears and cut a huge gash in my finger.

4.  the shoe box totally rocks!!  I thought you painted the circles on it, it's so pretty... now I see some text on the box where you covered it with a bow.

Miss American Pie
« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2008 10:38:38 PM »

Oh man, I just made two more. I think I'm addicted. This time I cut all the strips the same length, and I think I like that way better. They look more like gift bows and less like flowers.

Thanks for responding! If you make some please post pictures cause I'd love to see what everyone else comes up with!

« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2008 10:46:30 PM »

What a great idea.  They look so good!


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« Reply #5 on: May 20, 2008 10:57:46 PM »

Excellent! Linked from the thumbnail, and at first I thought you'd decorated the box....then I read the title. Those bows are fabulous!!


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« Reply #6 on: May 21, 2008 12:48:46 AM »

Ok, I'm pretty sure this is a legit addiction. I figured out how to loop them like the store-bought bows. ok, going to bed for real this time...


« Reply #7 on: May 21, 2008 03:08:11 AM »

Wow I have both around the house but never a bow.....thanks for the tute.  They are fabulous....home mags for house warming, sports for the man, kids mags for of course the kids. 

The box is pretty too, heaven knows I reuse shoe boxes all the time.....even have my family and friends (different sizes) collecting them.  I reuse for craft project label the outside of box or put copy of craft project (most of the time is the supplies need in the box).

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« Reply #8 on: May 21, 2008 03:19:40 AM »

I have to try this! They look amazing, and what a great way to recycle!

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« Reply #9 on: May 21, 2008 04:00:07 AM »

*Squee*! This is such a good idea, and way better than buying those bows from the shops I'm definately trying this out.

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