Homemade Gift Bow

I love to give presents; it’s one of my love languages.
I think that a big part of the excitement of a present is how it is wrapped. I’m not a big fan of cheap, gaudy wrapping paper but instead love gifts that are wrapped with some artistic flair!  
However, wrapping paper is so expensive I rarely buy it – it’s just going to end up in the bin after all. I normally buy brown packing paper or make my own out of old magazines or paper.
Does that make me cheap? Maybe...but I hope my presents still look nice tied with some colourful wool or ribbon.

I’ve recently starting making my own paper ribbons and I thought I’d share it with you because they’re so easy and much cheaper than buying them from the shops, especially if you use old magazine paper.
1. Start off with an A4 sized piece of paper and cut it into nine one inch strips.

2. Leave three full length, cut an inch of the next three, two inches of the next two and cut the last strip so it’s about 2 ½ inchs long.
3. Twist each piece of paper so there is a loop at both ends and staple in the middle. Shape the smallest strip into a circle and secure with a glue dot.

4. Layer the 3 longest strips on top of each other and secure with a glue dot. Do the same thing for the next two groups of strips. Finally, stick the loop in the centre.

It's a super easy and cheap way to jazz up any present!


  1. I love wrapping gifts too & i love pretty wrap!! :) Great job on this bow! :)

  2. This is the best news since I learnt how to print on ribbon, LOVE IT! Thanks for sharing :)

  3. I've always wondered how people did this!

  4. Oh, I've been wanting to make some like these for the longest time. The paper you used is so pretty.