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Green Crafting Gift Wrap Bow



Don't throw out your old magazines, do some green crafting with them. Having a lot of patience and time you can create this amazing-looking multi-looped gift bow. Magazines have never been so crafty until now.


  • 1 magazine page (or 8 ½ x 11” paper of your choice)
  • Small hole punch (or a sharp object for poking a small hole)
  • 1 metal brad
  • Scissors


  1. Cut across the magazine page to make nine 3/4 to 1 inch strips.

  2. Start with one strip and make a loop at one end.

  3. Turn the strip and make a loop at the other end.

  4. Use the small hole punch (or sharp object ~ be careful!!) to make a hole through all 3 layers of paper.

  5. Place the brad through the hole.

  6. Repeat with the remaining 8 strips. (I find it best to hold the prongs of the brad between my teeth while I loop the next strip, but do whatever works for you.)

  7. Open the brad to hold all the strips in place.

  8. Attach your finished bow using double sided tape.


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Very creative idea. One can easily use the idea and create a dozen of new projects. Have a look at this new book too. It has many projects regarding upcycling old books and pages. The Book of Books by Altered Upcycling http://www.amazon.com/Book-Books-Projects-beautifu == l-ornaments-ebook/dp/B00MGJADUK/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8 == &qid=1407385936&sr=8-5&keywords=mahe+zehra. They also have a website where you can sign up for free stuff.

Member 9541787

These are a great way to use up all of that paper and keep it out of the land fill. Thanks for sharing.

reginampartain 7392801

Looks like the ticker tape stars my dad use to make. I have two rolls of the tape, I am going to try & make some in his memory.

lindaschnelle 9470442

awesome way to use up any paper or plastic bags. love it.

Crafter 18183

I am using old Birds and Blooms magazines. The colors are fantastic!!

dwalden47933 8961301

A friend of my mom's used to make these, but she went one step further and put a string on it and dipped it in wax. Makes a great christmas tree decoration.

sbird50 4571674

I llike this

E L Lawson

What a cute neve mind functional idea! Instead of the clasp and paperhole punch try using an old pierced earring and back. it goes through the paper easily and while you're making the next layer you can just put the back of the earring on to hold it closed.

Karen5186 6134959

you can also after bradding the layers staple the end result....this is what I do....as I live remote(on an island on the Aleutian Chain of Alaska) and try ti use my resources carefully. This is a BRILLIANT bow making idea. It truly is very easy after a cpl. times.

sognoak 4772522

what a great idea, no more having to buy bows. thanks for sharing this bow of an idea.

brendahoenshell 8108834

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