by Noreen Doll.
Use colorful ribbons to make beautiful gift wrap bows for packages.
If you want to decorate your packages frugally while also recycling, there are several ideas for making bows with wrapping paper and other kinds of paper.
You could also substitute strips of fabric for the paper or ribbon to make colorful and attractive gift wrap bows.
Martha’s Favorite Bow
Martha’s favorite bow is super quick and easy. I use it all the time for any size ribbon.
Simple Felt Bow
These simple felt bows are intended for hair clips or bow ties, but why not make one to go on the top of a wrapped package. You can make them larger or smaller according to the size of the gift box.
How to Tie the Perfect Bow
How to tie the perfect bow is very easy to follow and makes a big full bow.
Double Loop Ribbon Bow
This double loop ribbon bow is made easily with the help of another.
Also from Martha is this easy double bow.
Basic Bow Tutorial
The instructions for this basic bow tutorial are easy to follow.
Another simple bow that uses curling ribbon to hold it.
The winged bow uses the ends of the ribbon which you trim to finish.
Make a perfect florist bow with ribbon and green florist wire.
How to create a Wired Bow
How to create a wired bow tells you how to make a large bow with several loops. It could be used to make a small bow, too.
Cut the loops on a pre-made bow for a different bow look.
Gift Wrap Bows Made with Paper
Handmade Paper Bow
Use this detailed tutorial to make a perfect handmade paper bow.
Recycled Wrapping Paper Bows
Recycled wrapping paper bows will use up all the small strips of paper that are too small for wrapping.
Recycled Magazine Bow
Video how-to for making a recycled magazine bow.
More gift bows made from magazine pages, these use a brad to hold them together.
Never Buy Bows Again
You will never buy bows again after you start making them with magazine or newspaper pages. You can spray paint or stamp newspaper bows any color.
With these tutorials, it is easy to learn to make gift wrap bows.