Paper Bow Tutorial

August 13th, 2012 | Learn How, Made with Fabric

Hi, did you see the paper bow I put on my last Layout?  I love it SO much! I have seen lots of templates and cutting files online for making them but I discovered (I’m almost certain this is my idea) this easy technique an I couldn’t wait to share it with you!  You will only need supplies you already have! All you will need is a Oval Punch, Scissors, and double sided tape.

Punch two ovals (my small oval = 1 3/4″ x 7/8″ and Large- 2″ x 1 3/8″)

Cut two strips of paper- 1/4″  x 1/2″  second- 1/4″ x 1″  (looks larger in photo)

Cut one strip for tails- 1″ x 3 1/2″. Using scissors cut about a 100 degree angle on the ends and approx 135 degree angle in the centre on both sides (to centre of the strip).

To start, run the ovals over the edge of your table (like you would a piece of sandpaper) to break the fiber and prevent harsh creases. Wrap ends of smaller strip with double sided tape, and pinch tips of ovals onto strip making the oval meet in the centre. If you’d like to add ribbon as in my ‘A Day in May Layout’  wrap around bow pieces now and adhere to the back side.

Tape oval piece to tail piece.

Cover the back side of the remaining strip of paper with double sided tape and wrap around the center of the bow and adhere to the back side of tail strip.

For the larger oval, the only change is the ovals will not meet in the middle, the centre strip of paper wil be 3/4″ wide, and the tail piece will be 4″ x 1/14″.

Viola, Bow created! Easy right? Now you create many beautiful paper bow projects! Check out this birthday card I created using my bows for my niece Stella (Happy Second Birthday to her!!):

For this card I used ‘The Sweetest Thing” collection from My Minds Eye, which I think I’ve said before I absolutely adore. The crochet lace around the center of the pink bow is from May Arts, and the large strip of lace in vintage.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you’ll give these easy bows a try.

Happy Crafting!


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