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Find yourself in a gift wrapping emergency? Keep this upcycled magazine gift bow craft on file to save the day. 

DIY: Upcycled magazine gift bow

There are a few times in a crafter's life when crafting inspiration comes so easily it is almost as if it was delivered right to your doorstep. Then there are times when inspiration is literally delivered right to your doorstep. This week our doorstep was gifted with 15 pounds of inspiration when an enormous pile of catalogs arrived. I am not even exaggerating when I tell you the weight - it was printed right on the shipping label.

All of these magazines were from one retailer. At first, I laughed at the ridiculousness of the delivery. The laughter quickly turned to annoying harrumphs as I moved the stack from spot to spot around the house just trying to get it out of the way. For the record, it is tough to get that much paper out of the way. My feelings finally settled on determined. I refused to just throw all this paper straight into the recycling bin without giving it a second use. With a string of birthday parties coming up, I decided to make some gift bows out of my pile of inspiration. This is a great craft to keep on file for those last minute gift wrapping emergencies!


  • Magazine pages - you need two pages per bow

  • Double Sided Tape

  • Ruler

  • Scissors

How To

  1. Cut strips of paper out of magazine pages. All the strips should be 3/4 inch wide. You will need three 10 inch long pieces, three 9 inch pieces, two 8 inch pieces, and one 3 inch piece.

  2. Twist the first strip of paper to create a figure eight.

  3. Attach the ends of the strip together in the center with a piece of tape.

  4. Repeat with the other long strips of paper.

  5. Loop the three inch piece of paper into a circle and tape closed.

  6. Tape one of the 10 inch loops on top of another creating an "X" shape.

  7. Continue taping the twisted strips on top of each other from longest to shortest.

  8. Tape the circle piece into the center, completing the bow.