Creative Wrapping {Make a Paper Bow}

If there is one thing I really love, it’s a beautifully wrapped gift. I get that trait from my mom. She has never delivered a less than perfect package. She is the one who taught me how to create curled bows from wrapping paper which I shared in one of the first issues of House of Fifty. I really do love to wrap and am sharing a quick way to make a bow today. I often find I am out of ribbon or don’t have one that goes well with my papers. To avoid this issue, I started using scrapbook paper. It’s a super easy way to add pattern and personality. If you are like me, you might have a nice collection of pretty paper laying around and never know quite what to do with it. With just one piece, you can easily create a super cute bow in less that two minutes. Not to mention, you’ll have a custom looking gift. And let’s be honest, here. Desperation is the mother of all invention. I was off to a birthday party and couldn’t find ribbon that matched, so the scrap book paper it was! And now I am hooked. … present3fade   ………………….the step by step … This could not be easier. First: Cut a strip of your pretty paper that will go around your gift. If it will not fit, just piece it together with two. Next, cut four pieces of paper that are the same width as the strip going around your gift. This is the only really important step. Third: Bend each piece and tape closed. Last: Use one piece of tape on each roll and place them in the center of your strip. Start with the top and bottom and then add the two remaining rolls to the center. Don’t worry, the tape will never show! … giftcollage       present5   …………………..bright & cheery   gift2   … gift3   For this birthday gift, I used wrapping paper from the Target $1 section. {Love that place!} and a piece of polka dot scrap paper. I create the oversized tags on Microsoft Publisher. I promise to share them one day when I figure out how! gift6 Another one of my favorite wrapping ideas is to keep it simple with white paper. If you always have white paper on hand,  any bow in the house works! I shared that along with the curled wrapping paper bows in House of Fifty a while back. pretty1 What about you? Are you big into wrapping or do you shy away from it? Tis the season for gifts around here. I find that once Spring rolls around, so do the birthday parties and celebrations.  I promise this way of wrapping and adding the bow only takes a few minutes. Would love to know if you give it a try. have a great day!


  1. says

    So pretty! I love to wrap gifts. It's nice to take the few extra steps to give a beautifully wrapped gift! I have a paper fetish. I have rolls hidden all over the house…hoping hubby doesn't discover. Your nails look pretty Courtney.

  2. says

    Love this idea! I made some paper bows for recently for gifts and even made some for a wreath. There's something about making them out of paper, isn't there?

    Do you mind me asking what the cute font is in your very first photo? The typography nerd in loves it!

  3. says

    Great job. I know this sounds so funny but 20 years ago I had to go through a professional wrapping paper course for a high end dept. store. I had no idea a class like that even existed! They were serious too.

    I was the trainer for all the stores and had to know every dept. This bow was the one we used usually on men's gifts because it was always requested for them. I used one long ribbon and wrapped it back and forth.

    I love wrap and paper and everything that goes with it. I've been meaning to do a blog post on all the techniques but never thought anyone would find it interesting. I was wrong. Thanks for reminding me!

  4. says

    I found your blog by chance, while peeking others and I decided to check it out! I’m glad I did it, because I am really delighted with yours. It's beautiful, well structured, interesting… and it has completely got me hooked. I think we're going to get along just fine! 😉 I'd like to invite you to meet my space as well and I hope you'll have as much fun as I am having in yours!
    I wish you lots of success

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