You can create your own personalized gift bows. You can make the bow a hint about what the gift is, like I did with this bow. You can put pictures of the receiver and/or giver. You can make the bow an ANTI-hint. You could use wrapping paper, the comics, magazines, etc... Get creative!
If you DO make one post a pic in the comments & I'll send you a badge. :)
Step 1: Things you'll need
You will need:
*a razor blade cutter or similar
*a ruler to measure & to use as a cutting edge
*an image that will still look good when made pretty small
Step 2: Print & cut
You will need to cut strips about 3/4" wide, so find, resize, & print an image (or images). Then use your razor cutter & ruler to cut your strips. You're going to need 9 of them.
Step 3: Now cut your strips
You want to leave 3 strips the full length.
Cut 1" off of 3 strips.
Cut 2" off of 2 strips.
Cut one strip to 3 1/2".
Step 4: Figure 8 time!
This is the step that can get a little fiddle-y. You want to take each strip &, basically, make a figure 8. Use tape to secure each strip. You need to keep track of the sizes. Keep the 3 longest strips in a group, the 3 smaller strips in a group, & the 2 smaller strips in a group. The smallest strip that's 3 1/2", you just need to make a circle with it.
Step 5: Putting figure 8s together
Each set of strips needs to be put together. I prefer to use a stapler to put the sets together. Yes, it will fold a curl or 2, but you can reshape them back enough that no one will notice.
Step 6: Now we start making the bow! Yay!
Take your set of 3 biggest strips & put the set of next 3 biggest strips inside. Staple.
Then, take your set of 2 smaller strips & put that set in the middle. Staple.