Picture of Homemade Present Bow
Did you forget to buy bows for your gifts this holiday season? Do you have free time to get them but would rather do something creative? Well how about you try and make your own homemade present bows.  They're creative, unique, and a great conversation piece!

A homemade bow can add a bit of personal touch to all of presents and sort of be green at the same time! I've been making these bows for a couple of years now and after some practice I can make one in under 30 minutes.  Price can range to $0-$5, it all depends on what you have on-hand.

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Step 1: Things You'll Be Needing

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-a pair of scissors
-an x-acto knife or a razor blade
-pages from a magazine (preferably colorful pages)
-a ruler
-a pen or pencil
-double-sided tape
-a surface you can cut on (I used a wooden cutting board)

Step 2: Side Note on Selecting a Magazine Page

Selecting what magazine page you want to use is all up to you. I always like to pick a nice colorful one to either match the gift wrap I chose or a picture on the page that coincides with a holiday. A way to make your bow very personal to the person you are giving the gift to, is to choose a magazine page that displays a hobby or interest of theirs. It makes the present that much better!
Great job on the instructable!
SeedRally (author)  Isabeau18701 year ago
Thank you so much! :)
loricurci3 years ago
This is a great idea! I've looked at all of the instructables for bow making and this was the easiest to follow and gave me great results. Keep em coming!
heartart3 years ago
Hi SeedRally-
I made up well.....a plethora of bows. I couldn't stop!! And I only have about 4 presents to wrap for Christmas that just passed. (need to finish and get them in the mail!!) But, wanted to show you a few. By the way, I used some pages out of the only fashion mag I happened to have and you know those perfume sample pages? They make really wonderful bows, due to their being a little firmer paper AND they smell good!! So, you get a scented bow!! Or two or four..because the scented strip can be cut up to use for the centers for up to 5 bows. So, thank you for the instructions and bring on another!!
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SeedRally (author)  heartart3 years ago
Wow that's awesome! I love the idea about the scented bow :) Your bows look great! (And I'm sure they smell good haha)
canucksgirl3 years ago
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I would really appreciate seeing where that rule is listed as I haven't seen it myself and would not want to inadvertently become and 'ible outlaw!!

Of course copying another 'ible is frowned upon, but this author lists her "inspiration" as a completely different article than your 'ible. Are we then supposed to be researching all of the 'ibles on here before we post our own to make sure no one else has posted one like it?

I'm just curious because that seems like it would ultimately be a detriment to the instructables community for a variety of reasons...
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SeedRally (author)  canucksgirl3 years ago
It's really okay. You're getting all worked up over a silly present bow. To have the same instructable is totally fine and having different ones just gives a different perspective.
I wasn't getting "worked up"... I made a comment and then answered a question because your instructable was a copy of mine... Since it bothers you so much, I've deleted my initial comments.

Perhaps your second instructable can be "your own creation".

Have a wonderful day. :D