Light Up Bow from Saran Wrap and Hot Glue and LED Throwie

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Create a cute, bright, lighted bow with saran wrap, hot glue, and a couple of  modified LED throwies. Yup, you heard me… saran wrap and hot glue. It is the perfect holiday craft for mom’s and daughters to do together, without breaking the bank.

DIY: How to Make A Lighted Holiday Bow from iHeartSwitch on Vimeo.

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Step 1: Materials

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  • Saran Wrap
  • Hot glue gun and sticks (For some sparkle, use glitter glue sticks)
  • 2 LEDs
  • Scissors
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Tape (Clear packing tape or duct tape)
  • 3-V battery (CR3202)
  • Glitter (optional)
  • Toothpick or stir straw (optional)

Step 2: Cut and wind your saran wrap

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Cut a length of saran wrap that is about 5 times longer than you want your actual bow. Grab the end of the saran wrap and hold it tight. This will be the center of your bow.
Begin wrapping a bow shape with the saran wrap making two loops. Do this a couple of times. When you are finished, you should have small length left over. Wrap it around itself in the center and just tuck it away into itself. It is a basic bow making technique. Fluff up the bow with your fingers.  See video for details.

Step 3: Hot glue to give the bow structure

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Using hot glue gun cover the entire top of the bow with hot glue. Once it is dry, flip it over and cover the back. You can do this a few times and do whatever pattern you like. Just make sure it is dry before flipping it over or touching the glue.
(Add glitter at this juncture if you want a little sparkle on your bow)
These are very cool and I love how easy it is to make them! I'm guessing this is directed at people with less electronics experience. However I'm wondering how long are these going to last before the batteries die?
DasBus5 years ago
Its so simple yet it looks so good.
Maybe you could try putting some aluminum foil pieces and wax paper into the saran wrap as your winding it. Might look better, might look worse, just a thought.
SwitchGirl (author)  OverSaltedFry5 years ago
Interesting idea. I also like the idea of covering it with sparkles, but only on the inside. If you completely cover the exterior it won't light up as well.

Another note: this bow can be put over any LED light, so if you have something, say a wreath or tree with lights, you can easily fit this over the lights you are using.