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This instructable will show you how to make your own paper bows to decorate your Christmas or birthday gifts so they look much more nicer !

Why pay for all those ribbons when you could do them without getting out of home and without paying a dime?! The only things you will need are Paper,Scissors,Glue and a bit of Time! Easy and simple its is, you'll never gonna buy them to the store anymore guaranteed!

This is only to show you the basics, but you can try with gift paper of like some people said in comments, try with magazines , it will look much better !
You can also take those scrap gift wrapping this Christmas, and reuse them later to make ribbons!

Merry Christmas!!

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Step 1: Materials

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This is the materials you will need to do some bows:

  • A regular Sheet of Paper (You can also try with gift wrapping, it looks better!)
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick

Step 2: Cut the Bands

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Turn your sheet horizontally and cut 6 band of approximately 1.5cm wide and all sheet long.

Step 3: The Bands

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These are the bands you will end up with. I kept 4 full length bands and I cut 2 others at the 3/4 of the length.The little band is the part that I cut from the 3/4 band.

You should end up with 7 bands...

Step 4: Fold the Bands

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Fold all the bands in half, except for the smallest.

Step 5: Glue the Bands

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Using your glue stick , glue the end of a band on each side of it

Step 6: Twist and Glue the Bands

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Twist the band the side that you've just glue, to the centre (At your fold mark) You are gonna do this with all your other bands except with the shortest.

Step 7: Twist and Glue the other side

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Twist and Glue the other side of the band to the centre like you did in the previous step.

Step 8: Repeat the Prev. Step

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Repeat the previous step for all the other bands (Again, not with the shortest)

Step 9: Start the Assembling

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Start the assembling of your bow. Put some glue under the centre of each of your full length band and stack them one on the others in a Flower-like shape .

Step 10: Continue the Assembling

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Continue to glue together the long bands to form your flower-like shape.

Step 11: The 3/4 bands Assembling

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Now do the same thing with the smaller band, except that you only have 2 band, so you need to glue them in a ' +' shape.

Step 12: Make the center

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The last part of the bow is the centre ring, to make it, take the little bands and glue it in a circle.

Step 13: Glue the top

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Glue the circle (little band) on the second part (The part in the '+' shape)

Step 14: Final assembling

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Glue the 2 big parts together ( on each other)

That's it ! You've just finished your paper bow! You now simply have to glue/tape them on your Christmas or Birthday gifts and they will look a lot better!

Hope you enjoy !
and do u glue longest first or second longest first
do u glue the outside or inside of the strips?
Noyola Bbi4 years ago
kcls5 years ago
Wow! These are cool looking! When i saw this 'ible, I made it immediately. They only take a few minutes!
NNN55 years ago
I made a rose of checkered paper from a school notebook. It looks GREAT! 
It can be a good decor idea for a gift to a teacher.
what a great idea!
Zazu6 years ago
This should be featured!
jpoisl6 years ago
Thank you for posting this! I used magazines and holiday target books to make mine. They turned out fantastic, everyone really liked them. I know how I'm wrapping all my gifts from now! They look really cool with printed paper very colorful. Thanks!
CameronSS6 years ago
I'm currently in the process of making one out of the scraps or gift wrap. Nice idea!
red-king6 years ago
good instructible. save a bit of money from buying those annoying ribbon things and it looks a lot better to me too.
AznPanda7 years ago
this is AWESOME I am really going to do this im favoriting this for when christmas comes or when i need it xD dude you are AWESOME! love it xD and if u want u could make the last one (small band) a longer one and put it on a tree or hang it somewhere =D Sweet Christmas (for me) in july! xD
Shagglepuff7 years ago
Great for making custom bows.
mrmath7 years ago
When I read the topic, I immediately thought of the mythbusters episode where they made paper cross-bows. I thought you were making a paper bow as in bow and arrow! :) It looks like it would be really cool if you made the bow from the same wrapping paper, but only for a single gift. Could you imagine wrapping gifts for three children for Christmas, and making all those bows?
go mythbusters!!!!
chasmyn7 years ago
Wow, this is great! I was just wondering how to do this. You could use wrapping paper, too! It would look fantastic! Thanks so much for this!
Patented (author)  chasmyn7 years ago
Yes it will be great to do it with some paper wraping,i wil try!
Sunbanks7 years ago
That is really cool! I'm going to go do this...
nanonano587 years ago
nice it will help on Christmas :D
WOW! That's amazing! I always bought these lol.
Neat! You could even do this with normal ribbon..