Sandpaper Bow




Introduction: Sandpaper Bow

About: I make things, usually with paper, pixels, and wood. Sometimes other materials.

Do you have a maker, woodworker, and/or DIYer on your holiday list? You spend so much time and money on finding the perfect gift, the perfect wrapping paper, why put some after thought of a bow on it?! Give your loved ones a bow that's not only decorative but is functional. Today we'll be making a sandpaper bow. C'mon lets get going!

Step 1: What You'll Need


- Sandpaper: most sandpaper you buy these days will be in 9 inch x 11 inch sheets. The colors you'll see the most are red, green, and yellow. Some metal and stone papers are on the gray to black spectrum. Also you'll find different grits of sandpaper and it's fun to play with the color and textures of the different grits. What you use is up to you. I'm using a combo of 60, 80' and 120 grits, all red in color.


- Exacto knife w/ extra blades( the abrasive natur of sandpaper will dull blades fast)

- Stapler and staples

- Hot glue gun( alternatively you can use double stick tape)

- Ruler/T-Square

- Sharpie(Fine Point)

Step 2: Cutting the Sandpaper Into Strips

For a bow measuring approx 3-4 inches in diameter you'll need the following sandpaper strips:
(3) 11 inches x 1 inch

(3) 10 inches x 1 inch

(2) 9 inches x 1 inch

(1) 3.5 inches x 1 inch

Using your ruler measure out your strips. You should be able to get one bow out of one sheet and still have a little leftover. Measure twice and cut once:)

Step 3: Folding the Strips

For each strip fold and twist each end to the middle. You should end up with something resembling a figure eight. Secure your "figure eight" with a staple or two. For the shortest strip make a ring with it, this will be the centerpiece of our bow.

Step 4: Assembling the Bow

To assemble start with the longest strips. Arrange in a star pattern, securing each strip with a bead of hot glue. Repeat this process with the remaining two tiers of strips. Lastly, place the center piece in the center of the bow. Nicely done!

Step 5: Deploy the Bows on Some Gifts!

Congrats, now the maker/woodworker/DIYer/awesome person who likes sandpaper in your life will not only get a super awesome gift from you, but awesome functional gift wrap! The possibilities are endless with this project, I've included some other bows I made to show a variety of what's possible. Happy Holidays!!!

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    Sandy C
    Sandy C

    9 months ago

    Made one for Christmas. It turned out beautifully and half my fingernails were filed when I finished! A big hit.


    5 years ago

    Very cool. I can't wait for Christmas!


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Totally cool! As a woodworker myself, I will DEMAND that all my gifts sport one of these. :-)

    Thanks for posting this!


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Very clever! I like the technique quite a bit. Thanks for sharing this!


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks man, I appreciate it! Having so much fun on doing these:)