Posts Tagged: paper projects

DIY Paper Gift Bow

What better paper project for a “Wrapping Up” magazine theme than a DIY Paper Gift Bow?! It’s a lovely present-topper for holidays, birthdays, or any gift-day! All you need are a few scraps of paper, tape, and scissors!

When I was younger, my mom taught me to make this homemade gift bow. It is a favorite of mine – a version of it actually debuted our Paper Projects back in 2011 (wow!), but as a flower. These bows always amazed friends at parties – “Whoa, you MADE that?!” (In all honesty, it’s really very easy – but you don’t have to tell anyone that!)

Supplies:
Wrapping paper (or any paper)
Scissors
tape

Choose your wrapping paper. You can make your bow multi-patterened (like I did), or go with one pattern or color to make it more uniform. It’s up to you! You’ll need to make three different sized bow sections (you could do more, if you want to make a giant bow!), so start by folding one corner of your paper up into a triangle. If it’s not an even triangle, trim the edges (so the paper scrap is square-ish in shape).

But keep it as a triangle! And fold the corners together to make a smaller triangle.

And more more time to make an even smaller triangle (it’s the same set-up as making a paper snowflake to start). One you’ve got your smaller, tri-folded triangle, trim up the wide end to be rounded.

It should look like this at this point:

There are three folds on one side…

And one on the other.

We want to cut along these folds, but MAKE SURE NOT TO CUT ALL THE WAY TO THE TIP! It will all fall apart if you do that. Leave a bit uncut at the tip on each fold. Do the three folds, then the one fold on the other side.

Open it up. It should look something like this now!

Grab one “petal,” and sort of roll the sides into itself. This will be your first bow point.

Flip it over and tape the petal you’ve folded at the back.

Repeat until you’ve taped all the bow points.

It should look like this when you’re done with this part (as you can see, my cuts weren’t perfect, but it still totally looks fine in the end!):

Next, decide if you want your next bow section to be larger or smaller than the first section you made. I went with larger, so I needed to make a larger square for my second bow section. To do this, just fold a piece of wrapper paper corner over, but put it more to make it larger!

Repeat the above steps to this section. Now you have your section bow part!

They looked like this together. You can now decide if you want to add another section, and what size you want it to be.

I decided I wanted one bow section in between these two, so I sized the square appropriately and repeated the steps again for my third section (steps not pictured – I added a pink section!).

Now it’s time to assemble them! Make a tape loop.

And put it in the center of your bottom bow section.

Press your next section down on top of the loop, securing it in place.

Repeat with your remaining sections.

Once you’ve taped the sections together, flip the bow over and put a tape loop on the bottom.

Press it on to your wrapped present.

Now cut a small strip of paper for the finishing loop! You can decide which paper you want to use – I went with the same green as the top bow section.

Tape it so it makes a paper ring. Then add a tape loop to the bottom of it (haha, is that enough loops?!), and press it in place in the middle of the bow.

And you’re done! This is sure to impress all your friends and loved ones! I know it did mine! Happy gifting! <3 – Aryn

DIY Mini Megaphones

You know what we we all need right now? Some cheering on! Make these DIY mini megaphones at home to spread positivity to folks around you – you can do it! Go, team, go! YAY!

Supplies:

Mini Megaphone template
Exacto knife (optional)
Scissors
Markers (or other medium)

So go ahead and download the template here and watch the video below. You’ll be cheering yourself and others on before you know it!

Mother’s Day Mini Magazine

Looking for a gift for mom for Mother’s Day?

Or dad for Father’s Day? Or anyone special for any special day? We’ve got the perfect thing: Make your own mini-magazine – it’s such a sweet gift!

Materials:

• Front page
• Back page
• Scissors
• Piece of yarn or string about 6-8 inches long
• Hole puncher
• Markers/Crayons/Pens/Pencils/Etc
• Kid(s) – you know, for filling out these cute little things

Print the mini magazine templates – first the front, then load the page back in your printer so it will print the back side as well.

Cut on the dotted line to separate the pages.

Fold one page with the heart on the outside (this is the cover) and fold the other page with the “you and me’ frame on the outside.

Place the You and me page into the other page (so the “You make me laugh when you..” page is facing the You and me frame).

Open both pages up and punch two holes in the “spine” (which is just the fold).

Thread the yarn or string through the pages like so. And tie on the outside.

Now it’s time for your kiddos to get creative!

If you’re making this for mom, of course, it’s generally best for a different grown-up or helper to work on this with the kid (you know, so it’s a surprise)!

Fill out each page and have your kids color pictures within. Encourage them to get as creative as they want!

Gift your sweet Mini Magazine to your special person – they will love it!

Happy Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, birthday, you day – You are the best!

XOXO,
Aryn (and Roxie too)