Put A Bow On It (Part 2) – Paper Bow Tutorial
(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2013 Blog Event)
The last post was about satin bows, but I also love paper bows for adding a special finishing touch to my projects, like this card…
May Your Days Be Merry:
It may not be as shiny as a satin bow but it makes a great focal point, plus it’s still easy to jazz up the middle of the bow if you want too!
Here’s a step-by-step for a paper bow – there’s probably other ways and tutorials out there but this is the way I put mine together…
Paper Bow Tutorial:
Step 1: Cut four rectangles of double sided patterned paper (mine are from the Glitz Designs Hello December 6×6 Pad). The large rectangle should measure 6″ long by 1¼” wide, the next size down rectangle should be 1¾” long by ¾” wide, and the two smallest pieces should be 1½” long by ⅝” wide:
Step 2: Turn the large rectangle so the pattern you want showing is flat on your work surface. Draw a line at the centre point (3″), and fold the two ends in to meet at the centre – don’t make the creases too sharp:
Step 3: I normally cut the bow shape by eye, but here’s how you can measure it.
On the flaps you’ve folded inwards mark two vertical lines, each ½” away from the centre point (the lines will be 1″ apart from each other). Draw a dot at the top and bottom of each of these lines, ⅛” away from the edge of the bow. Now draw lines from the corners of the bow down toward these dots, and join the dots up horizontally across the centre point, so you have the bow shape marked out like this:
Step 4: Cut along the lines:
Step 5: Open the bow out again, and draw a spot each side, about 1″ away from the centre line, and equidistant from the top and bottom of the bow:
Step 6: Pile 3D foam pop-dots on top of these spots. I made my pile three high but it depends how puffy you want your bow to look – the foam dots stop the bow going flat when the card is mailed or if it’s squashed in an album. Also put a flat glue dot at the two ends of the bow:
Step 7: Fold the ends back into the middle and stick them down. When you turn it over you’ve already got a nice looking bow:
Step 8: Fold the next-size-down rectangle around the middle of the bow, adhering with flat glue dots:
Step 9: Cut notches into the ends of the smaller rectangles, and adhere them to the back of the bow, also using flat glue dots:
Stick it onto a festive project! You can also decorate the middle of the bow with glitter, gems, etc – I used a Waco White Pearl Pen to make dots on this one:
I love it because I don’t always have the right colour, length, or pattern of ribbon, but I always have a ton of patterned paper scraps that I can use for this!
NB: Other supplies used on this card are more Glitz Designs Hello December 6×6 Pad Papers, Whatnots, Title & Accents Sticker Sheet, and Giant Rhinestones. Also Glitz Yours Truly Washi Tape, American Crafts Gold Glitter Ribbon, a kraft 6×6″ card blank, red gems, a gold ink pad to ink edges.
Have you ever made a paper bow?
Add a bow to the bottom of a wreath or circle
Use 3D foam pop-dots to stop something getting flat in the mail or in an album
Use yellow and gold next to each other
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