Nifty & Swifty - Scrap Paper Gift Bow

Create some “Wow” right now with a quick and easy project that can be crafted in 20 minutes or less!

I'm sure it's happened to you before. You are wrapping a gift and realize that despite your best effort, you don't have a bow to top off the package. Don't panic. It's quick and easy to make your own bow with supplies you have on hand. If you feel matchy matchy, use a scrap of wrapping paper. If you are feeling a little more adventurous try some newspaper, a magazine page, a map, or a page from an old book.


  • scrap of paper
  • paper cutter
  • double stick tape


I used a piece of leftover scrap booking paper for my bow, but you can use whatever you have available.

Cut your paper into 3/4 inch wide strips. Three strips should be 8 1/2 inches long, three strips 8 inches long and one strip  3 1/2 inches long.

Start with the longest three strips. Turn them face down and make an asterisk shape. Tape the strips at the center with double stick tape.

Place a piece of tape at the center. Fold in and turn one of the paper lengths as shown and tape press it to the tape at the center.

Here's a closer look.

Repeat this process with each length of paper. You just made the bottom layer of your bow.

Make the second layer of the bow with the 8 inch strips.

Stick the second layer into the first layer and adhere with double stick tape.

Form a loop with the last strip of paper overlapping the ends and tape it together.

Tape the loop in the center of your bow.

Attach your bow to a package with some double stick tape and give it to someone special.



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The Chilly Dog: Nifty & Swifty - Scrap Paper Gift Bow
Nifty & Swifty - Scrap Paper Gift Bow
How to make a cute gift bow from scrap book paper, upcycled magazines, newspaper, comic books, maps and more.
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