Fun with bows you can make yourself

I absolutely love gift wrapping and all the fun accesories that go along with it. To me, the presentation of a gift should show as much love for the person as the gift itself. It’s an opportunity for a message – a moment to say “HEY YOU, you’re special to me” before the gift is even opened.

I’ve always loved the task of wrapping presents. So I am especially thrilled with this last in the series of blog hop posts for Eileen Hull‘s Sizzix Scoreboard dies. It’s a make-it-yourself bow aka “create-a-bow” – love it! Rather than get creative and try to make something new out of the bow shapes, I decided to keep this one simple and just enjoy the love of the gift bow.

The die itself cuts 3 different paper strip sizes and a couple button shapes but the possibilities for bow making is not limited to a single bow type. There’s a number of ways to bend the paper strips or alternate sizes to create a variety of bow styles. I’m especially excited about the idea of being able to make my own bows to coordinate however I like. I can make my own patterns or use favorite papers, even fabric. Mix and match colors instead of sticking with the standards at the store.

This is definitely my favorite Sizzix project, how can we not be happy making gift bows? Bows often remind me of flowers and today I was thinking a big ball of bows would make a fantastic hydrangea, or the three piece bow could be a pansie, thus the color selection for today’s project.

Here are a few of the bows I came up with, the center middle is my own pattern design as well.

Make your own gift bow with Sizzix

And hereĀ  are two cute little center piece or party decor ideas, both using small votive candle holders.

Cute center piece decor with Sizzix bow die by Eileen Hull

I chose to use pipecleaners and real buttons to put together my bows. You can use a variety of items to assemble these, including a standard brad or the paper button shape that comes within the die.

Here’s an example of how to make a standard bow:

  1. cut a small piece of pipecleaner, fold it in half and run through the holes in the button.
  2. use one paper strip and loop it so the corners overlap eachother, same side facing up.
  3. Push the pipecleaner through the holes in the paperstrip until the button is flush with the paper.
  4. repeat with additional paper strips until the bow is the size and look you want.

How to make a bow with Eileen Hull's Sizzix bow die

If you’d like to get a hold of the create-a-bow, visit the Sizzix shop online.

Check out more great make-your-own bow project ideas from the following websites:

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Bonnie Bruns

Candice Windham

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Debra Quartermain

Eileen Hull

Einat Kessler

Life in the Craft Lane

LollyChops

Michelle Cummings

Modern Surrealist Marisa Pawelko says CHEERS to the Sizzix Blog Hop!

Roxi Phillips

Sparkle’s Bow Bracelet

Veronica Goff

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