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:

Ann Butler

Bonnie Bruns

Candice Windham

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world

Debra Quartermain

Eileen Hull

Einat Kessler

Life in the Craft Lane


Michelle Cummings

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

Roxi Phillips

Sparkle’s Bow Bracelet

Veronica Goff

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Eileen Hull May 26, 2010 at 9:55 am

Jen, how cute are these? It is like a puzzle to see what else can be done with them. Thanks for all of your great projects throughout the hop! So glad you were along…


Bibbi Nyheim May 26, 2010 at 10:25 am

Love your bows! Very versatile die and you’ve made so many diffrent bows….


Candice Windham May 26, 2010 at 10:43 am

Jen, these are so pretty! I love the variations.


BJ May 26, 2010 at 10:44 am

love the purple bow….they’re sweet!


Teresa Godines #6857 May 26, 2010 at 11:34 am

How cute. Love the buttons


Peg May 26, 2010 at 12:31 pm

What a great idea! Thanks for showing us a variety of them.


Debra Quartermain May 26, 2010 at 1:03 pm

These are so sweet. I love your colors and ideas for them!


Eileen May 26, 2010 at 1:03 pm

So many variations!! Thank you for the details on how to assemble. Lovely bows.


LollyChops May 26, 2010 at 2:42 pm

I love all of the ideas with your bows!


NWFlamingo May 26, 2010 at 2:45 pm

Perfect for the “bow challenged”. It looks doable by all!


Ann Butler May 26, 2010 at 9:52 pm

Jen love all the bows…


Einat Kessler May 27, 2010 at 12:31 am

this is just too cute. i love them.


Trisha Lyn Fawver May 27, 2010 at 4:03 am

OMG you’re ridiculously crafty!!

Why don’t you live closer to me so I can outsource my gift wrapping to you? lol


Michelle Cummings May 29, 2010 at 5:49 pm

they all would look so pretty on any package!


Michelle Cummings May 29, 2010 at 5:49 pm

they all would look so pretty on any package!


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