Make: Newspaper Bows

by Cat on February 9, 2011

A former intern created these quick and easy newspaper bows to put on gift wrap.  Do any of you have any quick go-to’s for finishing off gifts?



1. cut strips of newspaper the length of the paper
the longer the more loopy!
cut thin or thick strips depending on your project preferences
the edge of the paper is usually text/image free and make nice strips in contrast to the ones with ink
tissue paper can be a fun substitute
using serrated scissors can make for great detail but not necessary
2. folding the bow
between your thumb and first finger place the strip of paper with the long end facing down
take the long end and fold it behind creating a loop that points down
the size of the loop should be as small or as big as your desired bow
scrunch the paper strip behind the top of the bow
repeat for the top loop
repeat these steps until you run out of paper or your bow is an appropriate size
3. finishing the bow
cut a strip of yarn twice the length of the bow
tie yarn around the base of the bow
the ends of the tie will be used to tie to the package itself

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Katie February 9, 2011 at 8:30 am

I love using newspaper (particularly the funnies or papers in other languages), painter’s paper (the thin greenish-gray paper house painters use for masking), and old pages from falling apart books or sheet music to wrap the box, and then using really colorful strips of leftover wrapping paper or ribbon to create bows similar to your newspaper bows. Sometimes I glue gun a big button or a cheap piece of costume jewelry (like a brooch or cameo) to the center of the loop bow. Crumpling the paper first, so that it’s super wrinkled, is an interesting look for the wrapping too.


Cat February 10, 2011 at 10:22 am

Painter’s paper is such a great idea!


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