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Wed Special Events- Christmas Bows

Hi friends!  Sandy here for ScrapBook Blessings Club to share with you Wednesday's Special Events project. We will be getting ready for Christmas! I wanted to share with you the step I use to make a DYI Package Bow.

First, I have my tip of the day for you... Start Christmas Early! We are 155 days from Christmas and before you know it, it is here and we are running around with a million things to do!

Onto today's project...
DYI GIFT BOWS
by Sandy Hentzel

ITEMS NEEDED:

  • 8.5x11 copier paper 
  • paper trimmer
  • adhesive
  • stamp set
  • stamp block
  • color inks
INSTRUCTIONS: 

 1. Using the stamps, block and ink, randomly stamp the image all over the paper
covering entire area to make your pattern paper background.

2. Cut your paper in strips using the paper trimmer as follows:

  • 3 strips- 10 1/2 x 3/4"
  • 3 strips- 9 1/2 x 3/4"
  • 2 strips- 8 1/2 x 3/4"
  • 1 strip- 3 1/2 x 3/4"

3. Loop one strip into a figure 8 and using adhesive, glue ends together 
in the middle.

Do this for all strips except for the 3 1/2" one. You will make a loop with that piece.



4. Starting with the largest strips, start forming the base of the bow, gluing
each piece down on top of the other.

5. Then going to the next largest (9 1/2) and then the smaller 2 strips (8 1/2), 
keep stacking the strips in top of each other until you form the bow, ending with the
3 1/2 loop in the very center.

6. OPTIONAL: To finish off the bow, punch out an 1 1/2" circle and stamp 
a cute image or sentiment. Adhere to the top loop.

And here is the completed bow. With practice you can make this bow in less
that 5 min. 


Misc. tips:
  • Using copier paper makes it easier to form figure 8 loops, so you want to use a light weight paper.
  • You can use magazine, newspapers and gift wrap to make your bows.
  • Instead of adhesive you can use a stapler to fasten loops together. Score tape is another favorite of mine, especially if the paper is heavier.

Hope this tutorial inspires you creative bow making skills!  This is tutorial will be in the Mar's Finest Paper and Stamp Christmas blog hop. You get a sneak preview.  You can find the stamp set I used for this project at Mark's Finest Paper and Stamps.

I hope your enjoyed today's project. If you have a question, please leave it in the comments, and a DT member will get back to you.  You can visit me to see more card/project ideas at A Working Mom's Joy. Also, you can join up to our Facebook group: Scrapbook Blessings Club for more fun, games, inspiration, tips and techniques.
Our monthly Facebook challenge is Christmas in July. We would love to see what you are doing!

And as always, comments are appreciated. Thank you for stopping by and Have a blessed day!
~ SANDY
 SBC Team Designer

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