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Christmas in July Blog Hop

Welcome to Day 1 of the 
Get ready for some great ideas that you can start creating now for Christmas.
Along the way today, you'll find card and gift ideas, a scrapbook layout page or two 
and even a couple great decorating ideas. 

We hope this hop gets you in the holiday spirit a little early this year. 

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Now on with the hop!

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So for this blog hop, I want to show you one of my favorite tutorials. No more paying for bows when you can make them yourself!!!

by Sandy Hentzel

Featured stamp set is "Please Snow 2014" from MFP Stamp Shop

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

 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.

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Here is today's hop line-up in case you get lost along the way.

Be sure to hop tomorrow too for even more great holiday projects and ideas. 
You can start tomorrow at Theresa's blog. 

I hope your enjoyed today's project. I would love if you were a follower. Let me know so I can follow back. Thanks for stopping by,


  1. Fabulous gift bows. Thanks for an easy to follow tutorial.

  2. Cute bow and your instructions are so easy to follow.

  3. Cute idea. I never thought to make my own bows and you could coordinate them with your paper.

  4. Thank you so much for the instructions I am going to try making my own bows now!

  5. absolutely gorgeous! what a fantastic job! next time I need a special bow, I think I can do this!


  6. Great project! Love the step by step. Thanks for hopping with me.

  7. Wow! Thank you for sharing how to make a cute bow.

  8. I love making homemade bows!!! Yours is ADORABLE!!!!!

  9. What a great project idea...great instructions, too! Looking forward to trying this and saving bucks, too!

  10. Oh WOWOWOWOW look how fun this is :) Thanks for the project idea I think I'll be giving this a try this year :)

  11. Love It! I had made a few of these a long time ago. I forgot all about them. Thanks for reminding me.

  12. Beautiful! I have never tried making a bow!

  13. That is awesome! I have never tried one of these before! Can't wait to try it!

  14. I love making my own bows too
    yours is a adorable with that cute image one top TFS

  15. This is amazing! I am so doing this!

  16. 5 min. to make that?? Nah uh! Would take 5 hrs. for me. Just kiddin'! :-) Adorable bow! TFS! :-)

  17. What a great tutorial. I"m going to do this myself for sure. I love it.

  18. what a cool idea! TFS. I've been following you for a while. It’s nice participating in the Christmas in July blog hop with you!

    La-Vie B.
    Follow me at C’est La-Vie Designs Unlimited, LLC

  19. Beautiful bows! I will have to come back and try to make those! Thanks for the tutorial!

  20. Love the bows, and while I've made bows, I've never stamped the background to make one. Very cool.

  21. How clever. Love it!! I am sure that all your Christmas packages will look stunning! Thanks for hopping with me today.


  22. Love your bow. I will have to try making those. Following your blog now. :)

  23. Wow that is an awesome Christmas bow, u did a great job!

  24. I love this idea! Thanks for the great tutorial!

  25. What a great tutorial! Love your bow! Enjoyed being in the hop with you!

  26. so much fun! thanks for the tutorial!

  27. OMG, how stinkin cute is this?! I will need to try this out, thanks for the tutorial and inspiring!! Enjoyed being in this hop with you :0)

  28. Woooooooooow !!!!!!! What a blog !!!!!! I will have to try making those. Following your blog now. :)


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