I’ve finished my holiday shopping for the year and now it’s time for me to start wrapping everything. Since I’m always looking for new ways to fit even more pretty paper into each gift I decided to adore each present this year with one of these cute little paper bows. Truthfully each package will probably have more than one because once I started making them, I had a hard time stopping.
If you want to make some bows for your own gifts it couldn’t be easier. Make the whole bow in one pattern or combine two different papers like I did. Below is a link to the PDF template for you to download.
Step 1 – Trace the bow template onto your paper and cut out all of the pieces
Step 2 – Add a small drop of glue to the center of the bow piece
Step 3 – Bring the two sides to the center to create the bow loops
Step 4 – Add another drop of glue to the center of the bottom tail piece
Step 5 – Glue the bow loops to the bottom ribbon
Step 6 – Wrap the center band around your bow and glue together in the back
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I love making papers flowers so of course to jazz up the office, I decided to make a few giant poinsettia. If you want to make a jumbo paper poinsettia of your own, here’s how.
You can draw your own template for the petals or download ours (below)
Trace the petals onto the back of your paper. You will need 5 large, 5 medium, and 7 small.
To get the slightly rumpled look of real poinsettia petals, fold each cut out in half lengthwise. Then pinch the two sides together to create creases down the fold.
Because the petals are somewhat skinny, you’ll need to add a little support to the back of the poinsettia. Cut out a circle of your paper – the size isn’t really important. As you can see I simply traced a plate I had on hand.
Now cut a line down to the center of your circle and glue the two flaps over top of each other to create a funnel.
Time to start gluing the petals. Layer each petal inside your funnel starting with the largest.
Keep going until you have all the petals glued down.
To make the center of the poinsettia, cut stripes of yellow paper (I used Unryu) and fold it up into a tiny ball. Then glue into the center of your flower.
The poinsettia leaves are simply a larger version of the petals. Two to three leaves look best, but cut out as many as you like to glue to the back.
You’re all done!
Don’t forget that poinsettia come in more than just red. I made a white version with our Pebble Embossed – Ivory
I love how both versions came out and they look wonderful hanging off our ladder racks in the showroom.
Here’s a few of my favorite papers for each version
And some great options for your leaves
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The walls have been covered in our Black Gold & Silver Pirouette Marble. The paper ends up looking like large slabs of agate or stone on the walls. Such an incredible way to get a luxurious look without spending thousands.
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