When I give gifts I love to present them not in a paper gift bag, but in useful packaging – something that the recipient can re-use themselves rather than a bag to simply throw in the trash…

And rather than use a roll of gift wrap, I decided to show you how you can use papercrafting supplies  in your gift wrapping.  The cute green tin pail below houses my gift which is wrapped in a sheet of Designer Series Paper from the Cottage Wall pack…and the bow on the top?  Yup…also made of beautiful papers found in that package…read on for details and a tutorial…giftbucketbow

I simply wrapped my gift in one sheet of DSP and placed it into my pail along with some tissue paper for padding.  I then cut two lengths of  ribbon from my spool of 5/8″ Rich Razzleberry Polka Dot Grosgrain and wrapped each around the pail from side to side to create the X effect.

To make the Gift Bow – all you need is your Paper Trimmer, one sheet of co-ordinating Designer Series Paper, a Stapler and some Mini Glue Dots or Sticky Strip…you simply cut your paper as follows – cut 9 strips each 3/4″ wide – cut 3 strips to be 11″ long, 3 strips to be  10″ long, 2 strips to be 9″ long and one strip to be 3  1/2 ” long.

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Then take each strip and make a loop in each end and secure in the center using a staple – do this for all of the strips except for the smallest:

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To assemble your bow, take the longest strips and layer them on top of one another, securing each with a Mini Glue Dot or piece of  Sticky Strip.  Continue until you have layered them all and then take your small strip and make it into a round loop and adhere it into the center of the bow – and there you have a very cute handmade bow to add to your gift…

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By using different papers you can fully customise your bows for birthdays, weddings, baby showers…the possibilities are endless!  You can find the packs of Designer Series Papers on pgs 160-163 of the main Catalog and also on pgs 13, 25 and 33 of the Occasions Mini Catalog – you will find the links to both of these online catalogs in the sidebar.

I have put together a printable Tutorial with further photographs and information which you can find by clicking HERE – if you have any questions please let me know and I will be very happy to help.

Paper Gift Bows…
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  • February 1, 2010 at 10:15 pm
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    Awesome bow and beautiful gift presentation. tfs.

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