How to Reuse Paper to make a Gift Bow.

paper bow sitting on a brown box with an orange top

Everyone loves to get gifts, but I say it’s even better to give them.  I have some family and friend birthdays coming up so I have been not only thinking about what the heck to make/buy for each of them, but how to wrap it in a creative reuse way.  Here’s one eco-conscious gift idea, make your own gift bow!  Super easy and kind of cool looking, if I do say so myself.

a piece of dictionary paper sits on a wooden background

1.  Cut a piece of paper into strips.

piece of paper cut into strips on a wooden table

2.  Put the strips end to end and pinch in the center to make an 8.  Staple it in the center.  Do the same thing with 3 other strips.

strip of paper shaped into an 8 and stapled

3.  Assemble the stapled strip pieces into a “T”, then place and “X” with the other two strips and staple them all in the center.

two pieces of paper shaped as a T

paper strips shaped into a gift bow on a wooden table

4.  Take one last strip and cut it in half.

piece of paper cut into a 1 inch by 5 inch piece on a wooden table

5.  Bring the half strip end to end, place on the center of the bow and staple.

paper turned into a gift bow on a wooden table

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