Paper Bow Tutorial

I have just returned from the Midwest Scrapbook Expo in Indianapolis.  We had a very busy two days and enjoyed meeting lots of new people.  I had so many requests for the directions to the paper bow and wanted to post the directions ASAP.   The original idea was from a presentation at convention by fellow Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, Deb Valder.  This is a great project for using up all your scrapbooking scraps!


STEP 1:  Cut your strips of paper.  For this bow, I used 8 strips of 1" x 7", 8 strips of 1" x 6", and 1 strip of 1" x 4".

Step 2:  Fold and adhere all of the 1" x 7" and 1" x 6" strips according to photo below.  You’ll need to overlap them at an angle.


Step 3:  Attach 4 loops together to make a layer of the bow.  I used staples in my example.


Step 4:  Stack the layers together using pop-up glue dots between each layer.

Step 5:  Make a loop from the 1" x 4" strip and adhere to the center of the bow with a glue dot.


Enjoy your adventures in bow-making!


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  1. Beth Ullman | 10th Sep 07

    Melissa that is just to cool and what a pretty bow am going to have to try this today.
    Thanks for the tutorial on making them.

  2. Paula | 10th Sep 07

    Great Idea!

  3. corie | 10th Sep 07

    This is just so beautiful — thanks so much for sharing!!

  4. Melissa | 12th Sep 07

    Amazing. I’ll have to try that asap. Thanks for the wonderful tutorial, :0) Mel

  5. Melissa | 12th Sep 07

    Amazing. I’ll have to try that asap. Thanks for the wonderful tutorial, :0) Mel

  6. Martha | 19th Sep 07

    Thank you for this tutorial. I made one with Creepy Crawler Paper and it turned out great. Thank you for the inspiration!

  7. Tammy | 19th Sep 07

    Thank you! I love it!

  8. Nancy Riley | 20th Sep 07

    These bows are GREAT!!! You’ve done an excellent job creating a tutorial for them! Can’t wait to try it myself!

  9. Del Logan | 22nd Sep 07

    What a great idea, I look forward to trying your tutorial, tks for posting

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