Monday, January 16, 2012

How To Make a Loopy Paper Flower / Bow / Gift Finish-er Off-er Thing

You know how sometimes you make something and it turns out to be SO EASY that a monster is created because you can't stop, which is perfectly okay because not only is that thing easy, but also SUPER FAST and FREE?

Yeah, me neither.


For anybody who has ever wanted something other than a ribbon (although you certainly could use ribbon) to pretty up a package, this one is dedicated to you. Grab some double sided paper, scissors, a stapler and a glue gun.


That's your first layer. And you can stop there. Or keep going. Since this paper had two sides, I used the back facing out this time*

*each layer needs to have slightly shorter strips. Instead of 11", these are 9" long.


A little circle and a button hot glued to the middle and done.


Book pages have two sides. So does newspaper.


You can make that spiky inside by snipping a strip of paper. Roll it up, foof it, and glue it down.



Kids construction paper works too. If you make a circle loop at the top, it transforms into something more bow-ish.



Of course, you can use regular ol' scrapbook paper and glue pieces back to back. Or leave it as is. If there's any complaining about the white showing inside the loops, TAKE THE GIFT BACK. And get some new friends.

Dr Pepper middle from a can in the recycle bin. Also note: only one layer. Perfectly okay, folks.

Mr. Owl from back here got put in an ultra fancy box that a blanket came in.



When I say "ultra fancy" I mean that it was the right size. But it was SO PLAIN and since Miss Courtney, the birthday girl, is anything but PLAIN, I used the same bow technique, tweaked a bit for bigger loops. Instead of both ends to the middle, the strips got bent in half, then glued to a circle.



Next layer in pink.


And then a layer of green, followed by a brown circle and cut out "C" from scrapbook paper,


all glued in this. At least, the LID from this.


Seriously, people. Use what you have.


27 comments:

  1. Super cute & so easy peasy! Now that's what I like. You could make this totally gigantic & make a giant bow for your front door!!!
    Thanks for the kicks & giggles this morning! "take the gift back....." :)

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  2. Loooove. Yeah, I might have Pinned a few (all) things on this page. Now if only I had a gift giving occasion coming up...

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  3. I'm thinking you don't throw anything away! I love the primary color one, actually I love them all!

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  4. I love this! I'm thinking maybe I could make one out of felt - to decorate a winter hat

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    1. Or maybe ribbon (not so bulky as felt)- or something else that didn't need sewing.

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  5. I think I can actually do this! I'm even sort of excited for the next gift-giving occasion to roll around just so I can try it.

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  6. So cute & something I can finally do :)

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  7. You are so darn creative and frugal - in an awesome way! I just had to comment as I think your ideas are so practical and so many have the "aha" forehead slapping moments for me. You are fabulous.

    Thanks!

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  8. Well Girl. I'm pinning your crap again. I'll have you know, though, that I used this same technique with fabric ribbons for some of the ladies' corsages at the wedding. I thinking the dr. peppah touch would've gone over great. Should've thought of it. Much better than the blingy little rhinestones we used. :)

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  9. Super cute and super easy, very creative indeed. Love to see what else I can do with all of the stuff in my house now, being imaginative is never a bad thing -recycle. :)
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  10. LOVE it! Thanks for sharing and for the awesome tutorial! I have a question (if you take the time to read all your comments - I know you get a LOT!) I found an adorable little brown paper bag with a little leaf tag that you did on pinterest, and it linked me back here but I couldn't find it anywhere on your blog. Now I got all the items to make it and I can' seem to find it anywhere on pinterest now either (I can't find where I pinned it to!). :( It was SO cute! Do you still have a pic of it? I still have it in my head but thought it would be easier to recreate if I could see a pic. Anyway, thanks for all your great ideas. I LOVE your blog and think you are amazing. I just went out and got dollar tree red and white striped wrapping paper on clearance for next christmas to do my shelves like you did! :)

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  11. I'm always amazed at your creativity!

    Here's the recipe for the cinnamon rolls you asked for: http://www.ourbestbites.com/2010/06/everyday-cinnamon-rolls/

    Super simple, and they get devoured pretty darn quick.

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  12. Seriously - can you come wrap my presents!? I just don't take the time and always regret it!

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  13. Super cute! I'll have to remember that.

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  14. Reasons why you rock: First, you make fun and easy crafts. Second, you get that sometimes you need to choose crafts over friends who don't get it. Ans third, you know that there's no punctuation in Dr Pepper.

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  15. hey Rebecca-just saw your comment this morning...don't be silly-you were not rude at all...in fact when i told my husband i was going to stop in to see you-he said-"at her work-while she's working?" but i've always wanted to stop in since i learned there was a blogger friend in town :) it was great to meet you-and the shake was good too :)

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  16. You are one crafty gal- I could only hope to receive a gift(s) this beautifully and thoughtfully adorned. So pinning this :)

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  17. I spent my friday night making several of these. Your "use what you have" mentality is eternally inspirational. Thank you!!

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  18. I am not really a bow kinda girl... But I love em!

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  19. *GASP* OMG!!! You cut up a Harry Potter book for a bow! I just don't know how I feel about that. hehe.. but they're cute, I love your blog! :)

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    1. Years ago our puppy went through a book chewing phase (among other things....), and when I found this one half eaten in the back yard, I couldn't bring myself to throw the rest away. So now? About 150 pages of "Potter Pages" in a stash for crafting (along with 1/4 of Anne of Green Gables - couldn't trash that one either :)

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  20. Absolutely Fabulous!!!!! Your blog is wonderful!

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  21. So stink-in cute!!!! So easy. Thanks for the idea.

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  22. What a fun way to embellish a present. Love the rainbow one, I would use ribbon as I have a thing for ribbons.

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