DIY: Handmade Recycled Gift Bows

Handmade gift bow

By Madeline Breen

What is black and white and given during the holidays? A newspaper-wrapped present, of course!

Chances are you’ve skipped the holiday wrapping paper before and gifted a present wrapped in newspaper. It’s a convenient, inexpensive and [here’s the best part] eco-friendly way to wrap gifts.

This year we’re upping the ante by topping our newspaper wrapped gifts with handmade recycled gift bows. This DIY activity is perfect for all skill levels.

Materials: Old calendar or magazine (we recommend your 2012 Nature Conservancy calendar!), scissors, and glue


Handmade Gift Bows - materials

1) Using your scissors, carefully slice out a page from your calendar or magazine and cut the page into nine ½-inch strips.

DIY gift bows

2) Trim off the top of each strip so that you have 4 different sizes: 3 strips at 8.5 inches, 3 strips at 7.5 inches, 2 strips at 6.5 inches, and 1 strip at 5.5 inches. Recycle the leftover scraps of paper.

Recycled gift bows

3) Starting with the longest strip of paper, twist one end as shown and secure into place with the glue stick. Repeat on the other side so both end have been twisted and glued into place.

Handmade gift bows

4) Continue this process until 8 strips have been twisted and glued. Curl the smallest strip into a circle and secure with glue.

Handmade gift bows

5) Now you’ll assemble the bow: starting with the 3 largest strips, criss-cross into place and secure with glue. Continue layering with the 3 medium strips and then the 3 small strips. The circle will go in the middle of the bow.

DIY: Handmade Recycled Gift Bow