Bows for presents made from magazine strips.

Magazine Bows

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Contributor: Sarah LaTorra

Description: Create bows to top your gifts made from magazine pages.


  • 3 Double Stick Tapes (staples or glue dots would also work)
  • Magazine Strips

Equipment: Scissors or Scrap Booking Paper Cutter

Number of People: 3-15 (can increase class size with more rolls of double sided tape)

Target Audience: All TeenI

Cost Estimate: $15.00 (I was given donated magazines to use as materials)

Program Time: 5-20 minutes (depending on if materials are pre-cut)


  1. Cut a magazine page lengthwise into 9 strips, 3/4″ wide. Leave 3 of the strips full length. Cut one inch off 3 of the strips. Cut two inches off 2 of the strips. Cut the last strip down to 3 1/2″ long. (If you’re using a magazine that’s 10 1/2″ tall, you’ll end up with: 3 strips, 10 1/2″ x 3/4″, 3 strips, 9 1/2″ x 3/4″, 2 strips, 8 1/2″ x 3/4″, 1 strip, 3 1/2″ x 3/4″). 
  2. Twist each strip to form a loop at both ends and staple it in the center. Shape the last, short strip into a circle and secure it with a glue dot. 
  3. Layer the three longest pieces on top of each other, spacing them evenly and securing each with a glue dot. Add the next two groups of pieces, doing the same. And finally, stick the loop into the center.

Source: How About Orange – Photo guide to bow creation

Labels: crafts, low cost, recycled projects

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