Hello and welcome to my blog; today I am going to share with you my Facebook Live Mini class from last night where I taught everyone how to make Paper Bows from your Designer Series Paper.  Yes I said Paper Bows!  Paper Bows are a way to dress up your packaging with your own flare and creativity.  Here’s a look at one of the bows that I made.

Paper bows can be a super cute thing to create for your gift giving needs.  You can spend a lot of money on bows at the Holidays or for just gift giving in general.  Plus when you buy them you have to store them.  Which means more than likely they are going to be crushed.  Sad face.  Come on I know you have went to your gift wrapping stash for a bow only to pull it out and it was as flat as a pancake.  I have!  Well by making your own you do two things: One you don’t have to deal with the dreaded crushed beyond repair bow, and two you can use up some of that designer series paper you are hording.  By making your own bows think about all the endless possibilities you have.  No more wondering around the gift wrapping aisle in the store, no more dragging your kids through the store with them begging for every little thing, and best of all no more oh it will do situations.  

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So you may be wondering how and the world can I do that.  Well, it’s actually really easy.  A lot easier then you would think it would be.  It was to me once I figured it out.  I look around for awhile trying to find the instructions and I did find some but they were all in international measurements.  Well, since I am in the United States and don’t know a lot about centimeters I had to figure out measurements for me.  I will share those with you in just a little bit.  
One of the best things about making your own bows is you get to customize it to your needs.  Here you can see two bows I made.  One is smaller using 6 x 6 designer series paper and the other is using 12 x 12 paper.  But you can see that depending on what your needs are you can make it to coordinate with your gifts.  Or you can even customize it your a color combination you want to use.  
So to make a paper bow, and this is one of the hardest things you will have to do, is to pick what designer series paper you want to use.  Okay, there I’ve said it!   This is the must complicated part about the whole process.  And, I will tell you that the first time you make one it may not turn out the way you want so pick something to practice with you don’t love.  But, after you do it a couple times they get  better and you end up getting faster at making them.  
Step 1.  You will need to cut some strips of designer series paper.  For my example here I am using 12 x 12 Designer Series Paper.  You will need 4 strips that are 1″ x 12″, 4 strips that are 1″ x 11″ and two strips that are 1″ x 10″ and one that’s 1″ x 7″ or so.  The first thing you do after cutting them all out is to fold them in half.  Next you are going to use Multipurpose Liquid Glue add a little around the center fold line.  But, before we get there let me mention that whichever side you want facing out in the end result needs to be facing down.  After you have your glue in place your going to turn the paper to make a loop. You will see what I mean in the video tutorial at the end.  Then your going to do the same thing on the other side.  You will do this to all the pieces except the smallest one.  
Step 2.  You will end up with them looking like this.  You want the paper to look like little figure eights.  Make sure you let the glue dry completely.  You want to use a strong liquid glue because you will have to move them around into position.  Snail doesn’t hold up as well to the way you have to move them paper around.  
Step 3.  Take the small piece and make a simple loop.  You can see I used locking tweezers to hold it in place while it dries.  
Step 4.  You are going to simple start gluing all the figure eights together.  Starting with the largest ones first placing them at an angle on top of each other and adding glue to the center of the one below the one you want to attach on top.  Then you’re going to move to the medium size loops and repeat the process until you’re ready for the small little loop.  The small loop will take some moving around and holding to secure inside.  By the time you get there the bow is very tight and take s a little moving to get it into position.  
And that is really all it is.  I do recommend that you have something near by to wipe your fingers on every so often because you are going to get sticky.  

Video Tutorial: 

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Thanks for dropping by today, I hope that you have enjoyed my little project.  I also hope that you will give this a try.  The Christmastime is Here Suite of products will be available starting November 1, 2019 unless you are a demonstrator.  So if you have been thinking about joining my team and you love to get your hands on new products early now’s the time to sign up.  Also remember that if you use 6 x 6 designer series paper you have to double the strips you need.  
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Rick Adkins 
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