It’s creative garland time today! This is a craft you can do in an afternoon, and it’s basically impossible to mess up! By the end of your Christmas movie and hot cocoa, you’ll have a beautiful paper bow garland. I love this garland because it has so many uses. You can hang it around a doorway, wrap it around your tree, or use the bows to bedazzle your gift wrapping! And you can make this garland in a ton of different sizes just by enlarging or shrinking the bow pattern.
Get ready to deck the halls and put a bow on everything!
- Scrapbooking paper. You can use any size, but I used 12×12″ paper. Each piece yielded three bows. Patterned and solid papers look equally amazing.
- Our Bow Pattern. You’ll need to print it out.
- Hot Glue Gun. This is the fastest and easiest way of making sure everything sticks.
- Ribbon. If you’re going to make a garland, you’ll need a ribbon that’s at least 1/2″ thick and in the length you want it.
- A pencil for tracing the pattern.
- A pair of scissors for cutting out your bows.
Now, let’s get to it!
Print out our bow pattern (the link to download the pattern is under Supplies). Trace as many as you’d like on your paper.
Cut out all of your bows. Y’all, isn’t this just the easiest? It’s that kind of DIY project that makes you feel so accomplished too!
Now it’s time to glue! First, start with the actual bow part. Laying the bow down so that the pretty paper side is against the table and you’re looking at the white or back side, draw the edges to the middle. You should be seeing the beginnings of your pretty bow. Glue those edges to the middle with a small dab of hot glue. Watch your fingers!
Next, you’ll want to put another small dab of hot glue on the center of your bow. I did mine on the side that already had some glue, but you can choose whichever side you like! Glue your bow tails face down to one side (like the image below). You’ll want your bow tails in the back, so your garland has some dimensionality.
Finally, on the bow side opposite of your bow tails, glue the small circle. This gives the impression of a knot and makes it look perfect!
All you have left to do is to hot glue your bows to your ribbon. I spread my ribbon out and estimated how far apart I wanted my bows to be. Then I made sure there were no twists in the ribbon and hot glued those babies down!
Now you have a gorgeous Paper Bow Garland to adorn your house! I love how festive it looks while still being fresh and new. These would look adorable in red and green to decorate a child or babies’ room for the holidays. I won’t lie though- they’re all over our house and we don’t have any kiddos yet! They’re so jolly and perk everything up!