Spikey Gift Bow Tutorial

spikey bow

Christmas time is looming… so how about some gift wrapping ideas?  I do love trying to make each present look special by adding little personal touches.  Whether it’s a handmade gift bow, tag or an ornament attached to the gift, it’s that little bit extra that makes someone feel like you’ve really taken the time to make it special for them.

This project can be made with any light weight paper such as thin magazine pages, left over wrapping paper or like I’ve done, left over book pages.  I’ve been getting a lot of use out of these book pages!  They originally came from the hollowed book I shared with you, then the podged shoes and now this!

To make this fun spikey bow, you will need some lightweight paper, a glue stick, pencil, scissors, something round like a small bowl.  Our cat’s bowl happened to be just the right size lol.

Trace the bowl (mine was about 5 inches in diameter), onto your paper, six times.  Cut out all six circles.

Next, take one of the circles and fold it in half, then in half again, and in half one more time.  Unfold the circle so you can see all the fold lines.  Repeat this with the remaining cut out circles.

Take one of the circles and cut 3/4 of the way to the centre along each fold.  Repeat this for the remaining circles.

Take one of the circles and roll one of the ‘petals’ round the tip of the pencil and glue it into place to form a cone.  Repeat for all petals, on all pieces.

Moment of truth!  Start stacking and gluing all the layers together, offsetting each layer so the cones aren’t right on top of each other.

I pushed down on the centre of the bow with the end of my pencil as I added the last layer.  You might find it easiest to add the last layer to the bottom of the bow, rather then trying to squeeze it into the opening at the top.

Purrrdy!  It probably wont lay flat until you attach it to a gift.  I reminds me of a sea urchin lol.

Would you believe, that entire gift is wrapped with recycled packing paper, re-used leftover book pages and elastic bands as ribbons?  Who knew?!
If you like this bow, then check out my tutorial for the felt gift bow as well.

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  1. says

    I am also pinning this right away. I love new bow ideas. These would be beautiful covering an entire tree! Thank you for sharing. I just hope I can round up some unsuspecting elves to help cut out all these circles!

    Distressed Donna Down Home

  2. says

    I didn’t know you could MAKE these….
    I’m just in awe at how gorgeous it turned out. You are one talented individual!
    I am pinning and making this….!
    Thanks so much for showing us how…

  3. Pamela says

    Lovely! I’ve got book pages waiting to become something fantastic, and now some will become a bow! Thank you for sharing.

  4. Rhonda says

    This is fantastic – thanks so much for sharing! I can’t wait to try this on my christmas gifts this year!

    Visiting from Tuesday’s Treasures… Rhonda @ home.made.

  5. Claiming Our Space says

    This is fab! I am hollowing out a book now and was wondering what to do with the pages. Now I know. Thanks for sharing on Tout It Tuesday! Hope to see you next week.

  6. Christine says

    Totally the cutest bow… EVER!!!! Feel free to send me a gift ANYTIME! (The box can be empty… I want the bow!)

    Thanks so much for sharing this at TheDIYDreamer.com – From Dream To Reality!

  7. Stephanie Michaels says

    Just wanted to let you know I featured your link again this week, you just keep linking such good stuff! THANK YOU! Love the bow.


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