Here's How to Turn Your Coloring Pages Into One-of-a-Kind Gift Bows
Spruce up your holiday packages this year with DIY bows made from coloring pages!
By Kate Morin
It’s crunch time! Christmas and New Years are just around the corner, and if you’re anything like us the wrapping paper is running really low. Instead of heading out to search for some fun new patterns, get crafty and put those gorgeous holiday-themed coloring pages for use! These festive homemade gift bows will dress up any package — especially those wrapped in recycled brown paper grocery bags. All you need are some coloring pages, cutting utensils, and some double-sided tape. We promise — anyone can make these beautiful bows with ease:
What you’ll need:
Coloring pages (about 2-3 per bow—we recommend making color copies of your favorite colorful designs!)
Something to cut with: A paper trimmer; ruler and scissors; or an X-Acto knife, ruler, and cutting mat
Glue Dots or permanent double-stick tape
What to do:
1. Start by cutting your coloring pages into strips. For each bow, you’ll want about 13 8.5-inch by 3/4-inch strips. If you’re using one of our downloadable adult coloring pages, trim off the white space on each long side first (it’s OK to leave the white spaces on the top and bottom of the page — those will be hidden.
2. Now fold the strips in half.
3. Here’s where the magic starts to happen: You're going to fold each strip into a figure-eight. Start by adding a glue dot or small piece of double-sided tape to the center of the strip (where the fold is) on the blank side of the page.
4. Holding the strip vertically in front of you (blank side of the page facing you), take the top edge and twist it around to the right, and press to seal it with the glue dot. Flip around the paper and do the same to the other side. Now it should look like a figure-eight. Note: You can control the length of the figure-eights and how tight the loops are by adjusting the placement of the edges as you fold them around. Play around with it to figure out what you like the looks of best!
5. Now it’s time to assemble the bow. Start by placing one figure-eight on your work surface. Add a glue dot to the bottom of a second figure-eight, and place it on top of the first. Now add a third figure-eight. This will form the bottom layer of your bow.
6. Keep adding layers of figure-eights, rotating them slightly as you go to fill the space until the bow is mostly full.
7. Finally, when you can’t add another layer of figure-eights, it’s time to add your center. Take your final figure-eight and fold one of the pointy ends into the bottom of the other. Now put some adhesive (either a Glue Dot or piece of tape) on the bottom of your folded piece and gently nestle it in the center of the bow, pressing to adhere.