How to Make a Bow Out of Wrapping Paper (3 Different Ways)

Get ready to learn how to make bows out of wrapping paper in 3 different ways. This tutorial makes it so easy to create bows for any occasion!

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You know I LOVE to make bows. They can be used in so many different ways. In fact, most of my craft projects use bows in one way or another.

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Today I’m sharing not one, not two, but three different wrapping paper bows that are so fun! You will learn how to make a fluffy bow, a bow tie bow, and a classic gift wrap bow!

Before we get to it, here are some of my other DIY bows:


One of the things you are going to love about these DIY bows is you can use any kind of wrapping paper to make them.

Think about not only the holidays but birthdays, weddings, baby showers, and more. You will definitely want to pin this post for later!

I used a gorgeous buffalo check paper, because you know I LOVE my buffalo check! If you are a fan too, here are several crafts and home decor projects I’ve made with buffalo check:

Supplies Needed for Making Bows Out of Wrapping Paper

Step-by-Step Video Tutorial

If you prefer to watch a step-by-step video tutorial, check out this one below on how to make bows out of wrapping paper!

Each paper bow tutorial is completed from start to finish in this video with slow, easy-to-follow instructions.

How to Make Paper Bows

We will start with the easiest bow first; although they’re all super easy to make from any wrapping paper scraps you have laying around in your gift wrapping stash!

Fluffy Paper Bow

Step 1. Measure your paper

Determine the size you want your bow to be. Simply unroll the paper and measure and mark where you plan to cut.

buffalo check paper

Step 2. Fold the paper

Now you want to fold the paper in half and press it down and then in half again.

buffalo check paper

Step 3. Cut the wrapping paper

Use your scissors to cut thin strips about 1/2″ wide along the “non-folded” or “open” edge.

cutting wrapping paper

You want to make sure to stop cutting about an inch or so from the edge.

cutting wrapping paper strips

Step 4. Staple the strips

Gather the folded edges of the paper strips together and staple them.

stapling bows

Step 5. Fluff the bow

Next just turn the bow over and fluff the strips. It’s super simple to finish and pretty much forms itself.

diy bow on package

The bow is finished and ready to use! Here it is on a package with a paper ribbon wrapped around it.

bow on package

Wasn’t that the easiest bow ever? Now for bow #2.

Bow Tie Paper Bow

Step 1. Cut wrapping paper

Start by cutting a section of wrapping paper to the size that you want your bow. I used about 24″ long x 2″ wide. Fold this strip in half.

trimming wrapping paper

Step 2. Trim corners

Using the folded end, cut in and out into the shape of a fish. It should resemble a fish body like this.

fish shape for paper bowtie

Also, cut the ends with a dovetail cut. Open the wrapping paper and cut the dovetail ribbon ends where it meets the oval shape.

cutting edges of wrapping paper

Once you’ve cut both sides and opened it up to lay it flat, it should look like the example below.

paper for bows

Step 3. Fold the bow

Now you want to fold the bow towards the center to create your classic-style bow.

diy bow with paper

Step 4. Staple the pieces

Take the dovetail cut ribbon pieces and place them behind the bow. Staple all of the pieces together.

making a bow

Step 5. Attach center

Snip a small piece of wrapping paper and fold it over the center of the bow. Add it to the bow with a piece of scotch tape.

adding tape to bows

Voila! You have an instant bow to use on gifts, wreaths, crafts, and more!

wrapping paper bow

I’m trying not to pick favorites, but I do LOVE how this one looks on a package!

wrapping paper bow on package

It has a crisp and clean look, especially against the neutral gift wrap.

wrapping paper bow

Classic Gift Wrap Bow

This is the paper version of a classic or traditional bow for gift packages. They often come in large quantities; however, they always seem super squashed and cheap.

I’m loving the idea of making my own personalized version of these classic gift bows to make the recipient feel like they’re gift is extra special!

Not to mention, if you run out of bought bows, these are great to make in a pinch!

Step 1. Cut strips

Cut 6 strips of paper “ribbon” about an inch or so wide. 3 strips need to be cut about 2 inches shorter than the first 3.

cutting paper

I went with 3 12″ strips and 3 10″ strips altogether.

cutting strips of paper

Step 3. Fold strips

Fold the corners of the end of each strip into a point and staple them in the center.

folded paper for bow

You will have 6 folded ribbon pieces with points on each end.

folded ends of a paper bow

Step 4. Layer the strips

Layer all the folded ribbon strips and staple them together. Place the larger pieces on the bottom and finish off with the 3 shorter strips.

stapling bow

Step 5. Add the Center Loop

Take a small piece of wrapping paper and take a piece of paper into a loop and tape it to the center opening of your bow.

small piece of paper for bow

Fluff your bow and admire your handiwork! Look how pretty:

finished bow

Here is how the classic gift wrap bow looks on a gift package. Just like a store-bought bow but better in my opinion. What do you think?

final classic bow

There you have it! 3 super easy and inexpensive wrapping paper bows just in time for the busy holiday season.

You’re officially equipped for any last-minute occasion! You can whip out one of these three fabulous easy paper bows and dazzle your friends!

wrapping paper bows

Let me know in the comments which one is your favorite.

for even more quick and easy crafts, look at THESE IDEAS!

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