Skip the traditional ribbons this year and make these adorable paper bows instead. They're so easy, you can customize each bow in any size, pattern, and texture for the perfect gift toppers!

By Emily VanSchmus
Updated August 27, 2019

These pretty handmade bows are so picture-perfect, you won't believe how easy they are to create. We'll show you how to make a bow out of paper in two sizes - just use our free pattern! This year, you'll have the prettiest presents under the tree.

How to Make a Paper Bow

Supplies Needed

  • Cardstock, wrapping paper, or felt
  • Double-sided tape
  • Hot glue
  • Scissors

Step-by-Step Directions

With a few supplies and these how-to instructions, we'll show you how to make a bow out of wrapping paper. Customize your handmade bow with patterned paper, felt, or embellishments like glitter.

Step 1: Cut Pattern

Trace and cut the bow pattern on to your desired material; cardstock, wrapping paper, scrapbook paper, and felt all work well with this technique. Keep in mind that because the bow folds over, you'll want to work with a double-sided material; if you use a patterned paper that is only printed on one side, you may be able to see the blank side.

Get the free bow template

Step 2: Attach Bow

Fold the rounded piece of the pattern so that each end meets in the middle. If you're using felt, attach this area with hot glue. If you're creating a paper bow, double-sided tape will do the trick. Press the center of the bow firmly to ensure it sticks.

Step 3: Finish Bow

When the rounded top portion of your bow is finished, attach it to the angular bottom piece using hot glue or double-sided tape. Then, set the small rectangular piece in the center and fold over so the ends meet in the back. Secure this with whichever form of adhesive you're using. Use your finished bow to top perfectly wrapped Christmas presents.

Comments (1)

June 20, 2018
I am going to try these as they are really cute and so fragile lookiging!