Flower Loop Bows and Creative Gift Wrap
At the last birthday party I attended all of the presents
were packaged in gift bags. Bag, bag,
bag, bag. The gift bag is handy,
reusable and oh so convenient, however, I really missed the beautifully packaged
gift! I LOVE the idea of reusing items,
so my mission was to create wrapping that was a bit eclectic, Earth-friendly
To go along w/ my eco-friendly gift wrap- I made re-usable,
multi-purpose, flower loop bows. These
fun, multi-layered bows are often used as hair bows. Just attach one to a clip or barrette and you
have a fabulous hair accessory. Often you will see Flower loop bows made with
the same width of ribbon. I wanted to
mix it up a bit so I played with the fabric of ribbons as well as the width.
(If you like these bows and want to make some for yourself,
A Flower loop bow how-to video will be posted on the May Arts blog in 2 weeks)
For this gift I simply put it in a photo box, and shut the lid! These are as easy as gift bags, and very
attractive. They come in patterns, all
colors and are quite inexpensive. These
boxes are perfect for reusing over and over!
The bow I wanted to
make a bow that was “gender neutral” so I used browns, tans and turquoise
ribbons with a button center for the
bow. A matching band of ribbon around
the box completes the package.
(May Arts ribbons used: (WF) Grosgrain/Circles, (DD94, DD02)
Grosgrain/Dots, (BD33) Grosgrain/Center dot, (DH33) Grosgrain/Dots, (WK94) Grosgrain/Stripes, (WM47) Solid/Variegated stripes.)
As I was working on this project, the
weekly free newspaper was delivered to my door step. Serendipity. I instantly remembered how my
in-laws have been recycling newspaper as gift wrap for decades– I love the idea of using what is right in
front of you.
The Bow Keeping with the newsprint theme…I went with
a black and white (and read all over…) bow.
The center of the flower is a piece of chipboard that reads…”EVERYDAY
Arts ribbons used: (331) Grosgrain/White ovals, (DD10) Grosgrain/Dots, (WB10) Grosgrain/Stripe, (AKN10) Solid/Check)
The packaging For this gift I repurposed a leather pencil
holder. I simply turned it upside down
and slipped it over the gift.
The bow The (333) Grosgrain/Horizontal lines ribbon
was perfect for my flower loop bow. This
ribbon is fun and festive and PERFECT for a party! The center is an over sized paper covered
I knew I wanted to use scrap fabric as a packaging idea…the United States
fabric seemed the right fit for this project.
The Bow I picked bright yellows and orange ribbons
with a bright yellow button center for this bow.
(May Arts ribbons used: (DD27) Grosgrain/Dots center (333) Grosgrain/Horizontal lines)
The packaging. This might be the zaniest packaging of the
lot. A piece of linen that was a window
valance! Yes. ANYTHING can work!!!!
The Bow This bow is perhaps my favorite. I used a mix of fabric ribbon…lace, sheer,
grosgrain…green, pink and orange. SIGH.
This bow makes me happy!!! For
the center of my bow I used paper flowers.
(May Arts ribbon used:
(335) Sheer/Print, (BS06) Solid/Iridescent, (NP46) Crochet, (NQ 28) Lace, (WH 28) Reversible/Grosgrain)
Blog Posted By: Leah Farrar-White