Video Tutorial: Make Glowing LED Gift Bows

created at: 2009/12/15

Alison Lewis, the creator of Switch, uses technology in the most creative and crafty ways. For example, in this tutorial she shows us how to make glowing gift bows with the help a few LEDs and 3-volt batteries. Check out the list of things you’ll need and then scroll down to watch Alison show us step by step how to make one!

  • plastic wrap
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • toothpicks or stirring straws
  • scissors
  • needle-nose pliers
  • 2 3-volt batteries
  • duct tape
  • a few LEDs, available at places like Radio Shack
  • glitter & sequins, if desired, but required for the Alison’s Lady Gaga-inspired bow:created at: 2009/12/15

Now watch Alison in action:

DIY: How to Make A Lighted Holiday Bow from iHeartSwitch on Vimeo. Continue Reading

How to Turn a Gift Bow into a Gift Flower

created on: 12/22/08

If you save gift bows like I do, you probably have a sack of them, all of which are looking a little crunched up by now. Here’s a great–and EASY–way to remake them into bow mums.

What you need:

  • A scissors
  • Bows! Large or small, it doesn’t matter, but they must be made of paper ribbon like the cheap sack o’ bows you can buy just about everywhere these days.

What you do:

First, cut the loops down the center, longways. Continue Reading

Loom Flower Holiday Bows

Cathy over on Craftstylish has used her flower loom to embellish holiday packages, and the outcome is absolutely darling. She also offers a tutorial on how to loom the little buggers. If you’re interested in this technique, you can actually make your own loom, like I did. And although Cathy’s bows are much prettier than, say, bows made of old casette tape tape, they’re not as tree-hugger-y. 🙂 

Image courtesy of Cathy Callahan. Continue Reading

How to make a bow like the pros.

Nashville Wraps Community is a site dedicated to people who take wrapping and packaging very seriously. Giving their professional secrets away is just one reason to take a peek at their fount of information. Case in point: their gift bow and pew bow tutorial. The gift bow comes at the most gift-giving time of year, and the pew bow is worthy of a ‘favorite’ for any upcoming weddings in the new year.

To make a gift bow, you’ll need 4 yards of ribbon (hey, the pros don’t mess around!) Continue Reading

Duct Tape Bows

Spotted this pic over on Craftzine. A perfect finish to the DIYers’ gifts this holiday season–wrapped, of course, in craft paper. There’s no accompanying tutorial, but it shouldn’t be too hard to do. After taping the package, I’d probably fold a length of duct tape back on itself, thereby eliminating the sticky back, and then ‘tie’ the bow. Or, to save on tape, you could stick the tape onto newspaper and then trim the excess paper away. Continue Reading

Tie Bows Like A Professional

created on: 11/12/08

not talking shoelaces here, we’re talking PRETTIES. For gifts… ’cause
it’s getting to be that time. Sure you could buy ready made bows, but
wheres the fun in that? This way you get to use up any supplies of
ribbon that you might have been compulsively hoarding (I can’t help it
I loveses the precious ribbons)… Anyway, the trick to making swanky looking ribbon bows is apparently to use a bow
tying board, here’s how to make one. Continue Reading

How-to: Wrap Gifts with Fabric

created on: 07/25/08

Years ago I used some cute upholstery fabric to wrap a baby shower gift, it only seemed natural.  I tied it and made a bow out of real ball fringe or something darling.  As I remember, it was very difficult to figure out a way to make the wrapping say put.  Happily, the wrapping got more applause than the gift (justifiably, if I do say so myself).

The Ministry of Environment-Government of Japan has a downloadable PDF file to show you exactly how to do up all your gifts in hemmed and stitched cloth giftwrap or FuroshikiContinue Reading

Wrapping Paper and Bow Conservation

Running out of wrapping paper and bows and need more FAST? I saw this on Martha yesterday and put the Curbly spin to it.



What little wrapping paper you have left



Martha’s Wrap

Wrap your present in newsprint. I like the stock quotes as they make a nice, uniform background.

Cut a strip of wrapping paper to circumference the present, fold in edges, wrap around package, tape strip together in back of present. Continue Reading