At first glance these seem very challenging. I promise- when you finish your first bow you'll be addicted...they really are pretty simple!
Here's what you'll need for this project:
* 6X12" Double sided paper ( a 12X12 piece will make 2 bows)
* Paper trimmer
*1/16" hole punch ( or slightly bigger)
1* Cut 8 strips of 1"X6" , then turn your paper to the right and cut 1 strip of 1"X4" piece of paper. Next, turn the paper to the right again and cut four strips of 1"X5".
You'll also need the 1"X4" in your "A" color as well.
3* Take your "A" colored strips, place them face up and put adhesive on one end of each strip.
Take your "B" colored strips and put adhesive on one end of each strip.
Take your "A" pieces and wrap them as shown- ( this is for the first
layer so you should be using your 1"X5" "A" colored pieces.)
You're going to fold them almost in half- but twist them to the left.
It should look like this when you're finished.
5* Do this to all of your sets of strips. ( There should be 3 different sets)
You'll notice that I have 2 Sets of "A" colored "petals" and 1 set of "B" colored "petals".
6*Now you're going to take two petals and hold them together end to end. Take your hole punch and punch a hole in the center- do this with all the "petals".
7* Now take the 1"X4" strip and wrap it in a circle "B" side up. Punch a hole in the center and place your medium sized brad through both holes.
8* Now you're going to take your smaller sized petals ( the 1"X5" ) and place them each over the brad- at this point your bow is going to resemble a flower.
This is the back view with the four "petals" attached.
This is what your front view should look like with the first row finished. DO NOT fold the brad down yet- you're still going to attach the next to "rows"- before you fold the brad.
9* Now put row 2 of your bow on the brad ( This would be the "B" patterned side) Use your lager 1"X6" petals for this next row.
Just go around and around until you have the 2ND layer attached.
This is what the front of your bow looks like with the second layer attached.
10* Continue with the last layer of "Petals". This is your "A" color again.
This is the first "petal" of the last row. Continue to place the last 3 petals on this row. Then you'll press the brad down. It's going to be a tight fit- but it can be done.
The back side of the bow with all the layers attached.
This is how the front of the bow looks when you're all finished.
This is my daughter Emma ( age 10 ) holding up the bow she made- mostly by herself.
These are some of the other bows I made. See, it's addictive. :)
I hope you enjoy making these bows as much as Emma and I did! We look forward to seeing your lovely creations!