These paper bow templates are perfect for customized gift-giving all year round. In this tutorial, I will show you how to make a gift bow out of paper.
I remember when I was a kid, I used to buy bags of those metallic looped ribbon bows with the stick on the pad at the base during the holidays and stick them on everything.
My taste has since changed (hopefully for the better) and those generic bows just won’t do any more for my presents.
These days, when I want to add that extra special touch, I make my own paper bow to add on top of the packaging. The best part of making your own bows is being able to color coordinate and customize the paper print that you use.
I have a few different paper bow templates I use depending on the package. I also like to mix and match the base ribbon shape with the top bow piece. You can also play around with various colored and printed cardstock.
Regardless, even the simplest one makes any present extra special.
Materials for Making Bows out of Paper
Cardstock – I find a medium to lightweight cardstock works best for paper bows. The heavier cardstock doesn’t flex as well. Here are some of my favorite brands:
- Neenah Collections Assorted Set from Amazon – Basic primary colors, great starter pack, perfect weight for most papercraft projects
- Metallic Shimmer Assorted Set from Amazon – This set is a little lighter in weight but the colors are beautiful in 3D
- Cardstock Warehouse Brand on Amazon – I love the quality of all the matte colored cardstock with Cardstock Warehouse. It is my go-to brand for individual matte colors that I might need
- Assorted Pink Set from Paper Paper – This is a must-have for paper flower makers. The variety is perfect to create a bouquet.
- Assorted Purple Set from Paper Paper – This is another must-have for paper flower makers. I love the variety of finishes in this pack.
- Metallic Variety Set from Paper Paper – I don’t know any avid paper crafter that doesn’t use Stardream metallics line of shimmer paper. It is the only metallic cardstock line that I know of that has such variety and has colored cores.
Glue – I like using glue that doesn’t warp the paper. Here are a few of my favorites:
Templates – These paper bow templates are available in both SVG and printable PDF formats for free in my resource library.
How to make a paper gift bow
Step 1: Cut out the pieces using the bow template
Step 2: Glue the bow ribbon ends together
I like to use as little glue as I can for this part because the more you use the longer it takes to dry. I just dag a bit in the center of the strip and dip the ends in this before pressing it together to dry.
Step 3: Glue the layers together
If you get impatient, you can always paper clip the piece together while it is drying so you don’t have to stand around and wait.
Once the layers are secured, glue the center piece in place to secure the layers.