Origami Paper Bows… Neat Technique

What a great (and easy) way to make a custom embellishment for your next card or scrapbook page.  And think about making it an origami bow tie for a Father’s Day card or masculine birthday card!  Try out this origami paper bow with paper from your favorite paper source!


By Janet Hopkins


Let me just say Pinterest, as much as I love it, is a double edged sword for me. I can get lost on it for hours and at the end of the time I spend there…I usually feel frustrated that I have wasted that much time and that there aren’t enough hours in the day for me to create all the beauty that is there so I don’t! OR I become obsessed with something I see and I have to learn how to create it right then!


That happened when I saw these oragami paper bows. They just made me smile and I was intrigued that they were made from just one square of paper so I dove right in and about 45 minutes later had a stack ready for creating with. (The tutorial I used to learn can be found here.)




In experimenting with these I found that thin paper definitely works the best so you can get crisp, clean folds. I had been wanting to try out the Antique papers from Bazzill and  they turned out to be the perfect weight for these bows. For the ones shown above, I started with a 4″, 5″, 6″ and 7″ square of patterned paper.




And then I decided I needed to make a quick card with the first bow.




These are just a fun way to dress up a card, package, or use as an embellishment.

Supply List: Bazzill Antique Papers – Micro Dot, Newsprint, Ledger, Letter, Swiss Dot Pepper, My Mind’s Eye Twine




And of course a bit of color is always fun too! I pulled out some vintage 7gypsies papers and they turned out super cute as well. That stripe with the yellow dot on the back is one of my all time favorite papers. I think I bought every sheet in every store I saw it in and sadly I am down to my last two sheets….sniff, sniff. It’s an oldie but goodie!


I was showing them to the kids when they came home and of course the older two decided to try their hand at it but then the younger two were not going to be left out….I wish I would have taken a picture because we must have been a true site! When my husband walked in and I had four kids, two standing on chairs, around the island all folding paper he said “This whole family is nuts!” and just walked out. Just a normal day at our house.


Have you been inspired to drop everything and create something you have seen lately?


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