If you feel guilty like me about recycling calendars and magazines when they're out of date, there's a cure - convert them into dramatic bows to use for years to come!
I'm sure there are multiple ways to make them, but this is what I know, so get some scissors, a stapler, a cereal box and a hot glue gun and let's go...
1. Cut a small circle out of a cereal box about 2-3" diameter - no need for perfection, just a rough one will do. CAVEAT: I am all about quick & dirty, but if you thrive on precision, knock yourself out with the compass and ruler:-)
3. Take one short strip and curve the ends so one overlaps the other one, making a pointy piece. If you paper isn't too thick (calendars are usually thicker than mags) you can hot glue the ends together, otherwise you may have to staple. Try glue first, but if they pop open, staple them. Make about 18 of these before you assemble the bow. If your pointy piece is too long and the ends overlap too much, trim them down.
4. Here's where the artistic part kicks in. Plan your layers out so you have a pleasing arrangement of colors/patterns. Or wing it and revel in serendipity.
Next, begin assembly: Hot glue or staple the pointy pieces, one at a time, close together, around the edges of your circle like so:
|Finished first layer|
6. Once you have all of the open spaces on the 2nd layer done, continue with layer three. If your circle is pretty full, skip layer 3 and decide how you're going to finish the center*. Or, if you have room for layer three, continue as before.
*To finish the center you can make a single loop or try to fit 2-3 pieces in. It's difficult to glue them in at this point, so you may only get 2 pieces to fit. If using a loop and it looks too scrawny try cutting a wider strip and using that. Or, get crazy and make curls or shredded pieces that burst out like a firecracker!
|finished 2nd layer|
|starting layer 3|
Finished bow with a looped center.
This is a large Vogue magazine bow with both a third row and a center loop. Make some! Have fun!