12.14.2010

I {heart} gift wrap guest post: DIY burlap gift bows

My first guest in the I {heart} gift wrap series is Carrie Stroud of The Rowdy Stroudys. She's the sweetest mom who takes fabulous pictures and always has classy taste. She and I both like to throw a good party. I'm so glad she was willing to participate, because I've never seen a project of hers I didn't like.

 Hello For The Love fans!  My name is Carrie and I am so excited to be guest posting here today.  Sarah is one of my most favorite bloggers, so it's a definite treat to be asked to participate in her gift-wrapping week.
 I am the oldest from a family of 11 children.  With at least one birthday a month, I am not ashamed to admit that pillowcases and newspapers were frequently used to wrap presents.  Although I do like pretty paper for sure, this year I tried to think about that same childhood simplicity and incorporate my love of fabrics. 

 After buying the brown paper (paper grocery bags would work perfectly), I hit my stash of fabric and pulled out a few different kinds with textures and colors that I thought would work well together. (I buy linens and drapes at the thrift store for fabric a lot!)
This gift wrapping idea is ridiculously easy, which is very necessary in my busy life right now!
1. Use pinking sheers to cut 9 strips 1/2-3/4 inches wide:  For length cut 3 at 10 inches, 3 at 9 inches, 2 at 8 inches, and 1 at 6 inches.  (You can use a variety of lengths for different size bows)
 2. Loop each end around and staple the middle.
3. Hot glue largest to smallest alternately to make the bow.  Loop that last one into a round circle and glue in the center.  Buttons look really cute in the center, too.
I used canvas, burlap, and a sheer stiff cotton (a curtain at the thrift store) for fabric.  As long as it has some sturdiness to it to show the fold, it will work.  You can see the difference in stiffness between the canvas and sheer cotton in the picture.  Pinking sheers gives it a really nice finished edge.  Sky is the limit with fabric choices and colors. 

I love grouping them together to show the texture.  Add some yarn and an old-fashioned tag and it completes the ensemble. Using the hot glue makes them easy to peel off the paper, so they are definitely re-usable! 

31 comments:

The Frosted Gardner said...

Oh I love these! Love em! Oh man - now I have something else I need to make!

kristine said...

These are adorable! And they look so easy to make. I'll have to try it out sometime!

Kristine. Or Polly.

Justine said...

Pretty pretty! I want to try making this.

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Amy said...

These are beautiful! I can't wait to try these! I too am using brown paper to wrap all my presents so this is just perfect! Thank you for the wonderful idea!

O O N A said...

wait, i love this. can i copy? i'm copying.

Angela said...

Oh my goodness. So perfect! I am totally going to use this idea this Christmas. I'm all about reusing bags, and this makes them look lovely! Thanks for the idea! :)

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Vanessa said...

What a clever idea...I love the look of these!! TFS :-)

nicole ...given said...

so flippin adorable!

Amanda said...

I LOVE this so much! I would never ever think of this, but it looks so simple and so beautiful!! Thanks for the great idea!

Charissa said...

Great idea. With all the effort that goes into these, how awesome to read that they are reusable and easily attached with hot glue. Nicely done!

Charissa said...

Great idea. With all the effort that goes into these, how awesome to read that they are reusable and easily attached with hot glue. Nicely done!

A.Co said...

This is awesome and SO beautiful!!

I love the end result! WOW!! I'll try this - thanks!!

A.Co @ A.Co est. 1984

LyddieGal said...

So pretty! I heart gift wrap too!!

Chic on the Cheap

♔Reyna♔ said...

oh wow! You know that I am soo gonna make these bows now! lol. Love ur blog! I just found it! so excited to read thru your previous posts and try (yes try) to catch up. + I followed-cuz it's just that awesome! If you get the chance pass by my fashion blog and check it out! hope you do!

-Reyna
www.glamglory.blogspot.com

ag. said...

Oooh, I love this so much! It looks fantastic!

silvergirl said...

Hey there,
A friend of mine directed me over to your blog.
I am really enjoying it!
Love these bows.
If you get a chance stop by my blog
www.silverpooloflightgirl.blogspot.com
Looking forward to following you.
Brett

Allison said...

Oh my goodness - I adore these bows! I'm obsessed with texture, and these are so perfect to top a gift!

Jocelyn Christensen said...

How in the world did I miss this???? Totally awesome!

Regina said...

THIS IS GORGEOUS! I'm always looking for better wrapping ideas. :)

Peony and Thistle said...

Thanks so much for this. Great bows!

NadiaMonster said...

I love these and want to learn to make them, but I'm unclear about the instructions! Am I supposed to cut 9 strips? 3 at 10in, 2 at 8 in, and 1 at 6in makes 6 total. Great idea!!

Carrie said...

3 at 10inches, 3 at 9 inches, 2 at 8inches, and then 1 at 6

InteriorGroupie said...

Absolutely love this and can't wait to make them!

jonahliza said...

this is seriously the most awesome thing ever. thanks for this lovely lil diy!

Createology said...

Your bows are fabulous and I love the organic natural texture these lend to simple brown paper bag or kraft paper. Well done...Thank you for sharing.

Nike@ChooseToThrive said...

Saw this on Ucreate Parties and am smitten. So freakin' cute!

Michelle said...

totally gorgeous! I LOVE them :O)

Carly @ Mason's Roost said...

i LOVE these.

Brandi said...

Oh my gosh, I love your bows! So pretty!!

Elle said...

These are so, so adorable, but I don't understand step 2 or 3. Are there more pictures?

Sabii Wabii said...

Pretty darn cute!