Friday, August 5, 2011

Paper Bow Tutorial


Good Morning,

If you are new to this post, welcome, I am glad you are here.  If you are a return visitors, I am glad you are back again.

Please respect my time and my willing to share.  If you made the origami bow using this tutorial and you have either one of these facebook, yahoo group, blog, twitter and others  please share the link to this tutorial.  Sharing is what making blogging fun.

I saw this origami bow tutorial here.  However, it was in another language and many of you needed a written tutorial plus pictures tutorial, so here it is.  

A 3" x 3" paper would make a nice bow.  I used 4" square for the bows that I made for the cake here.

A thin pattern paper would make a beautiful bow.


If you are using double side pattern paper place the side that you want down.

Mountain fold horizontally, crease well, then unfold.


mountain fold the other way, crease well and unfold.

you should have this.
Valley fold diagonally, crease well, and unfold.

valley fold the other way,crease well and unfold.  You should have this: 2 mountain fold lines  that looked like a plus sign.  And 2 valley folds that looked like an "X".
Follow the creased lines and fold your paper like this

Press it down and fold the "closed" side about 1/2" down like the picture below, crease well.


Open your paper completely like shown.  As you can see there is a small square in the center and the creased lines are not the same.

You are going to mountain fold those lines or the small square.

like this
refold the paper like the 7th picture above except
you will push the small square down like this
you paper now should look like this with two layers.
fold the top corners down like this

turn the paper over and repeat
you are going to open the paper,  making sure your folds (small square) stays in place.
it should look like this after you opened the paper.
Turn the paper over, make sure you place your paper like in the photo.   Cut at the fold (where the black lines are.)

After the cut you should be able to move the two pieces up and down. These two pieces will be the bow tails. 
Fold the top piece down and fold the edges
of the side pieces down like shown


fold the other edges up and over lab the previous fold  a bit. 
now working on the bow tails, fold the edges in then cut both pieces at the center where the black line is (make sure don't cut the small square on the bottom)

then fold it like shown

turn it over
fold the bow tip under the center square
cut the bow tails and you are done!  It wasn't too hard right!

I was in a rush putting this tutorial together so some phrase might not be clear but I was hopping the pictures will help.  Your feed back is greatly appreciated.

P.S.  For personal use only please. 

Helen

148 comments:

eva said...

THANK YOU!

chillin with Quillin said...

That is really sharp!!!!!
Paula

Dr Sonia S V said...

Absolutely adorable. YOur tutorial is so clear and its So much better than following all those origami signs!

Cheers
Sonia
http://cardsandschoolprojects.blogspot.com

DeStampin'Corner said...

At a glance at the tutorial it looks complicated but pictures sure do help. Thank you for the tutorial.
Have a wonderful break.

lavina said...

wow its soo pretty..will definitely try it out..thanks for sharing

SUGANTHI said...

Thanks for the tutorial and have a nice break.

Merry said...

Thanks so much Helen for taking the time to do this tutorial in English. I will definitely have another try real soon. :-)

Ann said...

Thank you so much for doing the tutorial. I tried to follow the other site and I got stuck part way through and couldn't figure it out. I don't have time to try this tonight but I'm going to bookmark it because I love those bows.
Thanks again.

Elin K. said...

Excellent tutorial - Thank you!

Mary said...

Thanks for taking the time to do this written tutorial, I know they are alot of work, I appreciate it! Have fun until the end of the month, hope you are doing something fun!

ManuK said...

It looks complicated, but I really love the end result! Thank you for sharing the tutorial and translate it to English!

Have a wonderful holiday!

TrishG said...

Love origami! What a great looking bow!

Rae said...

Hi Helen, another fantastic tutorial. The bow is wonderful, but it would take me all day to hopefully make just one- and you know I like things by the dozen. : ) Hope you have a purposeful break. We will miss you.

Whimcees said...

Hello!

It is so nice to be back to visit again and to see all of the wonderful creations you have made!

I love this beautiful bow and the tutorial is great!

Sending you good wishes!

Hugs,

Barbara Diane

Monica said...

So beautiful... how sweeeeeet of you to post the tutorial.

Hope all is well with you and yours.

Hugs,

Monica

Crazee Daizy said...

amazing stuff helen !! just love the tutorials and your quilled butterflies. do drop by my blog, just started in quilling and card making...
http://crazeedaizy.blogspot.com/

Mihaela said...

Great tutorial!

Jovi said...

wow.... this tutorial is amazing ... gonna try it when I get back home!!!!

Anonymous said...

this is soo easy+cool!!im gonna use it often!!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much! I have never been able to do origami but this was super easy! Love it!

Daniela Avendaño Campo said...

Awesome, it was pretty clear.

Jessica Jones said...

Thank you for the thorough instructions!

Elisa said...

Thank you for the very clear step-by-step instructions. I'm an origami lover so this is so very cool! Got here via How About Orange...

Katarzyna said...

Super! Thank You!

tifleur said...

I published an article about origami with a link to your website. It's will be published on 28/04/2012 to 10h00. Tell me what you think about it!
Thanks
see you

Tandlerin said...

This worked so well! I managed to create a bow where you still can see the print (married couple) on the bow ties for a wedding gift. Loved it!

Would you mind if i would translate your instruction into german and post it on my blog? Of course i will credit you as the original source!

Greetings from Germany,
Miss Tand

anip said...

I am finding it hard to press the little square in neatly. Is there a trick for this part?

Thank you so much for the great tutorial!

Anonymous said...

I made the bow! It took me a while.. The pictures for the cutting were a little unclear, I had to start over a couple of times before I realized you're cutting on the FOLDS not the sides.
Thanks!!

Lynn said...

Thank you for sharing this.This is one I will use all year round!Now if I can just figure out how to print it so I can keep it in my cardbox!

Andaira said...

Helen, gracias por este tutorial, ya que las imágenes me ha ayudado muchísimo.
Felicidades por el blog. He pasado unas horas muy agradables mirando todos los trabajos que haces con el papel.
Y de nuevo gracias por compartir explicaciones y tutoriales///
Helen, thank you for this tutorial because images help me very much
Congratulations on the blog. I spent some pleasant hours watching all the work you do with paper.
And again thank you for sharing explanations and tutorials

mikandesu said...

wow. you did a great job! isn't this you created by yourself? thanks for sharing the awesome info!

Jenny @ I-dream-in-paper.blogspot.co.uk said...

Came here from How About Orange. Instructions perfectly clear & easy to follow. Thanks for taking the time to make this tutorial.

Jenny @ I-dream-in-paper.blogspot.co.uk said...

Came here via How About Orange. Thanks for taking the time to do this tutorial, I found it clear & esy to follow. Have pinned you!

Dr. Debra Nelson-Gardell said...

Directions were so clear, even I could follow them--I'm origamically challenged :-)
Thank you!

Anonymous said...

awesome tutorial!!! i did my bow and it looks adorable like yours :) Thanks for sharing!!!

Edelweiss said...

Loved it! ...eventhough at first I had the same problem pointed above, cutting the sides and not the folds. Thanks to the comment, I could realize my mistake.
Hugs from Lima, Peru :)

Mrs A. said...

Just made one up. Bit fiddly till I got the hang of it. Thanks for the tutorial. Hugs Mrs A.

Maribel said...

Thank you¡¡¡¡

Noreen said...

Thanks! It's a different look and will be great for mailing packages!

Yvette said...

Thanks for making the tutorial! Your instructions and pictures were very clear and easy. Mine came out beautifully the first time!

Bubble My Licorice said...

Thank you so much!! Just made one!! It's so cute!

www.daisyley.co.uk said...

Easy to follow ... and lovely too. I often give up half way through origami instructions but not this time. Thank you.

Adriana Melara said...

QUE PRECIOSO ESTA ESA CHOMBA!!!

Spanish Pinay said...

stumbled upon your blog and this is definitely awesome! I just tried to make it and it's soooo easy to follow. Thanks to your detailed how-to with pictures. I am such a visual person so without pictures, I don't think I will be able to follow :) Thank you again!

Spanish Pinay

Yvonne Moxon said...

What a great tutorial thank you!

Aina said...

Excellent tutorial! Thanks!

Tracy K. said...

Thank you! It was an awesome tutorial. I don't think I will ever give a gift with a store bought bow again. I truly appreciate you taking the time to teach the world this. So many possibilities!!

Anonymous said...

Não é fácil, mas vou tentar fazer de várias estampas diferentes pra colocar na parede e emoldurar. Adoro laços! Ótimo blog. Adorei!From Brazil

Joyce said...

What a lovely tutorial! Seeing the picture of the bow tie I thought I would never be able to make it, but your tutorial was so helpfull and good that I made it :D I will put it on my mums present for Mothersday, I'm sure she will love it! Thank you!

Taia said...

I actually yelled "I did it!" and ran around my house like a big dope showing my family :) Origami usually frustrates me to no end, but your tutorial is amazing! Now I can get cracking on making approximately a billion of these for my wedding napkin rings...

Anusha Vamsee said...

Wow.. Tat was a cool tutorial.. Looked little tricky.. But it came out v well.. :-) :-)

Stella said...

wonderful tutorial! Just made my first one and I'm not an origami master. I think that I will use it when I ship items from my etsy shop :-)

Thank you so much for sharing!

Alice Wilson said...

I just tried this, and i'm pleased to say that it went well- my first ever piece of origami not to fail!!

Alice Wilson said...

I just tried this, and i'm pleased to say that it went well- my first ever piece of origami not to fail!!

Maiden vs Caudalie said...

Hi Helen,
Thanks for this tuto !
I did it and the result is very cute :)
I put the link of your blog with my bow on my blog. I hope you're ok ?
Thanks again !

http://maidenversuscaudalie.blogspot.fr/2012/05/diy-noeud-en-origami.html

Sofía Gala said...

I did it!! Thank you :)

Fatimah Agha said...

i tried it and despite my fears, it came out flawless!!
awesome :)

Fatimah Agha said...

i tried it and despite my fears, it came out flawless!!
awesome :)

melba said...

it came out awsome, thanks.

DaniC said...
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DaniC said...

it was so easy and cute :D

Kreasi dari Bunda said...

So beautiful...
may I translate it into Indonesian
in my blog

Kreasi dari Bunda said...

so beautiful
may I translate it into Indonesian
in my blog

Craftywife said...

Dont know i came across your blog ,but i am so glad i have. This bow is fabulous and will show off my card creations beautifully.
Thank you

Ellen said...

Thanks ever so much~~

Kisah Hidup Anirafti said...

awesome tutorial, very beautiful. And now I know what I can do for my paper magazine, thank you so much Mrs.Helen^^

Renee said...

Fab instructions, thank you for taking the time to create this easy to follow tutorial!

Deepthi said...

Wow!! Loved this tutorial!! Thanks for sharing

Haja Craft said...

Thanks for an easy handling tutorial... Share your tutorial in my blog.
Here's the link
http://hajalicious-craft.blogspot.com/2012/05/origami-ribbon.html

Jezebelle Sinned said...

Tagged your blog when I posted my quickie version of the bow at http://jezebellesinning.blogspot.in/
Natasha

;) said...

i'll definitely will try this!!
thanks :)

shindwerp said...

This really made my day ;) thank you so much for the easy follow tutorial ;) louvvvveeee itttt

shindwerp said...

Thank you for the easy follow tutorial and i also can make one hahahaha very very beautiful ;) luuuvvv ittt

Anonymous said...

Lovely!
Made mine into a hairclip!

yuki said...

i tried and did it finally:)))
it is really a GREAT tutorial and keep going!!!

Anonymous said...

I got it right on the first try! Thanks. I also understood what a "mountain fold" was for the first time. Great tutorial.

Jayne said...

I never did origami before. I did all right. Your tutorial was well done. Thank you.

Vilde Rebekka said...

Thank you so much! This is absolutely lovely and your instructions are really easy to follow :-)

Anonymous said...

Great tutorial for a beautiful piece of Origami, thanks for taking the time to do this.

Candy

Lore said...

Thanks for this tutorial. I found it by accident, but what a great way to recycle paper!! Now if I can just get my fingers to co-operate . . . :)

Ashley Wilkinson said...

Beautiful! A bit tricky at times but I did it! Thank you.

Charlotte said...

Wow!! Just tried this at my desk at work with a scrap piece of paper and it looks awesome!! Thank you so much for such an easy tutorial :)

paullyn grace said...

got stuck on the 14th photo! hahaa but still mamaged to finished my bow..thanks for this step-by-step tutorial! :)

Senyorita Chayel said...

thanks a lot for this! :) I am planning to make big ones and use as backdrops for our wedding photo booth.

Carlos said...

Thank you SO much for this well written and clear tutorial! I made these last night! and it came out great! It was way easier than I thought it would be!

Beverly Finch said...

This is great! I can't wait to make one (or 5!)

Yamayka's Gift Wrapping Ideas said...

lovely bow, I'm going to try it on my next gift wrapping project. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

This is the best bow tutorial i have ever seen thank you so much you are a lifesaver! ^-^

Combatmummy said...

This looks much more complicated than it really is - Thanks for sharing a great tutorial.

Georgia Redpath said...

Brilliant tutorial. Made a bow in 5 minutes (though I really should've taken the time to find my scissors...the first one lacks a bit in the finesse stakes!) These will work really well with my origami gift boxes.

Anonymous said...

AWESOME TUTORIAL! I made hair bows for my cousins after they colored the paper. Thanks for posting this!

Sophie said...

this is a super cute idea. i really like this. thanks for posting this :)

xo, Sophie

Anonymous said...

AMAZING! Thank-you!!!

Tif said...

Your directions were fantastic!! I usually have SO much trouble with origami but I was able to easily follow your instructions and made a cute little bow from the cover of a Sports Illustrated. :) Thanks so much!!

Robin Spitzer said...

I am running in the caft room to give this a shot, Thank you!

Lynnette said...

Thank you so much. I pulled out a scrap piece of paper and worked through your tutorial and voila! A perfect bow. This will be so useful for cards and scrapbooks. I can't wait to commit the steps to memory!

Lynnette said...

Thank you so much. I pulled out a scrap piece of paper and worked through your tutorial and voila! A perfect bow. This will be so useful for cards and scrapbooks. I can't wait to commit the steps to memory!

Anonymous said...

Great Idea. Thank you!

America said...

What a wonderful tutorial. THANK YOU so much for sharing!

Archana Sathish said...

This is so beautiful! Thank you for such an easy to follow tutorial! :)

randomacts said...

I found your tutorial yesterday and have already formed a bow-making addiction. I'm absolutely going to be making these while I watch Netflix tonight. Do you think my husband will believe me when I tell him that I'm not wasting time--I'm being productive?

randomacts said...

I found your tutorial yesterday and have already formed a bow-making addiction. I'm absolutely going to be making these while I watch Netflix tonight. Do you think my husband will believe me when I tell him that I'm not wasting time--I'm being productive?

Bridgett Van Sickle said...

I just made my 1st paper bow. Your tutorial is great, thanks you!
Bridgett

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Tracy Wood said...

I am always looking for new and easy origami designs! This one is great!!!

Marcela Gmd said...

Beautiful work!! nice blog!! would you like to follow each other?
Besos, desde España, Marcela♥

earth2cj said...

Thank you for sharing this! :)

earth2cj said...

Thank you for sharing this!
Have a blessed day! :)

lisz said...

thanks for sharing i made one out o a4 paper to try its abs fabs..i am gonna make it for my scrapbooks n decorate my notebooks :p

Printing in China said...

We found your this post while searching for some related information on paper crafts...Its a good post..keep posting and update the information.

Wendy Omuro said...

Such a super cute idea! I love finding new ways to creatively craft old magazines into new treasures. Thanks so much for sharing :o)

She said...

Thank you soooo much for this! It was so simple :)

Anonymous said...

Simply wonderful, many thanks.

Jessica Peralta said...

ME ENCANTO !!! SUPER FACIL DE HACER !! GRACIAS :)

Jessica Peralta said...

ME ENCANTO !!! SUPER FACIL DE HACER ! GRACIAS :)

Jessica Peralta said...

ME ENCANTO !! SUPER FACIL DE HACER GRACIAS !! :)

Anonymous said...

Best origami tutorial ever!

Anonymous said...

You wrote:
It wasn't too hard right!

I write:
It wasn't too hard.
Absolutely right!

Great tutorial. Thanks a lot.

K. from Germany

Anonymous said...

I did!!!!!!!!!, it´s beautiful. Thank you

lucy said...

I did it, it´s beautiful. thak you

lucy said...

I did it, that´s beautiful. thak you

Anonymous said...

I love it. I tried it and it is so cute. Thank you for sharing this.

Anonymous said...

This was really a great tutorial. Thank you for putting in your time to make it!

thea said...

love it!! I found you through howaboutorange and have made many a delicious bow since!!

Thanks for the tutorial!

thea.
(spoonfulzine.com)

Crafty Ferret said...

I love these bows. I was searching for an alternative to those horrid foil none recyclable bows you can buy from any shop to decorate Christmas gifts with when I came across this easy to follow tutorial. I've made my bows out of the same recyclable wrapping paper I'm going to wrap my Christmas presents with. Along with some handmade gift tags my Christmas presents are going to look lovely this year. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing this! wonderful!
grazie mille!!!

Evelien Coppens said...

Kan je mij dat soms tonen in het Nederlands ik snap het niet zo goed

Erica said...

This is so beautiful! And since it is so compact, it would be easy to save, store and reuse again.

:)

Anonymous said...

TY, you are very talented & generous.....let your light shine!

Gavan and Astrella said...

The instructions were clear and really easy to understand. Thank you so much for doing it so well!!!

theyellowmarshmallow said...

I just made one, and I just want to make hundreds of them now!
Thanks a lot for this!

Angie - Bumble Bee's Craft Den said...

Fab tutorial - thanks for sharing x

Débora.- Monerías said...

Wow! I'll try it! Thanks!

lagrancostanza said...

These bows are so lovely! My friend, who's birthday is in a few days, will now get a giftwrapped present with a beautiful paper bow. Thank you for the tutorial!

Mark Bintuu said...

Nice tutorial to make paper bow.

Automotive Patent Agent

reb said...

Your pictorial is by far the clearest to follow. Maybe it's just me but I was actually able to make this ribbon, and I hadn't with the others that I had found. thank you

MySRP said...

I was asked by my boss, randomly, to create a bow quickly using paper and yours was the first tutorial I saw after a Google search - THANK YOU! I was able to do it within a few minutes and he likes it (though he wanted it bigger, LOL and I did it using an 8-1/2" x 8-1/2" piece!) Either way, it was adorable, pretty, and I think I'm gonna start making more when I have presents to give!

MySRP said...

My boss asked me to create a red bow on the fly and I had no clue what to give him. He wanted something "big" for a gift. I tried your tutorial and within 10 minutes (hey, I'm no good at origami, LOL) had something he was pleased with and bonus points scored. THANK YOU for posting this one!

Roberta Duncan said...

What a great idea! I like that you mentioned it's perfect for when mailing gifts. I was perusing all the paper bows and I love too! Thank you for sharing this and the instructions as well.

Abby Marie said...

It was great! But I got super confused on the "push the square in part"

Jack Cruz said...

nice..I that can be classified as unique origami in my Paper Origami blog

chaami said...

thank you for sharing.It looks complicated but you clearly explain each and every steps.

Emgenie said...

Thank you so much ! It's a great help! :))

Norma said...

Tanks, it's very useful.
Ciao
Norma

Mirusha Rajanderan said...

Wow! This is cool! It's very useful for decorating my class with newspapers! :D Thanks!

Mirusha Rajanderan said...

So Cool! And Useful ! :D

Bunnyslady said...

I know that this is an old post; but I just want to thank you for the awesome post. I found you via Jessica Jones at How About Orange. Super excited about making a special bow for my sister-in-law with your tutorial. Xoxo

sakura time said...

thank you so so so so much!!!at last i can do it,even it takes a few times for me to understand & do it!!!