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 for greeting cards.  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. Rotate 90 degree


mountain fold, crease well and unfold.

you should have this.
Flip the paper over, valley fold diagonally, crease well, and unfold. Rotate 90 degree

valley fold, 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. 

I just reopened my ETSY SHOP.  I will be adding more new items soon.  Thanks for looking.
 
Helen

161 comments:

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

    Cheers
    Sonia
    http://cardsandschoolprojects.blogspot.com

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

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

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  4. Thanks for the tutorial and have a nice break.

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

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  6. 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.

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  7. Excellent tutorial - Thank you!

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  8. 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!

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  9. 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!

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  10. Love origami! What a great looking bow!

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  11. 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.

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  12. 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

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

    Hope all is well with you and yours.

    Hugs,

    Monica

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  14. 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/

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

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

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

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  18. Thank you for the thorough instructions!

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  19. 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...

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  20. 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

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  21. 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

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  22. 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!

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  23. 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!!

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  24. 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!

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  25. 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

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

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

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  28. 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!

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

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

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  31. 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 :)

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

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

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

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

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

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  37. 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

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  38. What a great tutorial thank you!

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  39. Excellent tutorial! Thanks!

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  40. 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!!

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

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  42. 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!

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  43. 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...

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

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  45. 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!

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

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

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  48. 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

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

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

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  51. it came out awsome, thanks.

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  53. it was so easy and cute :D

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

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  55. so beautiful
    may I translate it into Indonesian
    in my blog

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  56. 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

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

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

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  59. Wow!! Loved this tutorial!! Thanks for sharing

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  60. 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

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

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

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

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

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  65. Lovely!
    Made mine into a hairclip!

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

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

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

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

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

    Candy

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  71. 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 . . . :)

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

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  73. 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 :)

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

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

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  76. 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!

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

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

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

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  80. 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.

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

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

    xo, Sophie

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  83. AMAZING! Thank-you!!!

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  84. 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!!

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

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  86. 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!

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  87. 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!

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  88. Great Idea. Thank you!

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

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

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  91. 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?

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  92. 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?

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

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  94. Hi there! I simply want to give you a huge thumbs
    up for the great information you have here on this post. I
    will be coming back to your blog for more soon.
    Here is my blog : Plan My Baby

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

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

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

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  98. 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

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

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

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

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  102. Simply wonderful, many thanks.

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

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

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

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  106. Best origami tutorial ever!

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  107. 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

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

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  109. I did it, it´s beautiful. thak you

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  110. I did it, that´s beautiful. thak you

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

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

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

    Thanks for the tutorial!

    thea.
    (spoonfulzine.com)

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  114. 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.

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

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

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

    :)

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

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

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

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  121. 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!

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  122. 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

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  123. 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!

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  124. 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!

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  125. 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.

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

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

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

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

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  130. Tanks, it's very useful.
    Ciao
    Norma

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

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  132. 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

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  133. 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!!!

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  134. Awesome origami bow tutorial, thanks so much for sharing.

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  135. Really great tutorial! Thank you so much!!!

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  136. Hi! I think this is very helpful! (: Thanks for sharing.

    jadebufete.blogspot.com

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  137. Great clear instructions
    Loved them <3 <3 <3

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  138. Thanks for sharing i love it!!!!

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  139. Great tutorial!!! Thanks for sharing!

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  140. Thank you so much! Can't wait to try this! You are awesome!!! 😃👍❤️

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  141. lovely tutorial saw your blog advertised in a craft magazine for the bows so have come over to take a look

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  142. It was wonderful post. My kid really loved it and even me also loved it in making the bow. It came out exactly at it was posted in the pics.

    Thanks,
    Avi

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  143. Thanks for your very clear instructions. I'm still trying to master making the bow without looking at them!

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  144. It was very easy to make it. Steps were so clear. Thanks.

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  145. It was very easy to make it. Steps were so clear. Thanks.

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