Magazines are great to keep around the house for a while. You can go back to them again and again. But what happens when you find an old magazine. You’ve read through it multiple times, it’s outdated, and you just don’t know what do with it anymore? DIY bows are great for two reasons. They allow you to use up your old magazines without sending them to the landfill or recycling plant just yet. Plus, you will be saving money by never having to buy bows for the holidays ever again!

Here’s what you will need:

An old magazine, ruler, something to cut with (scissors or x-acto knife, or paper cutter), adhesive (glue stick or glue gun or rubber cement)


Here’s how to do it:

Step 1: Find your magazine pages

Colorful ads with few words are best. Your bow will look extra nice if you can find a page that has lots of color on both sides of the page.


Step 2: Measure out 9 even strips

For an average magazine, we find that a good width is to measure them to be 2 cm wide. You can adjust accordingly.

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Step 3: Adjust the strip lengths

Group them into threes. Keep one group at the full length, cut the second group one inch shorter, and cut the third group two inches shorter. Make a mark in the middle of each strip.

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Step 4: Twist and glue the strips into infinity loops

The design that you want to be prominent on the bows should be on the bottom side of the loop.

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Step 5: Attach the three largest loops

Arrange your nine loops in order of size. Start by gluing the three largest loops into a star shape

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Step 6: Attach the smaller loops

Continue with the middle group of infinity loops and finish off with the group of short loops.

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Step 7: Create a loop for the final touch

Get your scrap strips that you made from the small loops. Using two of the longer strips, glue them into a loop.


Step 8: Attach the loop

Put some glue in the center of your bow and attach the final loop for the finishing touches.


Step 9: Let dry and decorate!

Ta-Da! Give your bows some time to dry and then attach them to a birthday gift. You can experiment with different sizes of bows by cutting the strips to be different lengths, widths. Make a fuller bow by  making your infinity loops fatter (as seen in the bow on the right) or adding on a fourth row of infinity loops.