Magazine Page Origami Bows


Thought the only way to recycle magazine pages is to shred them into a fun shape? Nope! With a few snips and a little attention to detail, your old magazines can make you tons of these nifty origami bows, which I found through my trusty friend How About Orange. They’re pretty versatile; you could go the traditional route and slap them on top of a gift (they’re flat, so they’re great if you need to stack or mail gifts!), or just stick a few on your wall to jazz things up.

Get your fingertips ready for some creasing, because this project is super cute, but it requires a gentle, yet precise hand.

What you need:
– 1 magazine page
– scissors
– ruler


Any magazine page will work, but the more colorful the page, the more colorful your resulting bow will be. I decided to be punny and make a bow out of a page about bows.

What to do:
1. Using a ruler to measure, trim your magazine page to a 6″x6″ square. (You could use any size square, really, but 6″x6″ is a good practice size.)
2. Follow these steps (via Let’s Create)
3. Voila! Repeat as necessary.

For those of you who aren’t up on your origami lingo, “mountain fold” means to fold the paper so that the crease is popping out toward you; “valley fold” means to fold the paper so that the crease is indented downward toward the table.

Happy folding!


About Brenna McKinley

I'm a two-time Marist College grad with degrees in Communications (BA) and Integrated Marketing Communication (MA).

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