Magazine Page Origami Bows

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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

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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.

FYI:
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!

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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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