Craft Bonus -- Make Your Own FREE Bowmaker!!!
We all love to embellish our cards with bows, right? Of course, every time I mention in a class that we're going to make a bow, everyone around the table rolls their eyes and there's a huge SIGH circling the table. As a result, I've started pre-making bows for everyone.
However, there's a great way to make your bows simply and perfectly every time!
You may have seen ads selling bow making tools. Below are a few examples of what I've seen online. Some are fairly cheap; some more expensive. (I even have a few of them myself -- two of them were purchased from local Stampin' Up! demonstrators whose husbands make them.)
Well, guess what?! With two items that you probably already have around your house you can make your own bow making tool for free!
Here's what mine looks like:
Ok . . . it's not fancy looking like the others, but it works like a charm!
* Styrofoam Packing Block (mine is 3" deep x 2-1/4" tall x 7-1/2" long
* 1 Bamboo Skewer (cut in half)
With both of the wooden tools I have, the dowels have a tendency to loosen and fall out while I'm using them. Very annoying!!! (Especially when I'm making 100 bows for a stamp camp!)
Here's the magic of this free homemade tool . . . .
1. I can position the skewers wherever I want them to make the size bow I want.
2. When I push them all the way to the bottom, they do not move while I'm using the tool.
3. When I want to make another size bow, I can simply move the skewers to another position.
4. If I want to use wider ribbon, I can use thicker skewers for a sturdier tool.
So far I've been able to reuse the holes I've already made, and because the skewers are pushed all the way to the bottom, they don't shift on the second . . . or third . . . or fourth reuse. But if they do, there's lots more room on the surface to make new holes . . . or I can rotate the block and use another side . . . so I can continue using this piece of Styrofoam for a long time! When it gets to the point that there are too many holes and it's no longer useful, I'll just search my stash for another suitable piece of styrofoam (no, I never toss the styrofoam packing from items I purchase.
Best reason to make this tool? IT'S FREE!!!!!
If you don't know how to use the bow making tool, there are several tutorials on YouTube. I've watched many of the videos and found the two below to be the simplest explanations and easiest for me to understand (one is a side view; the other is a top view).
Hope you found this helpful.