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Gift Wrapping: Floppy Bow

Source: Martha Stewart Living


This wrap and bow were created using extra bits of paper; no ribbons or costly trimmings are necessary. The following instructions are for the box dimensions shown: 6-by-4 1/2-by-4 1/2-inch.


  • 6-by-4 1/2-by-4 1/2-inch box

  • Two 24-by-1-inch strips of paper (or, if paper isn't long enough, cut two 12-by-1-inch strips)

  • Two 17-by-1-inch strips of paper

  • Two 13 1/2-by-1-inch strips of paper

  • Two 10 1/2-by-1-inch strips of paper

  • Two 6-by-1-inch strips of paper

  • Two 3-by-1-inch strips of paper

  • Scissors

  • Tape


  1. Wrap each package in the traditional way. Using the same paper, construct "bows" for the tops, which cascade down the sides of the box. Each piece of paper is applied using a 1 1/2 to 2-inch tape roll -- a piece of tape secured to itself at both ends. (Double-sided tape can be used, but tape rolls give the best results.)

  2. Tape the ends of each strip together to form a circle. Pinch the top and bottom of each circle, except the smallest circle, together to form two loops. (If using 12-inch strips, form each into one loop. Tape together at ends to form one large piece with two loops.)

  3. Tape one of the two largest pieces on center of the box top; the loops should cascade down the sides of the box. Place second large piece over the first so they crisscross.

  4. Repeat with remaining pieces, building bow with the longest pieces on bottom, the shortest on top. Place the last circle in the center of bow.

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