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{Mother’s Day Gift} Brown Paper Bag Bow and Flower

When is ribbon not exactly ribbon? When it’s made from a simple brown paper bag! Yes you heard it right, a Microsoft Word - Flower pot with Bowdabra bow.docxbrown paper lunch bag. It doesn’t matter if it has wrinkles because after you paint it you are going to wrinkle it on purpose! Use this brown paper ribbon to glam up an ordinary terra cotta flowerpot. And if you made the recycled brown paper rose pen, fill the pot with aquarium gravel or beans and use it to store your pens! Adorable! And wouldn’t mom just love this on Mother’s Day. Kids can easily make this with a little help.

Be sure to head on over to my blog to learn how to make a brown paper bag rose!

You will need:

  • Brown paper lunch bag
  • Acrylic paint in desired color (I used copper metallic)
  • Acrylic water based stain in brown
  • Acrylic gloss sealer (Mod Podge is a good one)
  • Small paintbrush
  • Mini Bowdabra w/Ruler
  • Bowdabra bow wire
  • Tacky craft glue
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Waxed paper
  • Paper towels

Instructions:

1. Make the ribbon. Cover your work surface with waxed paper. Cut open your brown paper bag with scissors. Lay it flat. Brush a layer of acrylic paint on the bag and let dry. Turn over and paint the other side. Let dry.

{Mother's Day Gift} Brown Paper Bag Bow and Flower

{Mother’s Day Gift} Brown Paper Bag Bow and Flower

 

{Mother's Day Gift} Brown Paper Bag Bow and Flower

{Mother’s Day Gift} Brown Paper Bag Bow and Flower

 

{Mother's Day Gift} Brown Paper Bag Bow and Flower

{Mother’s Day Gift} Brown Paper Bag Bow and Flower

 

2. Scrunch up the painted bag into a ball. You want the wrinkles since they will give dimension to your ribbon. Open it up and lay it flat. Brush a layer of brown acrylic stain over the bag. Wipe off the excess with a paper towel. You will see that the stain stays in the wrinkles. Let dry. You only need to do this to one side. After the stain has dried, brush on a coat of gloss acrylic sealer and let dry completely.

{Mother's Day Gift} Brown Paper Bag Bow and Flower

{Mother’s Day Gift} Brown Paper Bag Bow and Flower

 

{Mother's Day Gift} Brown Paper Bag Bow and Flower

{Mother’s Day Gift} Brown Paper Bag Bow and Flower

 

{Mother's Day Gift} Brown Paper Bag Bow and Flower

{Mother’s Day Gift} Brown Paper Bag Bow and Flower

 

3. Working on the non-stained side measure and cut a strip ¾” wide by the length of the bag piece. Spread some glue all around the rim of the terra cotta pot and apply the strip. Cut any excess off and glue down. Let dry.

{Mother's Day Gift} Brown Paper Bag Bow and Flower

{Mother’s Day Gift} Brown Paper Bag Bow and Flower

 

{Mother's Day Gift} Brown Paper Bag Bow and Flower

{Mother’s Day Gift} Brown Paper Bag Bow and Flower

 

Make the Mini Bowdabra Bow:
1. Cut a piece of Bowdabra bow wire 18” in length and place in the Mini Bowdabra bowmaker with ruler.

{Mother's Day Gift} Brown Paper Bag Bow and Flower

{Mother’s Day Gift} Brown Paper Bag Bow and Flower

 

2. Cut another of ¾” wide strip of paper and insert in the Mini Bowmaker to the 3 inch line.

{Mother's Day Gift} Brown Paper Bag Bow and Flower

{Mother’s Day Gift} Brown Paper Bag Bow and Flower

 

3. Twist the ribbon to the stained side and make loop at the 1 inch line on the opposite side.

{Mother's Day Gift} Brown Paper Bag Bow and Flower

{Mother’s Day Gift} Brown Paper Bag Bow and Flower

 

4. Make a matching loop on the other side twisting to the stained side of the ribbon.

{Mother's Day Gift} Brown Paper Bag Bow and Flower

{Mother’s Day Gift} Brown Paper Bag Bow and Flower

 

5. Bring the end piece and place in the bowmaker ending at the 3-inch line and cut. Scrunch down with the wand.

{Mother's Day Gift} Brown Paper Bag Bow and Flower

{Mother’s Day Gift} Brown Paper Bag Bow and Flower

 

6. Tie the bow wire tight and remove from the Bowmaker. Tie a knot in the back and cut short.

{Mother's Day Gift} Brown Paper Bag Bow and Flower

{Mother’s Day Gift} Brown Paper Bag Bow and Flower

 

7. Arrange the loops. Fold the ends in half and cut to make points.

{Mother's Day Gift} Brown Paper Bag Bow and Flower

{Mother’s Day Gift} Brown Paper Bag Bow and Flower

 

8. Cut a ¼” strip of paper and fold and glue around the center of the bow. Fold the ends lengthwise and cut into two points.

{Mother's Day Gift} Brown Paper Bag Bow and Flower

{Mother’s Day Gift} Brown Paper Bag Bow and Flower

 

9. Add a generous dab of tacky glue to the trim around the rim and apply the bow. Let the glue dry completely.

{Mother's Day Gift} Brown Paper Bag Bow and Flower

{Mother’s Day Gift} Brown Paper Bag Bow and Flower

 

Add a plant or if you are putting floral pens add some aquarium gravel to the pot.

{Mother's Day Gift} Brown Paper Bag Bow and Flower

{Mother’s Day Gift} Brown Paper Bag Bow and Flower

 

{Mother's Day Gift} Brown Paper Bag Bow and Flower

{Mother’s Day Gift} Brown Paper Bag Bow and Flower

 

{Mother's Day Gift} Brown Paper Bag Bow and Flower

{Mother’s Day Gift} Brown Paper Bag Bow and Flower

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