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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Do you need a gift idea? Try this super easy bow holder!

I have made several of these great little bow holders for baby showers & birthdays. They are so easy and quick to make, (and inexpensive, too!)  They can make a very personal and useful gift for that special someone :0)

Here is a list of supplies:
*White wood letter (I got mine at Hobby Lobby, 50% off)
*paper of your choice (I used Sophia L2, pink polka dot & Pear Cardstock) X7131B
*Chocolate ink Z2111
*Sanding Kit Z1294
*Sponge Z697
*Finishing Files Z1091
Memory Book Glue Dots 1772
Matte Mod Podge
Pink Assortment Buttons Z1370
Coordinating Ribbon
I first turn the paper over to the back side, and turn the letter over.  Trace around the letter and cut it out.  Once you cut it, then you can apply a thin coat of Mod Podge onto the letter and smooth the paper on top.

If there are bubbles, smooth them out carefully by pressing and gently rubbing the paper. Don't put Mod Podge on top yet.  While you allow that to dry, go ahead and start the flower.

Cut several size circles (they don't have to be perfect).  I usually use about 4 or 5.
Once you cut them out, then you can fold them in half, then in half again, then in half again.  When you open it up, it will have creases that can easily be distressed using the sanding block. You do not have to distress it, but it went well with the "shabby" look that I was trying to achieve.
Once they are all distressed, you can ink the edges or just leave them white (this is why I LOVE CTMH cardstock...WHITE CORE, Baby!!!)  When you are happy with the look, take your Glue Dots and attach the circles together.

Next, pull the smallest middle circle and "crumple" it up.  Do the same with the others, one at a time, until all are crumpled into the center.
You may then go ahead and carefully open them back up, being careful not to flatten it out too much...this is your completed flower!  You can now add a button to the center.

Your letter should be dry enough by now, so go ahead and begin to carefully sand the edges using the sanding block (you can use the finishing files for the small nooks and crannies) .  This is to make sure that it looks as seamless as possible.  Once you have sanded,  you can go ahead and ink the edges with the chocolate ink and sponge.

Once you have inked the edges, then you can add a layer of Mod Podge to the top.  This is to seal and protect the top of the letter.  If you have bubbles, take a little Mod Podge on your finger and rub it on top of the bubble to help press it down.  If you get wrinkles, don't worry, it's handmade and shabby! :0)

Now use extra sticky Glue Dots or a staple gun to attach the ribbon to the bottom, back of the letter.  (If your letter only has one "leg" then only attach one ribbon)

Now attach your handmade flower and you are done!

For an extra-special gift, I like to add a few bows to give as well!  (A girl can never have too many!)

Happy Scrappin'

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