Monday, May 5, 2014

Flowerpot with Bowdabra bow

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When is ribbon not exactly ribbon? When it’s made from a simple brown paper bag! Yes you heard it right, a brown 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.
Rose pen tutorial:
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
Bowdabra mini bowmaker with ruler
Bowdabra bow wire
Tacky craft glue
Waxed paper

Paper towels
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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

  Arrange the loops. 

1.    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.

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


  1. Hi Crystal. Thanks so much for linking up to Merry Monday. Your project came out lovely. I really love using different things to make crafts. BTW- I tried to use your stumbleupon icon in the sidebar to share your post, but it doesn't show a picture after it's been shared? I tweeted your project though.

  2. Oh my goodness! This looks like so much fun to make! I love your reuse of products that could be laying around the house! Such a great post to have shared with us at Countdown in Style!

  3. It's amazing what you can make from such a simple thing that we all have in the house. A beautiful bow to share with us. Thanks for linking up with Countdown in Style.


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