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Turning a page of a magazine into a gift bow is easy once you get the hang of it.  You just need to hang a little to get it right.  This was my second bow.

1 Turning a page of a magazine into a gift bow is easy once you get the hang of it. You just need to hang a little to get it right. This was my second bow.

You start by picking pages in colors that you like and cutting strips of various sizes. For the dudes, I cut up pages with beer and liquor ads.

2 You start by picking pages in colors that you like and cutting strips of various sizes. For the dudes, I cut up pages with beer and liquor ads.

The first step in making the bow is folding one of the longest strips in half like this.

3 The first step in making the bow is folding one of the longest strips in half like this.

Next you fold and tape together the loose ends to make a figure eight shape. If you want triangles to hold their shapes at the ends, just press them down a little to get a crease.

4 Next you fold and tape together the loose ends to make a figure eight shape. If you want triangles to hold their shapes at the ends, just press them down a little to get a crease.

You keep making figure eights and stacking them, getting smaller as you go, sticking each layer with a little glue or double-sided tape.

5 You keep making figure eights and stacking them, getting smaller as you go, sticking each layer with a little glue or double-sided tape.

For the final center twist, use a very short strip to make a little cylinder and tape it into the middle.

6 For the final center twist, use a very short strip to make a little cylinder and tape it into the middle.

My first attempt at a bow is far from perfect, but still festive. It took less than two minutes to make.

7 My first attempt at a bow is far from perfect, but still festive. It took less than two minutes to make.

Steve and Scott worked hard to make their bows in studio.

8 Steve and Scott worked hard to make their bows in studio.

Scott's turned out close to perfect.

9 Scott's turned out close to perfect.

Steve went for a more rounded bow, and added a chain to wrap around the gift as well.

10 Steve went for a more rounded bow, and added a chain to wrap around the gift as well.

Scott and Steve display their bows, and Maura holds another crafty holiday gift: a mix CD of Christmas tunes.  Scott makes one every year for his friends, never repeating a song!

11 Scott and Steve display their bows, and Maura holds another crafty holiday gift: a mix CD of Christmas tunes. Scott makes one every year for his friends, never repeating a song!

It's Crafting with Dudes: Christmas Edition! Today Crafternoon author Maura Madden, Morning Living engineer Steve Gonzalez, and Sirius XM web editor Scott Frampton joined us in studio to talk Christmas crafts and transform pages torn from magazines into festive gift bows. The project was featured in this month's Whole Living magazine, so you can get the instructions here. It appealed to us because it's eco-friendly, simple, thrifty, and it's sure to save you from giving anyone a lame gift wrapping job because you ran out of bows at 2 am on December 23rd. It's slightly trickier than it looks to get the bows to look nice, but don't get discouraged: All of us made pretty nice looking bows by the second try.

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  • Buenas Tardes Martha,mujeres al mando!! por colocar ideas tan jeniales ,dar oprtunidad a lograr los sueños que dejamos por miedo a enfrentarnos con un Goliat, aunque tenemos las llave de la gracia le damos mucha importancia a los comentarios negativos De los demas. cortare la cabeza del goliat !! victorias que podremos lograr.gracias !!!

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  • it's so beautiful and looks easy to make. I'll try making them this holiday season. Thank you for the how-to. It's really a big help!

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