Monday with Megan…it’s the “bow” show!

Monday with Megan…it’s the “bow” show!


Today is all about Botox . . . errr, make that bow-talks! Talking the bow trend, that is! Bows are big. Big in fashion. Big in home decor. And big in crafts. Let’s explore this bow business further.

Bow Knows Fashion

Look at these pretty bows making fashions bright.


Secret Rebel Bow Stud Set by Forever21

Lacquered Bow Cocktail Ring


Mini Bows Sweatshirt by J Crew

Bow Knows Home

A bow shower curtain? Is this bow-gus? Nope. It’s the real deal! And the bathroom isn’t the only place bows show. Check out these bows for the home!


Juliet Bow Shower Curtain by Bed Bath & Beyond

 Prim & Proper Dishtowel by Anthropologie


Bow Throw Pillow by The Land of Nod

Bow Knows Crafts

The scrapbooking, card-making, and general crafting world isn’t about to miss out on this hulla-bow-loo. Take a look!


Tim Holtz Alterations Bow Die by Sizzix

 Vintage Trinkets Bows by Maya Road


Oh Darling Bow Clothespins by Crate Paper

 Maggie Holmes Styleboard Bow Die by Crate Paper

 Wanderlust Fabric Bows by Studio Calico

Build a Bow, Yo!

Once a month, I thought it would be fun to offer you a quick trend-related tutorial. How does that sound? In this case, I thought I’d show you one of my favorite ways to make a bow.

 What You’ll Need

Crepe Paper (or any light-weight paper) + Washi Tape (or other decorative tape) + Stapler + 5 minutes (yup, it’s as quick as it is easy).


Step 1: Fold 20” (approximately) strip of crepe over in half.


Step 2: Fold into thirds, overlapping by about 1/2” in the center.


Step 3: Pinch center together, forming bow shape.


Step 4: Staple to secure.


Step 5: Wrap washi tape around center.


 It’s a regular bow-nanza!

Here are additional bows I created following the same approach but with different paper.




This bow show continues on my blog, with an additional bow technique made using a basic heart punch. Plus, I put the bows from this post to work on a few different projects.

Bow the Distance

Want more bow how-tos and bow-nified paper projects? Check out my “Bows” Pinterest page.

Bow no! Looks like we’re out of time today. Thanks for being willing to go bow with me today. I’d love to know how you plan on using bows on your projects.

Bows truly,

Megan Hoeppner



  1. barbara macaskill February 10, 2014 at 11:30 am

    Thanks for keeping me in the Bow Know!! Love your handmade bows! So quick and easy!! TFS!

  2. Barbara Staradumsky February 10, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    I always struggle with making bows so when I saw this in my email I had to hop right over and see how to do it correctly! Thanks so so much! I’ve pinned it so I won’t forget! :o)

  3. NinaN February 10, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    Crepe paper bows will be the perfect addition to the goody bags for my daughter’s birthday party! Thank you!

  4. Jean Marmo February 10, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    Super cute bows and so easy to make!

  5. Megan Hoeppner February 10, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    Oh, yay! Love reading your feedback on this quick tutorial! It sounds like you have some fabulous bow business to attend to, which is awesome! I love the idea of using them on goody bags, Nina! And bravo to you, Barbara, for the fine bow pun…bow know…excellent! 🙂
    Thanks, friends, for your feedback. Enjoy getting your bow on!

  6. Frances February 10, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    Hey Megan, thanks for this tutorial and your additional bowing presentation of ideas! Really like the idea of scrunching up paper for and easy bowing touch to a card. Will definitely use this idea on a card with some bowtastic washi! Enjoyed your post as usual! Thanks.

  7. Cassi February 10, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    Love this! Showing all the products AND the tutorial is such a great combination for my crafty appetite.

  8. Maryann S. February 10, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    Have always loved making bows – this just reignited my interest & gave me some Great! ideas. Thanks!!!! ✔️

  9. Megan Hoeppner February 10, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    So, so happy to read it, Frances, Cassi and Maryann. You’ll all have to post links if you end up making bows anytime soon. I’d love to see! Thanks for the fun comments!

  10. Julie Pike February 10, 2014 at 11:28 pm

    Bows are so much fun. Thanks for sharing so many ways to enjoy them. I think I need to go make some right away!

  11. TracyM #6773 February 11, 2014 at 3:16 am

    LOVE your BOWS and BOW-HOW Megan!!!
    Thank you for sharing your BOW SHOW 🙂

  12. Renee VanEpps February 11, 2014 at 9:06 am

    THANKS for the bow-nus BOW tutorial! I like tutorials all the time, any time 😉 AND… I really needed a smile today, and all of your fun word plays really turned my frown upside down! Finally, I didn’t realize bows were this easy, or that Crate Paper had DIES!!!!!! Great post and have a beautiful day 🙂

  13. Kathleen Spaeth February 11, 2014 at 9:43 am

    This wonderful Article, and Tutorial, is Bow-tastic. It also has me all wound up and Bow-ribboned. It is so nice to see an Old Trend come back around to be a New Trend. I Love how you showed us all the Bow-licious Products and I am excited that Bows with Mini Clothes Pins are back. How easy will it be to make my own batch, since I have some mini plain clothes pins in my stash, and attach them to my Cards and Scrapbook Pages. It could hold a Gift Card, a Photo., a Journal Card, etc. Look how easy it is too make them. Thank you Megan for the inspiration.

  14. Beverly Jordan February 12, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Wow! Thanks for the inspiration! Love these gorgeous bows!

  15. stacie d February 19, 2014 at 12:17 am

    Thanks for the bow ideas!

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