how do you mark your spot in your planner? a cute clip to mark the day in my planner is one of my planner must-haves. while there are many available for purchase on etsy and from various planner and craft stores, it’s also fun to make them yourself.
plus, this step by step DIY tutorial even includes a free printable template to help you trace and cut out the paper bow for your planner clip.
what you’ll need
if you subscribe to planner girl provisions, then you already received cardstock and a jumbo paper clip for this project in your march box. pictured here is the echo park paper cardstock that came in this month’s “succulent spring” themed PGP box.
if you have adorable scraps of cardstock lying around, this is a great project to use them up!
- at least one 6×6 piece of cardstock and
- a jumbo paper clip
you will also need:
- a pen or pencil
- glue or adhesive and
- the free printable bow template (downloadable below)
step 1: download and print your free bow template
it takes three specific shapes to create this fabulous paper bow. this printable includes all three shapes for you to print and cut out.
you will use these pieces to trace your bow shapes onto the cardstock of your choice.
step 2: cut out your bow shapes to use as stencils.
i sized this printable so that all three pieces fit onto one 6×6 piece of cardstock. see above.
what i like to do, though, is use two coordinating pieces of cardstock so that the backing and center pieces of the bow are a different pattern from the front of the bow.
as you can see below, i wanted the cute cactus plants to be the star of my bow, so i used that pattern for the large piece. i used a coordinating sheet for the two smaller pieces.
step 3: trace the bow shapes onto cardstock.
depending on how carefully you can cut, you can use a pen or a pencil to trace around the bow shapes on your cardstock. pencil lines, of course, can be erased after cutting, so that it is the safer and neater option.
take a moment to position your stencil on your cardstock in a way that includes the pattern you like. for instance, i placed my stencil diagonally on this cactus print because that would show off the plants the best. if i had placed the bow straight across, i would have cut off the top of each plant, and the pattern wouldn’t be as cute.
with this dot pattern, i decided to have the dots go vertically instead of horizontally so i laid my stencils down accordingly to trace.
step 4: cut out your bow shapes.
next, carefully cut out your bow shapes.
you will fold and glue these three shapes togetherw to create your bow. the bow will then be adhered to the top of your jumbo paper clip.
step 5: fold the large piece into a bow.
fold back both ends of the large piece to meet each other in the center at the back of the “bow.”
remember which side of the cardstock you want to face out. with that pattern facing you, fold each end of the bow BACK. this ensures that the correct pattern faces out. in my case, i wanted the cacti to face out.
i used a standard glue runner to glue down the ends. but you could use hot or a more permanent glue if you like.
step 6: glue your bow to the backing piece.
the stencil shape that looks most like a bow is the backing piece.
glue the large piece you just finished folding onto this backing piece, right in the center. i dabbed glue right at the spot where my folded ends meet in the back of my bow.
here i am pinching the center where i glued to make sure the pieces stick:
here’s the bow from the front:
the secondary dot pattern peeks out from behind the cacti on the face of my bow, which i LOVE.
and, here’s what it looks like from the back:
step 7: wrap the skinny piece around the center of your bow.
this thin center piece really brings the bow together.
first, glue down the bottleneck portion of the piece at the center back.
then, wrap it around the front of the bow and back. finally, glue that end down.
your beautiful bow is done! all that’s left is to affix it to the top of your paper clip!
by the way, you can use these bows for ANYTHING! greeting cards, gift wrapping, the possibilities are endless.
in fact, i even saw one jazz up a little girl’s barette on pinterest. #eastersundaycutenessanybody
step 8: attach the bow to your jumbo paper clip.
now, my printable fits the jumbo paper clip that came in this month’s PGP box. if you’re printer savvy, you could certainly size it down to fit a smaller clip.
but i LOVE this jumbo clip because it’s so fun and festive. it reminds me of the giant level in mario brothers, where all the pipes and mushrooms are GINORMOUS. #80sbabieswhereyouat
i used hot glue where the clip touches the bow. but, you could just use some strong scotch tape to attach the bow to the clip. whatever works!
help! where do i find giant paper clips?
first of all, you don’t have a jumbo paper clip but scrolled this far down? thank you!
or maybe you just need more! either way, here are a few easy-peasy options.
and yes, these are affiliate links.
i have also spied some at home goods and tj maxx, so try your luck there too.
happy crafting #plannerdolls!