While researching models for a recent Christmas Origami workshop I came across a pair of beautiful geometric gift bows; the perfect handmade touch for your gift wrapping this year.
The first bow (above middle) is the easiest. I used these high quality, printable instructions from the excellent Origami-fun website: Origami gift bow.
Alternatively, these video instructions from 1000 Crafts are clear and easy to follow.
The second gift bow is another 8-pointed star. This one has a slightly fiddly fold halfway through, but it is well explained in this video by Tavin's Origami Instructions, and has a stunning end result.
Each bow turns out to be about a quarter the size (area-wise) of the original sheet of paper.
So all that's left to do is to choose your gift-wrap colour-scheme :) I wrapped with brown kraft paper and found some beautiful matching mandala-themed paper that reminded me a little of snowflakes. Happy wrapping!
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