Dean & DeLuca Gift Bows

December 2, 2011 · 16 comments · Print This Post

in Gift Ideas, Holidays / Entertaining, To Buy / To Try


It’s a regular Christmas miracle people! I’ve done something crafty and lived to tell the tale. I re-discovered the How About Orange homemade gift bow tutorial recently while reviewing the “Christmas” tag on my Delicious account. This was an item I’d saved way back in 2009 when I can only assume I was suffering from some sort of holiday induced delusion. Of course I had just recycled all of the magazines that had been laying around the apartment so I had to wait until something suitable arrived in the mail.


Then yesterday a Dean & DeLuca catalog appeared and the glossy food-filled pages seemed irresistibly perfect for the project. Cutting out the strips for the bows was surprisingly easy although the cats insisted that they help so the process involved a lot of, “Stop it Watson!” and “Dexter No!” exclamations. I definitely re-affirmed how completely non-craft minded I am though when it came time to shape each section into loops. CK eventually had to show me how to do it. You can probably tell from the images which one I made completely wrong and the two that are shaped correctly.

The instructions mention using something called “glue dots” to put the bow together. I just used tape. Glue dots sound like something a serious crafter would have on hand at all times so I bet some of you have a ready supply. It took me 90 minutes to make three bows so keep that in mind. Regardless, I think they’re still pretty cute! Can you tell which pages I used?

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kristen December 2, 2011 at 4:54 pm

Erin I am so proud of you! And absolutely love these, they are awesome. Bows are the one thing I don’t have yet this year – should I venture down this road?? I do indeed have glue dots on hand. I thought everyone did. 😉

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2 Erin December 4, 2011 at 6:39 am

I knew you’d have glue dots! I just knew it…

I feel like the prom queen just complimented my highlights in a YA novel aka I’m basking in your praise as you know you’re my craft idol. xo

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3 A Plum By Any Other Name December 3, 2011 at 5:46 am

Oh wow. Consider me 100% impressed. Not only do your bows look AWESOME, but they are food themed! Brava, my good woman.

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4 Erin December 4, 2011 at 6:34 am

Thank you Emily! I’m pretty shocked that I managed to pull a few of these together. I really am a complete craft dunce 😉

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5 Hänni December 3, 2011 at 7:00 am

Great results! I’ve always just MacGuvered my homemade bows and they look BAD compared to those. Somebody’s pinning that technique!

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6 Erin December 4, 2011 at 6:33 am

Thanks Hänni! My mom used to make bows out of thick ribbons somehow in a “MacGyvered” fashion too, but for the life of me I can’t remember how that worked.

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7 Kris December 3, 2011 at 4:05 pm

They look great. I’m tempted, but when having to choose between spending my limited free time on crafts or video games turning my brain off to play video games with the hubby always seems to win.

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8 Erin December 4, 2011 at 6:30 am

Shut your door and make one each day in the office at lunchtime. No one will be the wiser 😉

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9 Pam December 4, 2011 at 7:58 am

Look at you, being ultra-crafty this season!! These look so awesome!

By the way, I was at the craft store yesterday after reading this post and saw a whole bin filled with glue dots. I almost bought some in honor of you 😉

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10 Erin December 5, 2011 at 11:56 am

Ahhh….I see how it is. Now all of you crafty goddesses are taunting me with your super special glue dots 😉 Sure…sure…poke the bear Pam. Poke the bear 😛

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11 Bee December 4, 2011 at 12:45 pm

What a cute idea! I wish I had more foodie friends to try this on! 🙂

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12 Erin December 5, 2011 at 11:53 am

Hi Bee – no need to limit it to foodie friends. I think the pages of Cosmo, Vogue, or even Real Simple would have great layouts to make into bows 🙂

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13 Julia Barrett December 5, 2011 at 7:45 am

Erin this is the coolest thing I have ever seen!!!

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14 Erin December 5, 2011 at 11:58 am

Thank you so much Julia! Trying to get my blogging/creative mojo back… I’m glad you enjoyed these cheeky little things 🙂

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15 Maggie at Eat Boutique December 5, 2011 at 12:16 pm

So so impressed. LOVE them!!

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16 nicole December 22, 2011 at 10:11 am

these look sooo good.

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