How to Make Giant Gift Bows

A larger-than-life gift deserves a larger-than-life bow. Learn how to make giant gift bows for big gifts or for holiday decorating — all you need is scissors and duct tape.

Red duct tape bow

Deck The Halls

Use your oversize gift bow as decoration or to adorn a giant gift.

Photo by: Karen Kavett

Karen Kavett

If someone in your life is lucky enough to get a giant gift this holiday, make it extra special by crafting a giant gift bow to match. These giant duct tape gift bows also make festive decorations for doors, windows or anywhere that needs a big burst of holiday cheer. They’re easier than you think to put together, and once you learn the technique you can make custom bows of any size.

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DIY Giant Gift Bow
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Make Strips of Tape

Cut a strip of duct tape (Image 1) and cover the sticky side with two additional strips (Image 2). Fold them over the edge to get a long strip of tape with all of the sticky sides covered up (Image 3). Make one that is 11-1/4 inches, three that are 22-1/2 inches and three that are 25 inches (Image 4).

Make Figure Eights

Tape the shortest piece into a circle (Image 1). Tape each of the six longer pieces into a figure eight shape by twisting and taping each end to the center (Image 2-4).

Tape Sections Together

Make small loops of tape to hold the larger figure eights together while you stack them up (Image 1 + 2). Use more tape to hold the three pieces together (Image 3). Repeat with the smaller figure eights (Image 4).

Stack Into a Gift Bow

Use more loops of tape to stack the three sections to make a gift bow (Image 1 + 2). Use additional tape as needed to keep all of it secure (Image 3 + 4).

Deck The Halls

Use your oversize gift bow as a decoration or to adorn a giant gift.

Make Bigger or Smaller Bows

Make bigger or smaller bows the same way, by adjusting the measurements but keeping the ratios between them even. Try using different colors to match any color scheme you like!

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