Posts Tagged gift bows

Don’t Throw Away your Magazines!


You don’t have to save the entire magazine, necessarily. Just go through it and tear out the pages that have lots of nice colors and good images on them, then throw the rest of the magazine into the recycle bin. Make gift bows with the pages you saved! It’ll save you tons of money during the holidays, especially. Bags of gift bows at Xmas time cost a few dollars each, but these bows are $0! You already pay for the magazine subscriptions, right? Well, get your money out of them twice! Or you could just mail the pages you tear out to me… I’ll use ’em :)


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More Gift Bows!

I love these things! They’re fun.



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ArtsFest at GSU

Oh my gosh, I have been so incredibly busy the past few weeks. I haven’t really been posting anything new in my Etsy shop or any new links to my Facebook page or posts on here… I’ve been working 24/7 at creating things to sell at ArtsFest next Saturday at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, GA, down in south Georgia near Savannah. Georgia Southern is my alma mater. I graduated from there in 2008 with a double major in Art History and Studio Arts (just a credit or two shy of Painting, I decided I had been in school long enough and Studio Arts looked good enough, right?).

Anyway, ArtsFest has been an annual event down there for how many years? Almost 30, I believe. It used to be called the Youth Arts Festival, but now it’s geared more towards people of all ages, not just kids. I know I’ve been going almost every year since I was in kindergarten or something like that. Two years ago, Molly had her birthday party there. It was just a little get together of her and a few of her friends and they all went around and did the crafts together, and got their faces painted and stuff like that.

So this year I have a booth in the Artists’ Market down there. I’m so excited! I’ve gone as a kid, as a student, as a volunteer, as a mom, and this year I get to go as an artist. Pretty cool. I’m listed under the Artists’ Market as Upcycled Art by Maggie Horne Thomas. Some of the things I’m selling- gift bows from book pages and magazine pages, recycled gift tags from cereal boxes and etc., decoupaged keepsake boxes, decoupaged frames and mirrors, assorted quilled ornaments, paper ornaments made from book pages, book sculptures, hair bows, and framed, mixed media collages. Most of these things are listed in my Etsy shop or pictures of them are in my Facebook albums.

I’ll write up another quick blog post later this week as soon as I get closer to finishing all the items for sale, and I’ll make sure I post pictures. Right now, I’ve got to get to work!!

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Upcycled Gift Bows with Toys

Here are some samples of little toy-filled gift bows I’ve made over time.  These absolutely charming paper gift bows are handmade using pages from “Jack and Jill,” a children’s magazine. Each is accented in the center with a cute little toy, letting you decorate your gift with a gift! Each bow measures almost 5″ in diameter.

These can be sold individually or as many in a set as you like. If you’re interested,  leave me a comment or send me a convo over on my Etsy page, and I will post a special order listing for you!

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Gift Bows Made From Books!

What a creative way to recycle! Add a handmade flair to your gifts with these awesome paper gift bows made from books!

Sold in a set of ten (!), these absolutely charming paper gift bows are handmade using pages from various paperback books, such as used textbooks and romance novels, giving them an antique/vintage look and feel. Each bow measures approximately 2 3/4″ in diameter.





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