I love bows...all kinds of bows...all shapes, sizes and styles...
There is something about a bow...whether it is a present topper or a bow tie or a simple classic tied bow.  They can be frilly and pretty, eco-friendly, big or small, classic or modern.

⑅ The bow tie originated among Croatian mercenaries during the Prussian wars of the 17th century.  The mercenaries wore a scarf around their neck to keep the neck of their shirts together...this "scarf" slowly developed into the bow tie and necktie.

⑅ The History of the Gift-Wrapping Bow can be found here...but to be short and sweet, it all began in the early 1900s when it became popular to wrap gifts in bleached white paper and wrap it with a red ribbon.  Hallmark introduced wrapping paper in 1917 and it would be held together with ribbon.  After 1920 the 'tape' we know today was introduced which allowed more creativity when it came to ribbon and bows.

⑅The first mechanical bow-making machine was used in 1951...and those were the gift topping bows we know today!

A collection of wonderful bows for the Holiday Season upon us...With an amazing DIY at the end!!!

And now for a DIY....
Photo courtesy of smockpaper.com

Find out how to make these beautiful bows here!! on the Smock Blog!!

Other types of bows...just for fun...and so darn cute!!

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  1. Fantastic post! I learned a couple of things in here!
    Thank you so much for including my handmade paper flower bows in this beautiful collection!

    ~ Dragonfly Expression "For The Love Of Paper"

  2. Thank you for featuring TrashN2Tees upcycled tshirt bow! I really enjoyed the post- I am always fascinated by the history of our traditions! Wishing you a happy holiday season full of bow-tiful things!


  3. Gosh! These are all too cute!!

    found the route

  4. I have just found you through Oh So Lovely Vintage and SO happy about it! I'm addicted to bows too :D

  5. just found your blog, it's beautiful!

  6. all very pretty. i love the paper gift bows. so cute.