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Your stockings are hung, your halls are decked, and it’s time to wrap up all of those presents. But you’ve got a problem. You’re tired of boring old candy cane paper and ribbons.
We’ve got an answer for this holiday head-scratcher, the 35mm film bow!
Get excited to wrap, this DIY will you have your showing off your festive craftiness AND your love of photography at the same time. It’s nothing short of a holiday miracle!
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Why it’s cool:
Upcycling is everywhere, and this is a crafty, simple, and creative way to take all of those negatives that might otherwise sit in a closet or on a shelf for years and put them to use! Plus, we can’t think of a more impressive way to top of a gift for a photo-loving pal.
Best of all, you might even have everything you need to make them around the house already. Mark our words, film bows are gonna be all the rage this year.
What you’ll need:
- Film Negatives
- Double Sided Tape
STEP 1: Develop
If you already have negatives laying around in a box somewhere, pull ‘em out! If not, you can shoot new ones, or even have blank film developed.
(You can even give your favorite friendly local film developers a call and see if they have any cast offs or abandoned negatives that were never picked up.)
For the project, you’ll need 6 standard sized strips about 6” long each.
Step 2: Stick some shapes
Stick it down ⅛” from the short edge of your negative strip, remove the backing, then bend the strip over so the edges are even with the tape sandwiched between them. Squeeae it to make sure the adhesive sticks.
Go ahead and keep going at this step until you have five pieces.
Step 3: Spiral stack
Do this until you’re out of petal pieces.
A tip: each petal will need to be less than 90 degrees from the previous one in order for all five to fit evenly.
Step 4: AKA the cherry on top
Cut it down to a shorter size, about 5″, then use another strip of double sided tape, but this time make a circle instead of a petal.
Add one last strip of tape to middle of your flower, and press the round piece down on it.
Step 4: Decorate!
Why Stop There?