Make Your Own DIY Christmas Gift Bows Using Strips of 35mm Film


With Christmas just around the corner, here’s a clever DIY craft idea for adding some photographic cheer to your gift giving this year: adorn your presents with gift bows made out of 35mm film strips.

The idea is by the folks over at Photojojo, and is a simple way to upcycle some strips of film that might otherwise be destined for the garbage bin.

Simply slice the film to strips of about half a foot, stick each strips on top of itself using double-sided tape to create the petals, stick five petals together to create the bow, and finally place a circle strip smack dab in the middle of the flower to complete the bow:


The resulting presents are sure to put a smile on the recipient’s face, especially if they’re a lover of photography like you.


Head on over to Photojojo for the longer step-by-step tutorial on how to make these bows.

Craft 35mm Film Bows for Holiday Gifts [Photojojo]

P.S. For an alternative look, you can also slice the film strips length-wise for 35mm ribbon bows.

  • Samcornwell

    Half your readers probably haven’t even seen 35mm film before! Besides, the other half wouldn’t dare dream of destroying those precious negs!

  • d

    Get over yourself.

  • 3ric15

    Well if they weren’t developed correctly than they’re not that precious.

  • Samcornwell

    It’s just some light-hearted banter :)

  • William Wolffe

    You can get hundreds of feet of 35mm film at the back door of any photography lab (including places like wallgreens or walmart, you can just ask)

  • Samcornwell

    Really? Don’t they give the negs back with the developed pictures, or is it something else? Most labs here have CMYK print strip run offs from the printing process, but certainly not the negs.

  • Jake

    This is like the photography equivalent of poaching endangered animals. :P

  • Nancy Young

    wow, I like the idea, I never thought I would use the stripe of 35mm film as a bow before. Thank you for the idea :)

  • Ralph Hightower

    I’m with the other half. I wouldn’t do that unless the film were pictures of my ex and I don’t have an ex; so that won’t happen.