Tutorial Tuesday: Revamped Burlap Lampshade

Do we have any Cooks Illustrated fans out there? I could say a lot about how great that publication is: recipes, beautiful Illustrations, product reviews all come to mind. In my opinion, though, the best feature of their magazine is that they try and cut corners for you. They think like cooks; i.e. “Can I do this faster? With fewer things?” They anticipate the corners you would want to cut, they cut them for you, and if it wasn’t a success they tell you why in DETAIL. As a lifelong learn-it-the-hard-way girl, I appreciate that they do this for me.

All of that is to say – This Lampshade Tutorial is a bit like that. I’ll tell you where I erred, the easy ways I could have NOT erred, and what in my opinion would make an even BETTER version of this very forgiving craft project. Let’s get started!

This lampshade was inspired by the AWESOME and AMAZING Anthropologie-Inspired Lampshade at Tatertots and Jello. So beautiful. That white burlap looks fantastic!

DIY  Burlap re-vamped lampshade via Ribbon and Bows Oh My!DIY  Burlap re-vamped lampshade via Ribbon and Bows Oh My!

You will need the following:

  • 10+ yards Burlap in 6 inch wide Ribbon or strips
  • Glue gun (lots of glue sticks)
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Ironing surface
  • Lampshade (sturdy, if already covered in a burlap shade ALL the better!)
  • alligator clips (not necessary, but always handy, especially if your burlap is unwieldy / tightly curled)

For the not-burlap lampshade: If your lampshade is not covered, take the time now to wrap it snugly in burlap ribbon. Wrap vertically, glue the ends of your burlap to the underside of the lamp. You don’t want a lot of excess ribbon on the underside of your lamp as you’ll see it’s silhouette when the lamp is turned on, so just tuck and glue a little bit of the end underneath. No excess tail. Daisy Mae Belle has a good tutorial for this!

Tutorial: Burlap re-vamped lampshade via Ribbon and Bows Oh My!DIY  Burlap re-vamped lampshade via Ribbon and Bows Oh My!

1. Cut your Burlap Ribbon or strips, fold down the vertical center and iron flat. Cut the strips about 2/3 longer than the lampshade. Our lampshade was 8.5 inches tall, we cut our strips to 11 inches. After placing a few of them, we decided that some strips should be longer – 14 to 16 inches – so that we could make more switchbacks on the surface of our lampshade.

DIY  Burlap re-vamped lampshade via Ribbon and Bows Oh My!DIY  Burlap re-vamped lampshade via Ribbon and Bows Oh My!DIY  Burlap re-vamped lampshade via Ribbon and Bows Oh My!

2. Apply hot glue to the folded edge in 3 or 4 inch segments, apply glue edge to the surface of the lamp, creating a curved path from the bottom to the top of the lampshade. TRIED: applying the ribbon top-to-bottom. We did it this way and think it would be easier working bottom-to-top for better visibility and better control of the glue. TRIED: accordion folding our strips of ribbon and applying glue to the folded edge then unfurling the folds across the lampshade: the motive here was to work quickly with the glue AND create lots of curve along the surface of the shade, but this was a terribly messy approach. We decided that applying glue in small segments and being patient while it sealed was less messy, more effective. TIP: Press the glued surface from the INSIDE of the folded ribbon to create more variation in the ruffle. The more variation you have in the width and tightness of the ruffle, the prettier the overall effect. TIP: exaggerate the curves! You think you’re making more curve on the surface of the lamp than you actually are. 

DIY Ruffle Burlap Lampshade via Ribbon and Bows Oh My!DIY Ruffle Burlap Lampshade via Ribbon and Bows Oh My!DIY Ruffle Burlap Lampshade via Ribbon and Bows Oh My!

Don’t do the following: Think “hot glue spiderweb” when you unfurl the ribbon to apply it to the surface of the lamp.

DIY Ruffle Burlap Lampshade via Ribbon and Bows Oh My! DIY Ruffle Burlap Lampshade via Ribbon and Bows Oh My! DIY Ruffle Burlap Lampshade via Ribbon and Bows Oh My! DIY Ruffle Burlap Lampshade via Ribbon and Bows Oh My!

3. Work tight and in one continuous direction. Don’t space your ruffles out and “fill in” because that’s a glue NIGHTMARE. Nightmare. Glue everywhere / much laughing. The best thing to do is to apply ribbon densely and evenly-spaced. Don’t be upset if you don’t like the “curve” of your ribbons initially – this is a VERY forgiving craft but it comes together slowly. You may not love the placement of your first 3 ruffles, but keep at it. As long as they extend from the top edge of the lamp to the bottom edge and you really work to get that snakey curve, you’ll get an awesome look!

DIY Ruffle Burlap Lampshade via Ribbon and Bows Oh My! DIY Ruffle Burlap Lampshade via Ribbon and Bows Oh My! DIY  Burlap re-vamped lampshade via Ribbon and Bows Oh My!DIY  Burlap re-vamped lampshade via Ribbon and Bows Oh My!

Lastly: Use a bright bulb! This is a great nightlight because it emits such little light from the shade. Also: we used brown, printed burlap but a grey or white shade would be STUNNING, as seen in the Tatertots and Jelly version (link at the top of the post).

 

2.25 inch Polka Dots are back!

2.25 inch Polka Dots! They're back! 2.25 inch Polka Dots! They're back! 2.25 inch Polka Dots! They're back! 2.25 inch Polka Dots! The2.25 inch Polka Dots! They're back!y're back! polka 1.5 in (8 of 9)Long time / no talk! Hey Ribbonistas. We’ve been busy here at the RABOM labs – we got Polka Dots back online (woo!), a new print for Back to School, and we’re getting ready to head to the Atlanta Market to look for the latest and the greatest in home & gift trends. So busy. But please enjoy these *glamour shots* of our 2.25 inch Polka Dots. We’re excited to have them back! And watch the blog because pretty soon we’ll have some videos for you… SO exciting. Take care, friends, and have a great Thursday!

- Laura

 

Motivation Monday

from  the awesome Furbish Studios

We hope you’re feeling refreshed, invigorated, alive, happy, well-fed, relaxed and ambitious this morning :) If you are not feeling those things, we hope that there is some coffee, tea, chocolate or cheese in your immediate area. Motivational hugs and high-fives this morning, Ribbonistas. Go get that day!

via Furbish Studio. You can purchase this print here.

Tutorial Tuesday – the One Bow You Need to Know

This bow is a cinch. It’s classic, it’s easy, and it looks like you spent way more time on it than you actually did. You can skip the needle/thread part and just hot-glue your folds together which is GREAT if you’re busy and don’t feel like digging for sewing material but if the bow ends up in the dirty clothes now and again, a bit of thread through the center will help it live a longer. Either way, this is a quick bow that doesn’t use a lot of material so it’s perfect for busy bowmakers!

You’ll need the following:

  • 2.25 inch ribbon
  • 5/8 inch ribbon of same or corresponding color
  • hot glue gun
  • scissors
  • needle + thread
  • lighter
  • 2 alligator clips

RABOM double-pinch bow tutorial via blog.ribbonandbowsohmy.com

1. Cut two strips of 2.25 in ribbon, 12.25+ inches long. Seal the ends with a lighter or wood burner. 

RABOM double-pinch bow tutorial via blog.ribbonandbowsohmy.com

2. Overlap the ends of each ribbon to create a loop and seal together with hot glue. You want an even, thin strip of hot glue that runs from the top edge to the bottom edge of your ribbon. This seam should be as solid and flat as you can make it. An excessive amount of glue will make a thick, unwieldy center to your bow.

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3. Double-fold each loop in the center, creating 2 bowtie-bows whose top and bottom edges fold back towards the knot. Use your alligator clip to hold the center of your first bow-tie bow while you fold your second one.

RABOM double-pinch bow tutorial via blog.ribbonandbowsohmy.comRABOM double-pinch bow tutorial via blog.ribbonandbowsohmy.com

4. Stack your bows on top of one another. You want the top and bottom bow to look as identical as possible  in order to create the beautiful matching folds that radiate out from the center of your bow.

RABOM double-pinch bow tutorial via blog.ribbonandbowsohmy.com

5. Place an alilgator clip on each side of the center of your stacked bow. Run a needle and thread through the direct center and wrap the thread around the center a few times then tie-off the thread on the back of the bow. *Important: You will not be able to tug and pull your loops into place, so this step is important! Carefully identify the center of your bow. You can use a ruler if helpful. Just make sure you are running your needle and thread through the direct center.

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6. Place a dollop of glue on the back of your knot. Wrap your 7/8 inch “knot” from back to front. Place another dollop of glue on the back of the knot to secure your clip. Place your clip then wrap the remaining tail of your 7/8 inch “knot” over your clip. Replace hardware as needed. Tip: we wrapped the 7/8 inch strip TWICE around the hardware. We just made sure to keep ribbon perfectly aligned so that the “knot” didn’t appear to be two-ribbons-thick from the front view. This just added some security to our hardware.

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Ta-da! So cute. And easy. And like any other craft, the more you practice, the more precise and beautiful your touch will be!

Gymboree Color Match: Red, White & Chic

Gymboree Color Match from Ribbon and Bows Oh My!

Dear Followers – I hope you follow us on Facebook and receive our newsletters so that this does not get to you a day late BUT here it is - 20% off EVERYTHING at RABOM is happening right now. Everything! If you need some bow-making inspiration, here are some color match-ups for Gymboree’s latest line Red, White & Chic. Happy Thursday, all!

Color Inspiration: the Orange and Pink Wedding

Weddings are an endless source of inspiration for people who work in the wonderful world of color. That’s probably a lot of us, right? Bowmakers think about color, photographers think about color, creative directors think about color… if you’re selling a product, chances are you’re thinking about color a LOT! Well, weddings aren’t exactly a product, but they’re a hugely creative endeavor and visually speaking, they are organized almost entirely around color.

After the success of our Modern Honeycomb color contest, I became so aware of just how popular Pink + Orange is. I see it everywhere now! And it’s not a new combo – it’s been around for awhile! – but the shades have changed We’re no longer in the era of Sherbet Orange and Mauve… we’re all about saturation, mid-tones and pops of a contrasting color like Mint, Navy and Mystic Blue.

So I took to the internet to look for Pink + Orange photo inspiration and of course I ended up seeing so many wedding bouquets! There’s seriously no better place to find a wide range of oranges and pinks than in a wedding bouquet. So I took to the RABOM Ribbon racks and created some inspiration photo collages… enjoy! (Oh! And all florists and photographers are credited and liked at the bottom!)

- L

Inspired by This Blog and RABOM Ribbon inspirationZest Floral and Design and RABOM Ribbon color inspirationCalie Rose Photography and RABOM Ribbon inspirationSasparilla Sunset Color Inspiration on the RABOM blog

 

1.  Inspired by This BlogKT Merry PhotographyFifty50 Creative ServicesNuage Designs Custom Linens and RABOM Ribbon

2. Ben Pigao PhotographyZest Floral and Event Design and RABOM Ribbon Ribbon

3. Callie Rose Photography + RABOM Ribbon

Stars and Stripes Sale!

20% off ALL Stripes, Stars and Patriotic Prints! Woo! And there’s no end to the Fourth of July crafts out there… Check out our 4th of July Pinterest board - there’s a few crafts on there that we think are SO cute for this holiday. Not our most comprehensive board, but we feel like we’ll probably be making a LOT of additions to it in the next week as the 4th of July crafts start rolling in on Pinterest.

Stars and Stripes Sale! 20% off at Ribbons and Bows Oh My! Stars and Stripes Sale! 20% off at Ribbons and Bows Oh My!

Custom Ribbon Success!

We ran a color contest for our most recent geometric print Modern Honeycomb and WOW. RABOM customers seriously delivered on the color suggestions that look great on a ribbon. You can see the final RABOM selections here but pictured below are three customer suggestions we chose at random.

Coral + Navy, Teal + Lime, Kelly + Navy. Do these look great or what! We’ll say it again, this won’t be the last time we ask our customers for color suggestions!

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