The other day, Lynda and I stumbled across some ugly belts with surprisingly great buckles at a local thrift store. Of course this sparked our creativity and we decided to recycle the old buckles and use them with glitterific ribbon to make fun holiday belts!
For this project you will need:
- Detach your thrift store buckles & paint them to spiff them up a bit. After painting, seal them with a clear gloss for extra protection. They sure look great after a facelift!
- Measure out equal parts webbing and ribbon around your waist – add several inches to your length to be certain it will fit with the buckle attached.
- Attach webbing to ribbon with coordinating thread on your sewing machine.
- Depending upon the type of buckle, attach as needed.
All finished! This is a great way to instantly change your outfit! Plus, it’s a super easy project you can do quickly. Even better, these belts make the perfect gift for the fashionista in your family!
* If you want to make an adjustable belt (in case you start to bust from all the holiday food) you have the option to use D-Rings.
This is my favorite DIY yet. Lynda and I had such a blast making the RABOM Thankful Tree. We had the whole company in on this one by asking everyone to write down what they are thankful for. What better way to start meaningful conversation?
You will need the following:
- Old Coffee Mug
- Gold Spray Paint
- Sticks, Twigs (whatever you can find on the ground)
- Card Stock or thick construction paper
- RABOM Washi Tape
- RABOM Baker’s Twine
- Hole punch (we used an adorable star hold punch)
Let’s Make This Thing:
1. Spray paint your mug and sticks. We used one coat on the sticks and two coats on the mug.
2. While your sticks and mug are drying, start to decorate your card stock with washi tape. Be sure to leave a spot for writing. (Some people are thankful for a whole lot!)
3. Punch holes in the top right or left corners of your tags.
4. Cut your baker’s twine into 8 inch snippets and thread it through your tags.
5. Here is the fun part. Pass out tags among friends, family and coworkers and have them write down what they are most thankful for this year.
6. Add marbles, rice or beans to your mug. Arrange your sticks and tie on tags.
That’s it! You have an adorable thankful tree that can be enjoyed all holiday season.
Tips: Spray paint outside and with the direction of the wind. Otherwise you’ll be “goldfinger” for the rest of the day.
I hope you have as much fun with this DIY as Lnyda and I! Let us know what you are thankful for this holiday season! Happy Thanksgiving!!
It’s the only way you can love others. Happy Monday!
This is Penny!
Penny is one of our longest tenured employees at RABOM and will shortly complete six years with our company. During this time, Penny has picked and filled …well, a whole lot of orders! She always exercises care to make sure that customers receive exactly what they request, and that the products are all of the the highest quality.
When not working to fill your orders here at RABOM, Penny enjoys watching her older son play AAU basketball (he’s really good!!) and following her younger son, a first grader, in all his activities.
Penny is definitely our fashionista at RABOM. She has a thing (a big thing) for shoes and purses. When asked how many of each she has, she replies simply, “not enough.” Be sure so say hi to Penny next time you visit RABOM and ask her for the latest update on which department store is running a sale on fashionable accessories!
As promised, here are five more super simple holiday crafts that you can do using RABOM Ribbon!
1. Let the kids cut out holiday designs from old cardboard or holiday cards. Then punch a small hole at the top and have the kids string them onto ribbon creating their very own holiday banner.
Photo from Pinterest
2. Whip up some holiday fudge (with peppermint candy bits on top, of course), and use RABOM’s ribbon or baker’s twine to tie wax paper around your fudge. Pass them out to the neighbors, they will love it!
Photo from Paula Deen
3. Before saying grace at the holiday dinner, pass the end of a ribbon around the table so that every family member is “connected.” This is something the kids will remember for years to come. Want your last name on custom ribbon? We can do that at RABOM!
4. Tie up those holiday napkins and place setting cards with bright, seasonal ribbon to make the table extra festive.
Photo from French Larkspur
5. Make aprons for the little ones using holiday placemats and satin ribbon.
Photo from Dana Made It
Which project is your favorite? We’d love to hear how you plan to use RABOM ribbon this holiday season! Comment below with your project idea.
How about mixing it up this year and wearing something festive instead of, or in addition to a classic holiday bow? Make a hair clip that will match any outfit. I bet you can’t make just one!
This tutorial uses RABOM’s double prong alligator clip, but can be adapted to use with any of the metal clips we carry.
You will need:
- 3/8″ Ribbon cut into 6″ strips.
- RABOM clips of your choice, however they should have smooth surface.
- Glue gun or double sided tape.
- Hair hugger for the center of the clip (optional).
1. Power up your glue gun while preparing your other supplies.
2. Open the clip and being attaching on the inside of the clip. The ribbon on the inside of the clip doesn’t have to reach all the way to the center of the clip.
3. Flip the clip over & add another small bead of glue and attach ribbon to the back side of the clip.
4. Place two small dots of glue on the inside of the hinge. Wrap the ribbon.
5. Now place another bead of glue, cover the top of the clip and finish by using the same technique to cover the inside of the top of the clip.
Accessorize as you wish! The possibilities are endless with these clips and you can’t go wrong! These look adorable in anyone’s hair. Happy clipping!
Plain and simple. Have a wonderful week, friends.
Are you itching to buy some new ribbon? Well here are 5 easy & straightforward holiday projects you can do with RABOM ribbon!
1. Tie some 1/4″ ribbon around the stem of your wine glasses for a festive touch. Use a different color to help guests keep track of their drinks.
2. Make matching bows for your family portrait. You can even include the boys by making them coordinating bow ties. Ribbon for the bow below > http://bit.ly/1a7mVk0
3. Use ribbon to hang tree ornaments. It’s much prettier than those ugly wire hooks.
4. Make a dove ornament with 1/4″ ribbon.
5. Tie a festive bow, with satin ribbon, on your house plants…why should the tree get all of the glory?
If these weren’t enough ideas you’ll be glad to know that there are many more to come. Let us know which idea is your favorite!
If you haven’t noticed, here at RABOM, we are obsessed with Washi Tape. We were recently inspired by our Washi Tape Product Spotlight so we decided to make some projects of our own. Check them out below.
Washi Tape Clothespins
You will need:
- Clothespins – If they are rough, the cheap ones can be, use a sanding block to smooth them out.
- An xacto knife
- Washi tape
- Disassemble the pins.
- Use around 8 inches of tape to cover one side. Flip it over and cut the excess along the edge. Continue to cover making sure the tape overlaps as this will help secure the tape. I also suggest a little Mod Podge before reassembling to seal it well.
3. Reassemble and you have super cute pins.
You can have so much fun with these. Hang your little one’s artwork, add a magnet for an adorable fridge decoration, and so much more. What are you going to do with your clothespins?
Washi Tape Votives
You will need:
- Choose your washi tape.
- Mark votive with sharpie to ensure that washi tape will go on evenly.
3. Apply washi tape. Pull tape tautly to minimize bubbles.
That’s it…You have adorable washi tape votives that can be used to brighten up any room.
We hope you have as much fun with these as we did!
I saw this quote on Pinterest and had to share it with you all. Make today awesome!
This is Allen,
Allen helps run our printing operation, making sure our prints are crisp, clean, and properly color-matched. When all three printing machines are running at the same time, Allen sometimes wishes he had three arms! Our printing capacity is over 10,000 yards per 8-hour day, and Allen makes sure every yard is of the best possible quality.
When not running our ribbon printers, Allen loves to be outdoors…hunting, fishing, camping or just walking in the woods. Chattanooga is the perfect spot for enjoying all those activities… Mountains, trails, lakes…we have it all!
Allen also serves as a volunteer fire fighter in his community. We would expect no less from our own “mountain man.” Be sure to say hi to Allen next time you visit RABOM, and ask to hear his latest “big fish” story.
Did you know that a majority of Ribbon and Bows Oh My’s products are Made in America?
We are having a contest to celebrate our Made in America Sale going on right now! We value supporting the local economy, and we want to thank our customers for shopping at RABOM which helps strengthen our support of American products and jobs. So now it’s time for the contest!
Please comment below or email email@example.com (subject: Made In America) with your guess to our question. You have until midnight on Tuesday, November 12th to submit your guess, and the winner will receive a box full of American made RABOM goodies! We will announce the winner on our Blog and Facebook page on Wednesday, November 13th.
What’s the question? Well, here it is…
How many stars do we print on 1 yard of 7/8″ patriotic ribbon?
Thanks for participating and good luck!
I know it’s crazy, but the holiday season is quickly approaching. What better way to kick start the holidays than with an advent banner that is fun for you and the kids? Plus, it’s the perfect size to hang over the fireplace.
You will need:
1. First, we cut our 2.5″ burlap ribbon into 12″ pieces.
2. Fold in 1″ on left side, fold 1/2″ on right side. Then take right side and fold in 3 inches to make the pocket. You will need to make 25 pockets.
3. Stitch the pockets with your baker’s twine.
4. Cut your satin ribbon into 12″ pieces and tie them into bows. You can mix and match colors as you wish. You need a total of 25 bows.
5. Time to make your pockets pretty. Attach your bows with a drop of hot glue. Make sure to leave room for the numbers. We went the simple way and wrote our numbers with sharpie but feel free to get as creative as you’d like.
6. Put your banner together by stringing the backs of each pocket to a long strip of baker’s twine. Attach bells or other embellishments as you wish.
We made our advent banner pop by pairing it with a triangle bunting made from wrapping paper. If this project doesn’t get you in the holiday spirit, we don’t know what will.