This craft debuted at our Fall Tent Sale and HairBOWnanza! While it proved to be a bit difficult for the kiddos (they did a great job! Thank goodness mamas were there to lend a guiding hand!), it was a HUGE hit with moms and Ribbonistas alike. And for good reason! Do you have a couple of scraps of green ribbon? Do you have a stick? Great! You’re set!
We’d love to see these decorate a garland on a mantle, use different colors of ribbon, or go really teeny tiny, like 4 inches tall and in entirely 3/8 inch grosgrain! Or maybe using alternating stick heights, the trees grow tall and skinny, get potted in some tall, skinny terre cotta pots and become standing table top decorations! There are a lot of possibilities with this Christmas Ribbon Tree.
So you’re going to need the following (items in italics are optional but shown):
- a smallish stick (4 to 7 inches tall, no more than 2 inches in diameter, extra points if the stick has a good joint at the top that can serve as an anchor for your hanging string!)
- at least 5 collective feet of ribbon, strands starting at “13 and going down to “6, in a mixture of 1.5, 7/8, 5/8, and 3/8 inch ribbon
- jute, twine or a strand of burlap for the hanger
- 3/8 inch sparkle ribbon for a bow
- glue gun
1. Cut your ribbons into strips, starting at 13 inches, and going down 1 inch in length until you have 8 strips, the shortest one being 6 inches. If you want to tie your ribbons to your stick first, then trim second, that’s a good option as well, although you may use more ribbon than necessary. Insider tip: Use stiff ribbon like grosgrain, sparkle tulle, RABOM iridescent, or something similar. Satins will work at shorter lengths, but shouldn’t be used for your bottom “branches” because they are not stiff enough to hold themselves horizontally. Double Ruffle will work at mid to short lengths.
- 13 inch – 1.5 inch wide
- 13 inch – 11 inch strips of ribbon: 7/8 inch wide
- 10 inch – 9 inch strips of ribbon: 5/8 inch wide
- 8 inch – 6 inch strips of ribbon: 3/8 inch wide
2. Tie your ribbons along the stick, using a double knot. Be careful to get the ribbon directly centered under the stick so both of your “branches” are of equal length. Make sure your second knot alternates directions – if your bottom knot was over-under, your top knot should be reversed. This is how you ensure your ribbon sticks out horizontally and is not shifted in one direction. The second knot should try to correct the direction of the first so there’s balance – I’ve attempted to show this, I hope it comes across! Just keep tugging till you get it into place – this may take a couple of tries but you got it, dude.
2.a. Trim your ribbons if necessary, then seal their ends with a lighter or other heat source. Carefully. I used a brand-new lighter to do this and things got a bit crispy!
3. Make a tiny bow, glue it on top! Using a fork, create a tiny basic bow, wrap thread around the center, cinch into a knot then trim your ends to your liking. Seal those ends.
4. Secure your twine / burlap / jute to the top of your stick. If there is no joint at the top, make sure your knot is tight to the stick!
Enjoy this adorable tree! This craft can be as advanced or basic as fits your needs – precut your ribbon for a kids craft, and go CRAZY with ribbons, garlands, different heights and pots for a very fun Mama-level craft!
This Little Bitty Fork Bow comes to you courtesy of our Fall Tent Sale and HairBOWnanza – the sweetest little Ribbonista saw one in the craftroom and asked how to make it so we did an on-the-spot unplanned tutorial and it was great! Five minutes later she was teaching her mom how to do it! So we thought we’d make it into a mini-tutorial for the blog. It’s a good little bow to know! Great for decorating crafts like ornaments, stuffed animals, plushies and felted crafts. And we think it would make a pretty cute set of earrings! Just hot glue these onto some posts!
You’ll need the following:
- fork (large forks work great! We could have used a bigger one)
- 3/8 inch ribbon
1. Wrap your ribbon around the fork. This part is super easy
2. Wrap your thread around the center of your loops. Wrap more than once – wrap this thread maybe 3 times if you have the patience. Putting your thread through a needle would be helpful, if you have an extra second to thread a needle!
3. Pull tight! Cinch your tiny bow by pulling on both ends of the thread. Once it’s tight enough, knot it off.
4. Trim your thread, trim your ends. Voila! What a cutie
This RABOM Bowmaker Spotlight is devoted to Tutus, Bows and More – a.k.a the talented Charity G.! So many Pinwheels! So many Frozen-inspired bows! So much Chevron! There’s clearly a lot to love here. We particularly love how perky and symmetrical her pinwheels are – this bowmaker has her proportions and measurements down to a science! Or maybe it’s just careful crafting and a whole lotta talent
Oh – and the Hair BOWquets. SO dern cute!
You can find more bows (and tutus!) on her Facebook – facebook.com/TutuBowsAndMore !
Here’s another awesome bowmaker that will be here bright and early tomorrow – we LOVE the decadence of these bows! Granna’s Goodies are some seriously beautiful creations, great for the girl who loves a bow with some lux! We just love this style! Stacked bows with feathers and sparkle tulle? Too awesome.
In her own words:
On favorite bows to make
Favorite – OTT Funky Loopy bows.. inspiration – whatever I can put my hands on to put on/in a bow…love the different and unusual … I make custom boutique outfits and appliqués
On style and getting started
I started making hair bow 3 years ago with the birth of my first granddaughter… tips – never give up…I thought I would never make a pretty bow…now I am actually loving the bows I make – just keep trying – never give up – let your style shine – no two bow makers are alike – everyone likes different bows !!!
On favorite RABOM product
Favorite RABOM product is the 2 1/2 dots/prints – Makes the best double loop / large boutique bows ever!!
I love this new post catagory – Featured Bowmakers! We love seeing what our bowmakers are doing with our ribbon and more than anything, it’s inspiring! We talk about you guys and your awesome work when we sit down to come up with the next print, sale and / or dye to match color.
All Things Chic is making some super cute stacked bows – We love ‘em! So colorful and precise and – dare we say – CHIC! Check out her work below and find her gorgeous bows at our Fall Tent Sale and HairBOWnanza! Tomorrow, Saturday August 23rd!
From All Things Chic:
My favorite bows to make are stacked bows. I love being able to put mulitiple layers of different colors and patterns together along with cute embellishments to make the perfect bow. I get some of my inspiration from Pinterest and Etsy. I am currently learning how to make resin jewelry, and how to refinish furniture, but you’ll never know what craft I’ll try next! My favorite RABOM product is the grosgrain ribbon. I love the quality along with the affordable price you can’t find anywhere else in town. I started making bows because I was already into crafts and wanted to make my daughter cute ,affordable hair accessories. My advice to beginners is to not overthink your projects, use your intuition, and to just go for it!
Dear Ribbonistas -
This may be my all-time *favorite* blog post - I’m so excited to feature the seriously adorable and beautifully-made bows of one RABOM Ribboninsta Sew Like Mad a.k.a Joni! Joni agreed to let us take pictures of some of her cuties and also sat down to answer a few of our questions. After all, we love hearing from Ribbonistas! And we think her insight into creativity and retail apply to ALL crafters and artists, not just our bowmakers. I’m so delighted she wanted to be featured here!
What we love about Sew Like Mad bows: such great use of color and Machine Embroidery! Her centerpieces are so carefully and well-incorporated – we love ‘em!
Sew Like Mad will be at the HairBOW-nanza on August 26th with these gorgeous bows and so many more! You can find her at sewlikemadboutique.etsy.com on Etsy and facebook.com/sewlikemad on Facebook!
RABOM: Favorite bow or ribbon craft to make:
SLM: I love creating layered boutique bows. The possibilities are endless with mixing and matching several styles, patterns, and colors.
RABOM Where do you find your inspiration for your bows?
SLM My nine year old daughter, Emmy, is my inspiration. Many bows I create stem from what she and her friends love. When she loves an item I make, I feel successful. She loves helping with our home business and I enjoy have her perspective.
RABOM What are some other crafts or DIY’s you SLM I incorporate my passion for machine embroidery in my bows and other ribbon crafts. The combination of embroidery and ribbon allows me to create unique and personalized items.
RABOM What’s your fav RABOM product?
SLM Even after six years of shopping at RABOM I am still mesmerized by the solid grosgrain ribbon shelves. The ability to easily view and purchase ribbon in any size and color I could dream of is a bow makers dream.
RABOM Finally, how did you get started making bows? Any tips for beginners or beginning sellers?
SLM I began making bows six years ago for my daughter. There was a lot of trial and error but I found the process therapeutic. I tested many methods and supplies before I found the right fit for me. I started my small business selling bows within a few months. I recommend lots of practice. Find the method and style that fits you. Don’t copy what you have seen but create something unique and true to you.
If you’d like to show your RABOM bows and crafts on our blog, contact us! Just send an email to email@example.com and we’ll tell you how you can participate.
Hello all! Here’s a simple RIbbon Sculpture tutorial that you can customize to any color palette you love – we’re thinking some Football Butterflies would be pretty adorable! The Butterfly Clippie is SO easy - just keep this ONE big thing in mind – you want all of your loops to be as symmetrical as possible. We’ll give you some tips to help you there.
- Micro adjustments – Pay attention and look at your loops carefully – Symmetry is King here and you may find yourself making the tiniest of adjustments, but for a bow this little, little adjustments make a big impact.
- Use a needle-nose glue gun Adjust all your placements FIRST, then insert the nose of the glue gun carefully in between your layers of ribbon – you might feel the heat but it’s worth it!
- Go slow, use exact measurements Ribbon Sculptures look wonderful when they are precise – just like any other bow.
You’ll need the following
- 3/8 ribbon
- alligator clip
- 3/8 inch Korker ribbon
- hot glue gun
1. Your loops are, in order
- 8 inches
- 7 inches
- 6 inches
- 5.2 inches (just a little bigger than 5, but under 5.25 inches)
2. Fold your loops in half and give the crease a good squeeze so you can see where the center of your loop should be. Overlap the bottoms just slightly, and glue together lightly. This gives your Butterfly wings a little more of a pointed wing instead of a perfect round loop. Be careful here, though, to make sure both bottom edges are equally tilted away from each other so your loop is symmetrical! Don’t just torque one edge and then glue it down – you’ll end up with a butterfly with one enormous wing!
3. Fold your crease over and check that it is directly over the center of your glued edges. Adjust in your fingertips to make sure both loops look symmetrical. Use your needle-nose glue gun to then glue-in-place as you’re holding.
4. Using same glue-in-place technique, overlap your butterfly wings and make micro adjustments to get the wings centered. Watch the space between the uppermost part of your loops to make sure they’re equal. Glue in place while you pinch.
5. Again, carefully place the wings on top of your covered Butterfly Clip and adjust until you get the perfect butterfly shape. Insider Tip – we overlapped them slightly, tucking the top wings under the bottom wings just a little to give it a more compact butterfly.
6. Lay down a strip of hot glue and gently place your Korker center on top.
( Motivation from Robert Collier, the original Life Coach from 1800′s Missouri! )
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