Hello all! This cute little craft is easy as pie. Much easier than pie, actually. If you’ve ever made a pie, it can be a traumatic experience depending on how DIY you go with that crust This craft is all about Elmer’s Glue (or an equivalent), water, grosgrain, a glue gun, scissors and some time! Here’s the recipe we used for making our stiffened, Glue Glazed Grosgrain.
Glue Glazed Grosgrain:
- 1 part water
- 1 part glue
- a place to hang your grosgrain so it does not touch while drying
Just whisk together glue and water (we poured water into our half-empty glues and shook them like crazy), pour into a small bowl with high sides. Add your grosgrain. Let them soak for a minute then pull the ribbons out one-by-one. You can pre-cut your ribbon strips so you’re not unnecessarily stiffening ribbon you won’t use. Gently pull the excess liquid from your ribbon before hanging up to dry but do not crinkle, squeeze or fold your ribbon. Let the ribbon hang perfectly vertically and dry suspended in the air. This should take 1 hour to 4 hours, depending on relative humidity. Don’t use the ribbon unless it’s completely dry. And there you go!
We think this would look SO cute hanging from a fireplace or in front of a window! Vary the sizes of your ribbon up a little and you can make a variety of sizes! Just subtract 2 inches overall from the lengths and you have smaller, squatter pumpkins to give you pretty varying sizes! Enjoy!
We’re so in love with these new Winter Holiday 2014 prints! We had a bunch on the table, so to speak, before narrowing it down to these 5 releases. And the BOWS – oh my WORD the bows! – are looking so cute! We can’t wait to see what our Ribbonistas come up with. So here’s some detailed, high-res looks at Winter Wonderland,
You just have to see these in person. They’re perfect! Granna’s Goodies bows are the expert work of one Granna, Sharon C. You can find her on Facebook and do all your shopping with her there – find price lists, size charts, and payment and order info on the left-hands side of her FB wall.
So what do we love about these bows? Well WHERE to start! The variety of colors and textures in these bows is so delightful and well-balanced. These are the kind of bows that a Bowmaker can love and appreciate just as much as a kiddo who just loves big bows! They’re beautiful from all angles and SO well made. Granna’s Goodies is a bowmaker after our own hearts – frills, loops, glitter, integrity and clearly made with love! Thank you to Sharon C. for letting us snap some pics of these great creations!
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!!