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!
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Modern Candy Corn is pretty adorable – but in bow form? It’s super adorable. We can’t wait to see what our bowmakers do with this ribbon! Modern Candy Corn is just one of our new 2014 Fall and Halloween prints! Silly Monsters, Autumn Herringbone and Halloween Herringbone can all be found here and on our Facebook. These new prints + ALL our Printed ribbon are 20% off! Through next Tuesday, 8/12/14.
2014 Halloween and Fall printed ribbon is in! We’ve got Modern Candy Corn, Silly Monsters, Halloween Herringbone and Autumn Herringbone and *true story* more awesome seasonal prints to come! We’d never miss an opportunity to make a cute, new chevron
All Printed ribbon is 20% off this week – including these new ones! You can shop printed ribbon here. Sale runs through Tuesday 8/12/14, midnight EST.
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.
These guys are super easy! No tuturial needed – BUT – glad we made some because afterwards we carried them around the office on our errands… just for fun and added fabulosity. Attach bells to them and voilà – they sparkle and crackle!
You will need the following materials:
- dowel rods (we used very skinny ones, but heavier ones would be more versatile!)
- assorted ribbon (think sparkle and shine)
- glue gun
- appliqués (if you like)
This no sew apron is a quick, easy project for the busy spring months. It will take you no time at all to whip up one of these as a hostess gift or birthday present for your favorite cook. Let’s get started!
1. Measure your waist and add about 36 inches to determine your ribbon length. Cut the ribbon and seal the ends. I used 7/8″ ribbon, but 1.5″ would work as well.
2. Line up the middle of your ribbon piece with the middle of the dish towel. Secure your ribbon to the top of the dish towel using Liquid Stitch or iron on adhesive.
3. You’re done! Wasn’t that easy? These aprons are also great to make for your little helpers. I loved putting on my very own apron and helping my mom in the kitchen when I was a kid.
Enjoy making these cute and easy aprons!
Elizabeth – originally posted 1/20/12
With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, we thought we would share some last minute, fun and easy Valentine crafts! Enjoy!
Wear your love on your sleeve!
Write 10 things you love about that special person in your life.
Washi Tape Card
Send love letters to your special friend or loved one.
Gold Mason Jar
Perfect for your Valentine’s Day flowers!
Do you have other crafts that you enjoy creating around Valentine’s Day? If so, we would love to hear about them. Happy crafting!
I love handmade notebooks & journals! This fun sized notebook is the perfect gift for a journaling friend or significant other in your life. Write them a sweet note or a creative poem in the front flap in celebration of Valentine’s Day!
You will need:
1. Cut the burlap a little over half way down the center. Don’t worry about the extra, you will fold it into the book later.
2. Glue the card stock to the burlap. Make sure you have even edges along the top and bottom of the notebook. Then fold the extra burlap over the edge of the top and bottom sheets of your card stock and glue.
3. Grab the pages of your notebook and cut off a half inch from the edges. This way you won’t see the pages when your notebook is closed.
4. Weave the saddle stitch ribbon into the grand natural net ribbon. Then, hot glue the ribbon to the cover of the notebook.
Almost finished! Just snip off the rough edges and add your personal message in the front flap. We hope this tutorial puts you in the mood for Valentine’s Day as much as it did for us!
Seriously, how adorable are these? Washi tape hearts are perfect for any Valentine’s Day decorations. We decided to hang ours “bunting banner style” in the foyer but they also make perfect Valentine’s Day cards. We thought we would go ahead and make flowers as well since spring is right around the corner. At least for those of us in the south!
What I love most about decorating with washi tape is that you can make almost any design or object as long as your scissors can cut out the shape.
You will need:
1. Start by drawing your design. You will want to make sure you use a dark colored ink so that you can see the design through the other side of the card-stock.
2. Flip your card stock over and stick on the washi tape. You can alternate colors as much as you’d like. Make sure you cover your drawings on the back.
3. Cut out our designs.
4. If you choose to hang your cards, punch a whole in the top and string through a lengthy piece of ribbon.
How easy was that? Don’t you love how the colors and textures pop with washi tape? These card stock hearts and flowers are certain to brighten your day. Happy card making!