Archive of ‘Holiday’ category

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!

Tutorial Tuesday: Ribbon Sparkler!

Ribbon Sparkler Tutorial from Ribbons and Bows Oh My!

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
  • scissors
  • appliqués (if you like)
  • lighter

Ribbon Sparkler Tutorial from Ribbons and Bows Oh My!

1. Cut your ribbon into the desired length. Long ribbon means more fun, short ribbon means less ribbon. Woo! This might also be a great use of your scraps because Ribbon Sparklers do not have to stick to a particular color scheme!

2. Bunch them together, give yourself a couple of fun inches of tail up at the top of your knot, and tie them around your dowel rod. 

Ribbon Sparkler Tutorial from Ribbons and Bows Oh My!

Ribbon Sparkler Tutorial from Ribbons and Bows Oh My!

3. Place some hot glue 2 inches or so from the top of your dowel rod then push the knot over it, just so it stays more secure. If you’ve used a lot of ribbon or very stiff ribbon, the knot won’t be tight enough to hold onto the dowel rod without some hot glue to help it.

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4. If you’re using an appliqué, now is the time to find a low-friction, flat area to which you secure your appliqué with hot glue. 

Ribbon Sparkler Tutorial from Ribbons and Bows Oh My! Ribbon Sparkler Tutorial from Ribbons and Bows Oh My!

5. Trim, Pink and Seal your ends like so.  And you’re done! Sparkle on!

Ribbon Sparkler Tutorial from Ribbons and Bows Oh My!




No Sew Apron


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

4 Lovely Valentine Crafts

With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, we thought we would share some last minute, fun and easy Valentine crafts! Enjoy!

Felt Coffee Cozy

Wear your love on your sleeve!



 Burlap Valentine Notebook 

Write 10 things you love about that special person in your life.

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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!

- Lo

Burlap Valentine Notebook

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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.

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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.

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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.

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4.  Weave the saddle stitch ribbon into the grand natural net ribbon. Then, hot glue the ribbon to the cover of the notebook.

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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!

Happy crafting!

- Lo

Washi Tape Hearts




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.

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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.

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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!

- Lo

DIY Festive Tree Skirt

Did the dog tear up your favorite tree skirt? Just now buying a Christmas tree? Prepping for next year? No worries, this fun and festive tree skirt takes no time at all!


You will need:

1. First you will want to place your ribbon evenly along the diameter of the felt circle. Pin ribbon to the felt to ensure stability until you are ready to glue. Speaking of glue, now is a good time to start heating up your glue gun.



2. Draw a circle in the center of your felt, making sure it is wide enough for the trunk of your tree to fit through. Then cut out the center.



3. Start gluing the ribbon to the felt from the center to the outside edge of the circle. We used two pairs of hands for this part but you can do it by yourself if needed.


4. Let your tree skirt dry and then set out your presents! All finished.




This makes a simply yet elegant tree skirt that can be enjoyed for years to come.

Option: You can sew the ribbon to the felt if you have the time to do so.

Happy Holidays Friends!

Baker’s Twine Holiday Art

Wow! How adorable are these? If you haven’t noticed, we are slightly obsessed with baker’s twine art.


This easy baker’s twine art makes the best holiday gift! For this project we chose to make a freehand star – you can freehand any object or find a line drawing online to print!

You will need:


You need a piece of wood that will be larger than your drawing. You may paint or stain the wood or leave it as is. You want a piece that is at least .5” thick.

1. Sand the edges if necessary and paint or stain as you wish.

2. Place your drawing or print on top of the wood and secure with tape. Place nails, as needed, around the drawing.


3.  Once you have your pattern, start wrapping Baker’s Twine around the nails. There is no right or wrong way. You can do a simple wrap or fill the entire inside of your pattern.





4.  Remove the paper from underneath your twine art and tada, you’re all finished!


Alternately, you can add more nails around the pattern and leave the inside empty and wrap around the exterior to create a totally different look.


How cute and easy was this project? What objects are you going to make? Let us know!!

- Lo

Thoughtful Thursday: Holiday Gift Wrapping

Ho ho ho…Santa’s on his way!! We wanted to step up our wrapping game this year and put something special under the tree!  Our Specialty Shop had exactly what we needed! Even better, ALL Specialty Shop items are 30% off until 12/10 at midnight est!

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If you’re not into wired ribbon you can still use your favorite RABOM Polka, Swiss, Stripes and Printed Ribbon to make super cute gifts. Did we also mention that ALL Printed Ribbon is 15% off until 12/10?

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We love them all but which gift wrapping do you like best?

Happy Wrapping Friends!!

- Lo

DIY Holiday Belt With Thrift Store Buckles


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.

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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.

- Lo

DIY Thankful Tree

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?

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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 hole punch)

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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.

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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!)

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3. Punch holes in the top right or left corners of your tags.

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4. Cut your baker’s twine into 8 inch snippets and thread it through your tags.

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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.

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6. Add marbles, rice or beans to your mug. Arrange your sticks and tie on tags.

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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. :)

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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!!

- Lo

5 “More” Holiday Projects Using RABOM Ribbon

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.

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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!

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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.

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5. Make aprons for the little ones using holiday placemats and satin ribbon.

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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.

- Lo

Covered Clips for the Holidays

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:
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  • 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.
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3.     Flip the clip over & add another small bead of glue and attach ribbon to the back side of the clip.
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4.     Place two small dots of glue on the inside of the hinge. Wrap the ribbon.
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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.
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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!
- Lo

5 Easy Holiday Projects Using RABOM Ribbon

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 >


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? :)

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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!

- Lo

DIY Burlap Advent Banner

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.

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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.

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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.

- Lo

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