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!!
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!
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 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.
Burlap is one of those things that can be utilized year round. It’s definitely the go to ribbon for any outdoor wedding but it can be used for so much more. Check out some of our favorite ways to use burlap. We have so many different styles and colors, you’re certain to find one that is just right for your craft. Shop for your burlap here >> http://bit.ly/1aAvbaM
Need some project ideas? Here’s a few for inspiration.
1. Make a burlap silverware holder for the holidays. Get the materials here >> http://bit.ly/1aAvbaM
2. Fall wreath anyone? Chevron burlap >> http://bit.ly/1hebNWF
3. Add some natural elements to your mantel with pinecones and net burlap.
We would love to see what your finished projects look like! Send us an email with your photos. Happy crafting!
Burlap Silverware Holders
Impress your dinner guests with simple, yet elegant, burlap silverware holders. We went with a holiday theme however, these would be the perfect touch for a football or new year’s themed party.
You will need:
1. First, cut a 22″ piece of 4″ Poly Burlap and cut an additional 22″ piece of 2.5″ Burlap in a coordinating color. Remove the wire from the 4″ Poly Burlap.
2. Next, fuse the 2.5″ Burlap to the center of the 4″ Poly Burlap.
3. Now it’s time to fold the pocket. Fold the left side in 2 inches (Make sure the “nice side” is face down). Fuse together. Fold the right side in 7 inches. Fuse together. Then fold the left side again 5 inches to create the pocket.
4. Use the fuse tape to complete the pocket by running it from the inside of the pocket down to the 5″ seam.
5. Embellish as you’d like!! We kept it simple by adding a small satin bow. You could attach a sprig from your Christmas tree for a more natural look.
6. That’s it! You’ve finished the first of your silverware holders.
The best part about these is that they will never go out of style. You can reuse them for years to come. How would you embellish your silverware holders?
I saw this tutorial for a DIY headband while I was blog browsing the other day and loved the humor in the post. I had to share. Honor, at Home Heart Craft talks about how much she loves wearing scarves but how “ratty” her hair gets around her neck. As a woman with long hair, I have the same problem. So Honor came up with a solution. A DIY ribbon headband that incorporates her favorite ribbon and elastic so that it will fit snug on her head. Seems easy enough, right? That’s because it is.
Best part, you can use the numerous styles and colors of ribbon and fold over elastic that RABOM offers. You’ll have a headband to match any outfit!
Happy Friday friends! Are you guys ready for the weekend? It’s almost Labor Day and before we know it summer will be coming to an end. A friend of mine directed me to a great tutorial for an amazing Patriotic Burlap Table Runner over at Domestically Speaking!
This table runner is incredible easy and very inexpensive. It’s the perfect crafty touch for any patriotic holiday. Speaking of, I hope you all have a wonderful Labor Day!! Be sure to relax.
It’s almost fall and I’m feeling very festive. What better way to decorate your home or office than with pops of color and texture? I’m not going to lie…I’ve already made three of these banners for different rooms around the office. They are just too fun and easy.
- Ribbon of your choice… RABOM has some great options
Cut your ribbon into the size of your choice. For my banner I cut the strips between 10″ and 12″ & left my main piece about a 48″ long. I used many different patterns and textures because I think it adds some personality and depth to the banner.
Loop your first strip over your main strand of ribbon
Pull the ends of your strip back through the loop
Repeat for all other strips, leaving and inch or two between each piece
Done! Hang your ribbon bunting banner anywhere you’d like. You can tie it, hook it, pin it or tack it as desired. Happy bunting!
I love recycling the old for the new! Baby headbands are so cute and usually hard to get rid for this reason. Instead of giving to others or throwing them away, why not recycle them? It’s extremely easy…check out the steps below to see how.
Simply cut the stretch elastic from the bow or flower.
Wrap the stretch elastic very tightly around a plastic headband…making sure to cover it entirely.
Then, glue the flower or bow back onto the covered headband.
Easy, right? Happy recycling.
I am always looking for a place to keep my craft ideas! Call me old school but I would much rather jot them down with pen and paper than bookmark an idea on my computer. Also, it gives me a great excuse to make my own journals and notepads. These little journals are great if you are a compolsive list maker…like myself. You can stick them in your purse or keep them in your car for quick lists.
These journals can be personalized however you’d like and they are super easy!!
You will need:
- One sheet of burlap
- Plain white card stock
- Needle & embroidery thread
- Spray adhesive
- Fold your card stock paper in half and poke holes (with the needle) in the spine of the paper at the bottom, middle and top. Thread the embroidery thread and knot at the end. Stitch the paper together, going from the bottom to middle to top. Go back through the middle to tie a knot at the bottom where you started. Snip the end.
- Attach the paper to the burlap with spray adhesive.
- Grab a piece of ribbon and glue onto burlap, leaving a few inches on the ends. Tie shut.
Happy crafting my friends!!
Vintage Velvet Bracelets
Do you have some old brooches laying around needing to be given new life? Velvet bracelets are the perfect solution to this crisis. The possibilities are endless with these bracelets, and I’m sure you will get many compliments on them.
- Velvet ribbon – I recommend 7/8″ or 1.5″
- Velcro – optional
1. Gather all of your supplies. I have a beautiful brooch that was my great grandmother’s, so I was delighted to be able to highlight it in this project. I made a couple different styles of bracelets, so I will show you both of them with the hopes that it will inspire you to create your own versions.
2. I started out by making a cuff bracelet. I liked 1.5″ velvet ribbon best for this style. There are a couple different ways to create your cuff. (A) You can overlap the velvet on the top of your wrist and pin the brooch through both layers to keep the cuff together. My brooch hid the spot where the ribbon overlapped. OR (B) You can pin the brooch to the center of the velvet and put velcro on each end of the ribbon. The velcro option would probably be best, but option A is great for a last minute accessory on girls’ night.
3. The second style I have named a “tailed” bracelet. Tie a double knot in the velvet so that the knot is on top of your wrist. I recommend using 7/8″ velvet for this style. Cut the ends of the tails to your desired length and shape. Pin the brooch through the knot. A smaller brooch would work best for this style. My flower brooch was a little big on this style for my liking.
4. You could also use velvet and a brooch to create an adorable sash/belt for your favorite dress. This would be the perfect finishing touch to any outfit.
Enjoy experimenting with all of the ways to use velvet and brooches to accessorize your wardrobe
Felt Circle Belt
How cute is this Felt Circle Belt? Head over to A Happy Song for the tutorial on this simple, but adorable belt. MJ cut out all of the circle from a sheet of felt, but you can make it easier by buying pre-cut felt circles from RABOM. This project would also be great for headbands or straps on a bag. Have fun using felt circles to create your next summer accessory!
Father’s Day Craft
Have you found the perfect Father’s Day gift? Do you need a cute and memorable way to wrap your present? Well I have a solution to your problem…a ribbon tie! Let’s get started on this simple, but cute Father’s Day craft.
- Ribbon of choice
- Hot glue gun
- A fabulous Father’s Day gift
1. Determine how long you would like your tie to be and cut a piece of ribbon that length plus about 1/2″. I used one of RABOM’s Preppy Stripes for my tie because they scream dad to me. You could also use a solid color and paint a special design on the ribbon with some fabric paint. The Navy/Lime Surfboard was perfect for me because my dad’s favorite color is green .
2. Fold your ribbon in half(like a hot dog) and cut one end of the ribbon to a point. This creates the end of your tie. Don’t forget to heat seal the end of your tie!
3. Fold the corners of the top of the tie to the center and secure them with glue. This will give your tie a tapered top just like a traditional tie.
4. Take a shorter piece of ribbon(about 3-4 inches) and fold the bottom corners to angle up. Glue them to the back of the ribbon to create the knot that goes at the top of the tie. Trim any edges that may show above the top of the knot.
5. Glue the knot to the top of the tie. That’s it! Now you have a cute tie to add to your Father’s Day package.
Happy Father’s Day!