Hello all! Here it is – the Christmas Tree Ribbon Sculpture Hairclip Tutorial! < that’s a mouthful. Wow.
Is this your first Ribbon Sculpture Hairclip? Great! This is a great one for a beginner start! It’s pretty easy – just keep these words in mind while you work: Slow, Symmetrical, and Simple. Work slowly, since this will allow you to place your ribbon switchbacks more precisely. And always pay attention to symmetry! Are your branches even on each side? Are the loops of your topper bow of equal length? Just keep checking your symmetry. Finally – simple! This is a simple ribbon sculpture, only takes one or two attempts to get it right, so don’t overthink it Three diagonal rows of rhinestones is all you need! You can do more, but if you don’t want to take chances, just stick with the Three Diagonal Rows pattern!
We hope you enjoy this tutorial and we can’t wait to see the pics of YOUR Christmas Tree Ribbon Sculpture Hairclips!
20% off Glitter Ribbon and Printed Ribbon is happening through 10/14/14 at RABOM! Here’s a few glamour shots of our Glitter ribbon! These are just five of the eight varieties of glitter ribbon on sale! (Glitterific, Stretch Glitterific, RABOM iridescence, Color Shimmer, 3/8 Dazzle Dots, Glitter Polka, Dazzle Grosgrain and Sheerly Glitter are all on sale)Enjoy and check out the sale right here
We love the RABOM Specialty Shop. Maybe it’s because it’s impossible to look at sparkly, wired ribbon without thinking “Christmas!” or maybe because we subconsciously just want presents (wrapped in these, of course). Or maybe we just love the Specialty Shop because the ribbon is just gorgeous and stylish! In honor of our 20% off sale going on through Tueday 9/30 (just two more days!) here’s a post of some of our favorite items from the RABOM Specialty Shop! Wired ribbon, embroidered ribbon, christmas ribbon, burlap, chevron, checks and color galore!
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!
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!
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?
We love them all but which gift wrapping do you like best?
Happy Wrapping Friends!!
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 > http://bit.ly/1a7mVk0
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?
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!
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 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?