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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

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.

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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

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3. Use ribbon to hang tree ornaments. It’s much prettier than those ugly wire hooks.

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4. Make a dove ornament with 1/4″  ribbon.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

No-Sew Holiday Silverware Holders

Burlap Silverware Holders

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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:

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Directions:

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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

- Lo

Ribbon Embellished Gifts

Ribbon Embellished Gifts

Ribbon is a great way to add some extra flair to your gift wrapping. Here are some examples of ways to use ribbon in gift wrapping:

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For What It’s Worth…or Not

I hope these posts inspire you to use ribbon to add that special touch to your gifts. I only have a few gifts left to wrap, but I know some people still have a lot of wrapping left to do. Good luck finishing up all of your holiday preparations!

Elizabeth

Wrapped Christmas Tree Ornament

Wrapped Christmas Tree Ornament

I have a bunch of metal cookie cutters left over from my wedding favors, so I decided to recycle them to make some cute Christmas ornaments. You could add these to the tops of your gifts with the gift tag to give your presents that “special touch”.

Supplies:

  • Metal cookie cutters
  • Ribbon(I recommend 3/8″ or 5/8″)
  • Double sided tape or craft glue.

Directions:

1. I used a three yard piece of ribbon to wrap my 2.5″ heart and had a little extra at the end. Start out by putting a piece of double sided tape or a dot of glue on the inside of your cookie cutter.

2. Put one end of your ribbon on the tape/glue and start wrapping it around the cookie cutter. Make sure you overlap your ribbon as you wrap.

3. Stop wrapping when you have about two to three “wraps” left. Put some glue or double sided tape at the top center of your ornament.

4. Make a ribbon loop for your ornament(I tied a bow at the top of mine). Adhere your loop to the top of the ornament.

5. Continue wrapping the ribbon around the ornament and the ribbon loop until the cookie cutter is covered. I did a few extra wraps to make sure that the loop/hanger was equally wrapped on both sides of its center.

Enjoy making these quick, but cute ornaments for all of your family and friends!

Elizabeth

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Christmas Card Wall Display

Christmas Card Wall Display


I love receiving Christmas cards from all of my family and friends around this time. I have an easy way to display your Christmas cards for all to see. This project is great because your display can be as large or small as you need it to be depending on the number of cards you receive.

Supplies:

  • Ribbon of choice(I recommend 7/8″ or 1.5″)
  • Tacks or push pins
  • Bows or other embellishments

Directions:

1. I have the perfect small wall in my kitchen to use for my Christmas card display(warning-the lighting in my kitchen is horrible and it has been raining a lot lately, so I apologize for the low quality pictures). I will be using the whole wall width, but you can use part of a larger wall in your home. Measure the width of the area of space you are using and cut your ribbon to that length. Make sure to seal the ends at this time.

2. Use tacks or push pins to secure your ribbon to the wall in horizontal rows. Make sure to leave enough space between each ribbon for the cards to hang down. I left about 8 inches between my ribbon rows.

3. Place a bow or other embellishment at each end of your ribbon row to hide your push pin.

4. I put some ribbon on paper clips and used them to hang my cards from the ribbon rows. Check out our Paper Clip Bookmark tutorial for different ways to apply ribbon to your paper clips.

 

Now you have an easy, but cute display for your Christmas cards that can grow as your card collection grows. I look forward to filling mine up as we continue to get more cards in the mail. Have fun decorating for the Holidays!

Elizabeth

Candy Cane Place Card Holder

Candy Cane Place Card Holder

I just love this idea. I have seen this place card holder idea on Pinterest, but usually it is made with mini candy canes. Here’s my version of this super simple craft.

Supplies:

  • Regular sized candy canes
  • 3/8″ ribbon of choice
  • Double sided tape or glue

Directions:

1. Glue or tape your candy canes into a tripod shape. I left the wrappers on and used double sided tape so that my guests could take the place card holders home and enjoy the candy canes later as a sweet treat.

2. Tie on a piece of ribbon and slip your place card between two of the candy cane”hooks”. Now you have a festive place card holder that also doubles as a gift to your guests.

You could also use rainbow and other colored candy canes for this project. The rainbow candy canes would be great for a birthday party.

Check back later this week for other Christmas decoration ideas!

Elizabeth

Cranberry Centerpiece

Cranberry Centerpiece

Are you looking for a simple, but elegant decoration for the Holiday Season? Look no further because cranberries are the answer. Cranberries have a beautiful rich color plus they are easily accessible and inexpensive at this time of year. I took my twig candle holder from Tuesday’s blog post and put it in a dish that I had hiding in my kitchen cabinets. I poured cranberries around the candle holder and voila…instant centerpiece!

I love floating candles, so I wanted to incorporate one into a cranberry centerpiece. I found the larger dish that coordinates with the first centerpiece and filled it about halfway up with water. I put a bag of cranberries in the water with a floating candle, and now you have a second centerpiece. You could also add a sprinkle of glitter to this centerpiece for a little extra sparkle.


Here is another example of a festive, but elegant centerpiece using cranberries. This Cranberry Mason Jar Centerpiece can be found on Cupcakes and Candles.

The possibilities are endless when it comes to incorporating cranberries into holiday decorations. I hope this post inspires you to try something new with your decorations this holiday season!

Elizabeth

Friday Share Day – Merry Christmas!

“Trimming the Tree with HOPE and LOVE”

(original watercolor by Rita)

 It’s almost here – the preparations are almost finished, the excitement is rising.

We at RABOM want to wish a Merry Christmas that is filled with hope and love to each of you.

Please share with us the Hope and Love you created for the holidays.

Rita

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Ribbon Flower Bouquet

Gathered Ribbon Flowers

Continuing our weekly theme of Ribbon Flowers, today I am making a gathered flower from ribbon and attaching it to a stem. Any type of ribbon flower can be used for this bouquet, including the “no sew” ribbon flowers from Monday’s tutorial. Each flower is attached either to a wooden dowel or a looped florist wire that is wrapped with florist tape. Several flowers and stems are combined to make a bouquet.

Supplies:

Ribbon of all kinds – satin, grosgrain, printed, ruffled, etc.

Ribbon width of all kinds – 3/8” for the tiniest to 1 ½ “ for the largest

Green ribbon for leaves

Floral tape or green ribbon to cover the stems

Florist wire (optional)

Wooden dowels – ¼”  – I found skewers to be the perfect size

Needle and thread

Hot glue

The length of ribbon is determined by its width. However, you can experiment with different lengths and widths. After all, nature does that doesn’t she?

For this demonstration, I used about 20″ of satin ribbon.

Directions:Thread a needle with a double thread, knotted at the end. Secure the first stitch by over stitching at the end of the ribbon. Sew a running stitch on one edge of the ribbon. I started at the top of the ribbon and curved the stitch to the bottom of the ribbon. Continue with the running stitch the entire length of the ribbon.

Pull the thread to gather the ribbon. You can pull it tightly or loosely. Either will change the look of your flower.

I pulled it rather tightly and secured the thread by double stitching at the end. Cut off the remaining thread.

Take a small wooden dowel (or wire). Add a small dot of glue to the end of the ribbon, place the dowel (or wire) on the glue and start to roll the gathered ribbon around the dowel (or wire). You will roll and glue as you go, keeping the ribbon at the top of the stem. Add extra glue where you need it.

I made sepals at the bottom of the flower with green grosgrain ribbon (or you could use floral tape). Cut three 2” pieces of ribbon. I cut the pieces on an angle. There is no set rule. These are part of nature!

Cut “V” shapes in the ribbon to look like leaves. Cut a small slit at the bottom of each sepal. Place about 3 dots of glue on the bottom of one sepal.

Position the sepal on the flower and around the stem. Pinch it with our finger.

Do the same for each sepal, fanning them out around the flower base.

Take the floral tape and wrap it under the sepals. Add a little hot glue to secure it. You need to stretch the tape as you pull it to wrap it around the dowel. The tape sticks to itself if you stretch as you twist. You can also secure with glue as you go but you don’t need to. I put glue at the end of the tape near the bottom of the stem. Another option would be to use green ribbon to wrap around the dowel. Glue as you go in this case also.

I added some ribbon leaves to the flower. Start by cutting a leaf shape from some grosgrain ribbon. You will need to seal the edges of the cut ribbon with either a heat tool or a lighter flame. Just be careful not to set the ribbon on fire! I like to use a long handled barbeque lighter for this purpose.

I made some buds by taking a small piece of ribbon and folding it around a dowel. Add some more sepals, glue them to the dowel and add floral tape  down the rest of the dowel.

It takes a lot of flowers to make a full bouquet. You can vary the color and style of flower or you can make the flowers all the same type. The technique of building a ribbon bouquet is the same as it is for real flowers.

While I was making these flower for the demonstration, I also made some small flowers from grosgrain ribbon. These are made in the same manner.

The second flower is made in the same way except I used a double-folded wire with a loop at the end for the stem in place of the wooden dowel.

Sepals are added using floral tape cut in a pointed shape. Continue with wrapping the stem with more floral tape.

Some of them have two stems together. I think this makes the flower look even more real.  This way I was able to twist the wrapped wire around the main stem. Again, floral tape was used to wrap around the two stems to secure them together. Leaves are added in the same manner.

I used a little bud vase to put some of my flowers in to set on my windowsill. They add a little sunshine to a gloomy, cloudy day. I’m sure I will enjoy them well into January as well. As you can see we still don’t have any snow in the Midwest.

The flowers you make can be used for so many occasions. Once you learn how to do this, it’s a great way to cuddle up before the TV or fireplace, supplies in hand and make flowers to brighten your life and those of others. Remember practice makes perfect. While no two flowers are exactly the same, the process will get easier. What great gifts!

 

Enjoy!

Rita

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Friday Share Day

Your turn to CHIRP!

Just add your comments or photos to the link at the right. Click on Rosie, the robin, to share your tip or idea.

We had a great tip from Super Twirl on Monday. This is what she said:

“When I make a ribbon headband, I like to put in a strip of elastic on the part that is under the hair. You can cut your ribbon a few inches short and fold then glue then ends down to give it a clean look. Then you can just glue the elastic to the inside of the ribbon so it looks finished. Elastic hot glues well.”

It’s a great tip. Thanks!

Remember to sign in today through Sunday to get a quickie 10% coupon good for anything! Lots of ribbon are on sale. Check it out!

Rita

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Woven Headband

I love the classic look of this headband. It goes so well with the argyle sweaters you see all over. You could choose colors to match your sweater.

Supplies:

1” plastic headband

⅜” ribbon in colors of your choice

Hot glue gun

Scissors

Instructions:

1.     Cut your ribbon into 4 pieces that are about 40” long. Decide which color(s) you would like to be the inside diamond. I only used two colors for my headband. I picked hot pink to be the inside diamond and taupe to be the outside triangles.

2.     Hot glue one inside ribbon to one outside ribbon. Repeat with the other pair of ribbons.

3.     Hold the headband upside down and hold one pair of the ribbons on an angle to the inside of the headband. Make sure the inside color is angled up and apply the ribbon to the headband with a dot of hot glue. Repeat with the other pair of ribbons by applying them on the outside of the headband to the opposing angle so that the two pairs create an “X”.

4.     You have two left ribbons and two right ribbons. Fold down the upper left ribbon over the front seam and secure it with a dot of glue.

Fold down the upper right ribbon over the back seam and secure it as well. Now you are at your starting position. Hold the headband upside down and make sure to work from the outside of the headband. You should have two right ribbons and two left ribbons.

5.     Fold the right front ribbon to the back of the headband so that there are now three left ribbons.

6.     Fold the one right ribbon to the front of the headband. Now you have four ribbons on the left-an upper front, a lower front, an upper back, an upper back and a lower back.

7.     Fold the upper back ribbon to the front, weaving it between the upper and lower front ribbons.

8.     Fold the upper front ribbon to the back, making sure that it goes under the lower back ribbon.

9.     Now you are back to the starting position. Repeat steps 5-8 until you reach the end of the headband. You will need to fold all the ribbons flat against the head and don’t let them twist. I used an alligator clip to hold my ribbon in place as I continued to weave because you don’t want any gaps.

10.  Once you get to the end of the headband, apply a clip to hold your weave in place. On you last set of steps, glue down the ribbon from steps 5 and 6 and trim the excess.

11.  Continue with steps 7 and 8 and glue those ribbons down as well. Trim the extra ribbon and seal the ends. You can also tuck in the ends and glue in place to make a finished look.

Your woven headband is now complete.

Using 4 ribbons of the same color create a great subtle effect like the white example above.

This headband uses 4 different colors to create an entirely new look.

Have fun experimenting with different color combinations.

Hey! Another great gift idea!

Rita

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Wednesday Tip – Lining Metal Headbands

Tips for Lining Metal Headbands

Supplies:

  • Metal headband
  • ⅜” ribbon
  • Double sided tape

 

1. Line ribbon up with headband and leave about ½” of extra on each side and cut to desired length.

2. Put double sided tape on the length of the ribbon.

3. Starting at one side, fold ½” of the ribbon underneath the headband and then apply the ribbon all the way around the outside of the headband. Finish by folding the extra ½” underneath the finishing end of the headband.

4. Cut two ¾” pieces of ribbon to finish the ends of the headband. Add double sided tape to the small pieces and adhere the center of the small piece to the outside of each end of the headband.

5. Fold the extra ribbon flaps to the underside of the headband and press firmly.

6. Now your headband is ready to wear or embellish.

Just a reminder to check out our great deals this week.

Printed ribbon sale has been extended through December 16!

Free shipping through December 21!

All glitter ribbons are on sale through December 22.

Time to get your crafting on!

Rita

 

 

 

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