Archive of ‘DIY’ category
Happy Earth Day, friends!
What better way to enjoy all of the beauty that nature has to offer than with a picnic at your favorite local park? We thought that picnic table placemats were the perfect craft to celebrate this Earth Day!
For this project, you will need:
- 4, 1.5″ 20 yard spools of grosgrain ribbon. You can choose any color you’d like.
- Hot Glue Gun
- Roughly 2 Yards Pellon White Sew-In Interfacing (20 inches wide)
1. Start by cutting your ribbon into strips. Cut enough strips to fill the interfacing lengthwise and widthwise.
2. Lay your ribbon on top of the interfacing with micro-beads facing up. Then, begin to weave the ribbon into a pattern of your choice. Adjust as you go along to get the ribbon as tight and close as you can. Try to have little to no interfacing showing through.
4. Iron away! Make sure your iron is really hot with no water or steam. You might have to hold it in certain places to make sure that it sticks well.
5. Cut any excess ribbon from the edge and go over the pattern a second time with your iron to insure that the ribbon has bonded with the interfacing.
6. Cut the pattern into separate placemats. We chose to cut our placemats every 8 pieces of ribbon. This gave us placemats that were roughly 12 inches tall.
7. Last but not least, run a lighter along the edges of the placemat cleaning up any frays.
All finished! Time to enjoy your placemats.
Brenda is at it again…this time with Beach Body Purses! How cute are these? Keep your cell phone, credit cards & Chapstick all in one place when you head to the beach or pool this summer! To purchase one of these adorable purses, contact Brenda at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here at Rabom, we already know that crafting with ribbon is fun and super easy. Many novice ribbon users think that bows are one of the few things to make with ribbon…but the possibilities are endless. Use this book to give you hundreds of ideas to discover all of the creative things you can do with ribbon.
You can order it at your local bookstore or from Amazon.
This week our featured RABOM Ribbonista is Brenda Mayfield. She is a talented local crafter who makes these adorable Owl Purses with hints of our ribbon. To purchase one of these adorable purses, contact Brenda at email@example.com.
What wonderful birthday or thank you presents! Which color is your favorite?
I plan to take tons of road trips this summer and I was looking for the perfect photo album to hold my pictures but just couldn’t find one. So, I decided to make my own using some of my favorite ribbon from RABOM.
For this craft you will need:
- Photo Album
- 1 Yard Pellon White Sew-In Interfacing
- Roughly 20 Yards Of Various Colored Ribbon (More colors = less yards per color)
- Hot Glue Gun
1. Start by placing your photo album on the Pellon Interfacing to get an accurate measurement. Leave at least a 2″ perimeter around all sides of the album.
2. Place ribbon horizontally over the interfacing. Once done, start weaving other colors in vertically to create a checkered pattern. Now would be a good time to plug in your iron.
3. Push ribbon close together so that there is no interfacing showing.
4. Iron away! Make sure to get the corner pieces.
5. Flip over and place the album on the back side of the interfacing. Cut a square piece of interfacing off of each corner and pieces off of center binding. Leave a little length on one side to accommodate ribbon movement when closing the album.
6. Take one end of your photo album and fold in and glue down all sides. Partially close album and then glue down all sides on the other end of the album.
7. Burn the ribbon edges to prevent fraying. All finished!
Optional: You can incorporate RABOM’s custom printing to make special wedding presents or team photo albums!
These make the perfect housewarming, wedding or birthday gifts! Have fun with yours and try all kinds of fun designs & patterns!
1. Baker’s Twine Ball
Perfect for outdoor parties or craft room lighting.
2. Burlap Journal
Take this on your spring road trips!
3. Washi Tape Clothespins
Hang your favorite photos & knickknacks from these bright clothespins.
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 temperatures of 60+ degrees, it’s starting to feel a lot like spring around here. We thought it would be fun to make festive spring decorations for around the office so we gathered up some extra baker’s twine to make fun string balls. This project might be a little messy but it is totally worth it!
You will need:
1. Blow your balloon into the shape you want. We went with a medium sized ballon so that it was a little rounder. You can coat your balloon with Vaseline so the twine won’t stick to balloon once dry.
2. Pour Mod Podge into the container and soak your twine. This is when it starts to get messy so make sure you do this outside or over a towel.
3. Start wrapping your twine around the balloon. Wrap vertically, horizontally and diagonally. You can use multiple pieces of twine to avoid tangles. If so, cut out the tangle and tuck the loose string under a wrapped piece of twine.
4. Let your ball dry for 24 hours and then pop the balloon.
All finished! Just remove the shriveled up balloon and crusty Mod Podge.
You can make additional twine balls with our fun spring colored twine! These are perfect for parties or spring weddings! We’d love to hear how you use your twine balls.
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 dogs! I love ribbon, and I love crafting! So it’s only natural to make a personalized dog collar for my main man. With so many fun designs to choose from it’s easy to find a print or solid for your pup’s collar.
You will need:
For this project I suggest you work through the steps without sewing first. It can be very frustrating to have to take out triple stitches so put it together to get the feel of how it works.
1. Measure your dogs neck. You will take this number (my dog’s neck is 17”) and add 11” inches. For my dog that means I need 28” of webbing and ribbon. Easy!
2. Seal the ends of your ribbon and webbing with a lighter to prevent fraying.
3. Center and sew your ribbon to webbing.
4. Take one end and slide it through the strap adjuster – fold over about two inches and stitch this end down. Do two lines of stitching – go back and forth a few times with your reverse button. You can even do an hourglass stitch for a stronger hold.
5. Now, flip it upside down where the webbing shows.
6. Take the female buckle, curved side down, and thread onto the webbing on the opposite end of the strap adjuster.
7. Next, run the end you just threaded back through the strap adjuster. Then, add the D ring.
8. Now, attach the male buckle by threading it up through the end away from the prongs, and back down through the other.
9. Pull 2-3” inches through, keeping the D ring in the middle of the fold you just created. Sew either lines or hourglass stitches on each side of the D ring to secure the buckle.
Clip the threads off of the collar and you are done! Be sure to send us photos of your collars on your dogs!
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!
This is one of my favorite projects because key fobs are so easy and useful! Plus, they are fun for the whole family. You can give one to every family member so they never lose the house key or keep it as an accessory on your key ring. They also make great gifts! Super simple and personalized.
You will need:
1. Sew your ribbon to the webbing. Place the ribbon on top of the webbing and stitch down each side. You may use a fusible webbing to keep your ribbon in place as you stitch.
2. Fold the sewn piece in half.
3. Place the hardware over the raw end & crimp. Be sure to secure the hardware; if it isn’t fully closed the fob will come apart if pulled.
4. For an additional look, use 5 inches of the webbing and ribbon. I love these little fobs..they are perfect for the kids.
You can use the iron or a flat iron (regular hair flat iron) if you have ribbon that needs a good ironing!
Happy key fob making!
We were tired of looking at the plain, ugly brown tables in our craft room. We don’t know about you but it’s so much more motivating to do a craft in a clean and fun room. We decided to add some personality to the tables while keeping them simple.
For this project you will need:
- Sewing patterns (We bought our patterns from a local thrift store)
- Roller Brush & Paint Tray
- 2 Bottles of Mod Podge
- 1 Small Can of polyurethane
1. First you need to clean off the surface of you table. Scrape off any tape, glue or sticky paper. Luckily, we only found one or two pieces of chewed gum on our tables
2. Now for the fun part. Layer the Mod Podge on the table and place patterns strategically in the Mod Podge. We recommend covering the table with larger pattern pieces to start with.
3. Once you have a base layer of large patterns, you can add another layer of Mod Podge and repeat the process with smaller patterns to fill in the gaps. Make sure to get the lip of the table as well.
4. Go over the table one last time with Mod Podge. Allow to dry for at least 2 hours. You might want to take this time to clean off your brushes and paint tray.
5. Now it’s time to coat your table with polyurethane. Using the same (clean) brush as you did for the Mod Podge, go over your table with a few layers of polyurethane. You can never over seal your table, so put on as many coats as you’d like.
How fun was that? This table is certain to give your craft room the sophisticated and fun look you’ve always wanted. Let us know how it goes!
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!