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No-Tails Boutique Bow Tutorial

No tails and no secrets! Except for one – this Boutique Bow method requires you to think in straight lines and RIGHT angles. So make sure your parallel overlaps are truly parallel and your perpendicular placements are truly perpendicular! Or… you know, eye-ball it. Either way, once you get a clip on there or place it on a headband, it’s going to look adorable! This is a great way to mix in different colors or prints to your bow, too. So Holiday / Seasonal Bow Fans, this one is for you!

You’ll need the following materials:

  • 15 to 16 inches of 1.5 inch grosgrain
  • 4+ inches of 3/8 inch grosgrain for knot
  • 2 alligator clips
  • 2 straight pins
  • needle + thread
  • glue gun
  • scissors

the RABOM No Tails Boutique Bow Tutorial

Shamrock Ribbon Sculpture Tutorial

Shamrock Ribbon Sculpture TutorialHello all! Just in the nick of time for St. Patrick’s Day, it’s the cutest Shamrock Ribbon Sculpture DIY! Or Clover Ribbon Sculpture DIY! I say both :)

You’ll need the following: 

    • 3/8 inch Apple grosgrain, 2.75 – 3 inches in length (6 pieces)
    • 3/8 inch Apple Grosgrain, 2.5 inches
    • 3/8 inch Apple Grosgrain, 7 inches
    • Hot Pink 3/8 Saddle Stitch, 6 inches
    • Hot Pink 3/8 Saddle Stitch, 1 inch
    • ** CAREFULLY seal all ends before starting your Ribbon Sculpture
    • alligator clip, either single or double prong
    • Glue gun, lighter, scissors, ruler, needle and thread

– Do not press or pinch heavily the glued pieces of grosgrain together – that will cause your ribbon to warp. When gluing pieces together, use light pressure to help set the glue, be more gentle than forceful and you will have grosgrain that “rests” rather than “pulls” at the glue points.
– Symmetry and right angles are how you get a good-looking finished sculpture. Make sure your ends are straight, not angled, and your pieces are all the same length. Ribbon Sculptures are very small, so small mistakes show up more than they would on a large, fluffy bow or Funky, Loopy bow!

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You guessed it. More Felt Bows!

What can we say? We love these Felt Bows! And at the suggestion of our Ribbonistas, we made them into smaller collections. Now you can get a pack of six bows of different, coordinating colors! Obviously this is awesome. And we’re psyched about these collections! Here are a few *glamour pics* to share with you of this awesome new product!Hipster Heathers! RABOM Felt Bow CollectionsRABOM Felt Bow Collection: Rainbow Felt!

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RABOM Felt Bows (and soon, Rosettes!)

Whew – and we’re back online! Here at Ribbon and Bows Oh My, we switched to a new website layout and knocked our blog down in the process. New, responsive, beautiful, and easier to navigate, we’re in love with it! If you have not seen it, go check it out.

Along with the new website, we added some new goodies – RABOM Felt Bows! 21 new colors and enough material to make six adorable bows. You can mix-and-match the loops, double up loops or tails, and make tails-out or tails-down bows. What’s our favorite thing about these new bows? No sewing! They come together entirely with a glue gun. You can sew if you like, but you don’t have to!

Check out all new RABOM Round Bow, RABOM Medium Bow and RABOM Baby Bow!

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Christmas Tree Ribbon Sculpture Hairclip Tutorial!

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!

Pinwheel Bow + Bowmaker Video Tutorial!

Hey Ribbonistas! New video tutorial is up!

So the Pinwheel Bow has proved to be a little less predictable (albeit JUST AS CUTE) than the Boutique Bow. We’re pretty sure NO ONE in the history of bow making has ever felt that way, but there it is! The RABOM Boutique Bow is just *that* easy to make. But fear not, we’ll get you making some fantastic, adorable Pinwheel Bows in no time! So before anyone has to ask, no we currently do not sell the Bowmaker. But we’re working on it! For now, we found ours on Etsy and know that they can be bought online. You can even find some with handy measurements printed on the bowmaker! Very cool.

So. The Pinwheel Bow. There are ways to do it without the Bowmaker! But when we talked about which method got the best quality bow and which method was the easiest to get right *every* time, the RABOM design team kept coming back to the use of the Bowmaker. But that doesn’t mean we’re going to stop trying to freehand that bow! Because we like for our tutorials to be accessible to all :)

At this point, you can skip over to the tutorial OR peruse the list of materials you need. We cover this in the tutorial as well.

You will need the following: 

  • 1.5 inch grosgrain ribbon, 30 to 28 inches
  • matching 3/8 inch grosgrain ribbon
  • bowmaker
  • between 2 and 6 alligator clips with teeth
  • needle and thread
  • glue gun
  • lighter
  • scissors

Things to keep in mind:

  1. You can correct your folds in the center! Don’t just cinch and let that be it, go in and pull and push those creases until they are even and clear. Before you wrap your thread around your knot, your bow is still in a very flexible and malleable place! So don’t be afraid to arrange the center folds just how you like them.
  2. You do not have to use a 3/8 inch ribbon center. I personally LOVE the 1/8 inch center – I think it’s so dainty! And the Pinwheel bow is a great bow for showing off bling, so add a cap or accessory in the middle if you like.

That’s it! Enjoy and let us know if we can make this tutorial even *better*! And be sure to share your successes :)

Tutorial filming: some advice on Tutorials (and life!)

Dearest Ribbonistas,

Your RABOM Design team is hard at work putting together a lovely, informative, and simple Boutique Bow tutorial and the process has been equal parts FUN and WORK. If you’ve never made a tutorial video, here are some tips we’ve discovered through during our tutorial journey.

  • Resolve tricky or time-consuming steps of your tutorial before you start

Is there something that you’re doing in your tutorial that is causing you to forget your words, train of thought or process? Is there a particular step that is taking a lot of time? Are those things 100% necessary to the video or photos? No? Then take those out! If cutting your ribbon on-camera is taking a lot of time and making you forget your words, cut it beforehand. No one absolutely HAS to see that step.

And ALWAYS thread your needles off camera! Threading needles for an audience? That’s too much pressure for one Ribbonista to handle.

10 tips on how to make AWESOME tutorial videos: via the RABOM blog

  • Use consistent language

We know that you can use “loop” and “ear” pretty interchangeably when talking about a bow, but stick to one – it’s easier on YOU and it’s easier for your viewers to understand. And anything that is easier on you is ultimately better for your presentation. Words to watch and use correctly: bottom, end, top, back, front, up, down, left, right. These are all relative words and some ( The “ends” of your ribbon / The “bottoms” of your ribbon) can be used interchangeably but also may get confusing for viewers, so before you get started, take a few minutes to choose your words and stick to them while you talk!

  • Wear something comfortable that’s not a bright print or pattern

This is some Group Photo Taking 101 – wear grey, white, khaki, chambray or subtle blues because this will allow your viewers to focus on the craft without naturally wanting to gaze at the beautiful pattern of your sleeve. Also – bright pinks and reds will cause “blowout” on a computer or tv screen – this means the pixels loose the ability to show depth because, for lack of a better phrase, the color has blown the mind of the camera with its intensity. This sounds cool, but it’s a bit painful on the ole’ eyeballs.

10 tips on how to make AWESOME tutorial videos: via the RABOM blog


  • Make more than one tutorial

By the time you’re set-up and ready to go and you’ve rehearsed what you’re going to say AND you’ve managed to film a good run-through of your tutorial, you may as well sit down and do a few more while you’re camera is set up! You’ve got your materials out, you’re cozy, and chances are you have more battery power in that camera so keep going!

  • Divide your process into separate videos

If you’re showing people how to make a cute cluster of Shabby Chiffon Flowers for a headband and you know you’re using a Fold-over elastic headband, make a separate video showing people how you made the fold-over elastic headband! Split your process up so you have more videos (more visibility!) and more content for those Social Media rainy days! And your audience will thank you – what’s easy and obvious to you may not be easy and obvious to others!

10 tips on how to make AWESOME tutorial videos: via the RABOM blog 10 tips on how to make AWESOME tutorial videos: via the RABOM blog

  • Talk about what went wrong

If you read any Cooking Illustrated publications, you’ll know that they start the recipe out by telling you ways they tried to cut time / money / material and whether or not it worked. We’re all trying to streamline all the time – if you tried something in your process that didn’t work, let your viewers know! This builds trust with your following and trust = longterm followers! Also, this gives you credibility as a crafter / maker / cook / DIY’er who isn’t afraid to be adventurous and try some hair-brained things! AND lastly – you know those moments in tutorial videos that, well, you can hear crickets chirping in the background? Because you’re busy tying a knot and that’s an important, time-consuming step? This is a good time to chat with your viewers about something like “Guys, DON’T do what I did this one time… “

  • Memorize your first and last line

This is a story-telling technique that works in a million scenarios. This is actually a life-hack.

When you’re going to do something difficult but you know you have to talk through it, memorize the first sentence you’ll say and the last, concluding sentence you’ll say. Everything in between will come naturally if you have a concrete start and stop, one that is rehearsed and makes sense to you. Try this the next time you are telling a story! You’ll see how helpful it is to know that you’re not struggling to start OR stop talking!

10 tips on how to make AWESOME tutorial videos: via the RABOM blog

  • The best camera is the one you have.

It’s an old adage, but it’s true. Get out there and shoot with what you have! If you have an iphone you already have a pretty awesome video camera – use it!

  • Light! Lots of it. But not directly.

Get as much light on your work area as you can – this will make all of your movements clear and easy-to-see for your followers. And if you can, get light from multiple directions! Set yourself up in a room with a lot of windows and film at a bright time of day but avoid direct beams of light as this will cause your screen to go completely white in certain areas (this is called “blowout”) and that’s just as unhelpful as areas that are in utter darkness.

  • Be you! We like you!

If you need to make a joke, make a joke! If you aren’t a big talker, that’s cool, too! Just talk when you think it’s necessary. Do you say “um…” a lot? That’s ok! Don’t be harsh with yourself. Are you actually this amazing actress who is pretty good at DIY but AWESOME at making people smile? Go for it. Have fun. The tutorial is a creative endeavor, so put yourself in there.

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That’s it! We’ll probably think of more as we go on and of course we’ll keep you posted about it. Have any tips for us? Let us know in the comments!


Grosgrain Pumpkin Lantern!

Hello all! This cute little craft is easy as pie. Much easier than pie, actually. If you’ve ever made a pie, it can be a traumatic experience depending on how DIY you go with that crust 😉 This craft is all about Elmer’s Glue (or an equivalent), water, grosgrain, a glue gun, scissors and some time! Here’s the recipe we used for making our stiffened, Glue Glazed Grosgrain.

Glue Glazed Grosgrain:

  • 1 part water
  • 1 part glue
  • grosgrain
  • a place to hang your grosgrain so it does not touch while drying

Just whisk together glue and water (we poured water into our half-empty glues and shook them like crazy), pour into a small bowl with high sides. Add your grosgrain. Let them soak for a minute then pull the ribbons out one-by-one. You can pre-cut your ribbon strips so you’re not unnecessarily stiffening ribbon you won’t use. Gently pull the excess liquid from your ribbon before hanging up to dry but do not crinkle, squeeze or fold your ribbon. Let the ribbon hang perfectly vertically and dry suspended in the air. This should take 1 hour to 4 hours, depending on relative humidity. Don’t use the ribbon unless it’s completely dry. And there you go!

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We think this would look SO cute hanging from a fireplace or in front of a window! Vary the sizes of your ribbon up a little and you can make a variety of sizes! Just subtract 2 inches overall from the lengths and you have smaller, squatter pumpkins to give you pretty varying sizes! Enjoy!

Tutorial Tuesday: Christmas Ribbon Tree!

Ribbon Christmas Tree! via the RABOM blogThis 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
  • lighter
  • scissors


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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

Ribbon Christmas Tree! via the RABOM blog

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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

Ribbon Christmas Tree! via the RABOM blog

Ribbon Christmas Tree! via the RABOM blog

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!

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