Archive of ‘DIY’ category
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!
Wow! How adorable are these? If you haven’t noticed, we are slightly obsessed with baker’s twine art.
This easy baker’s twine art makes the best holiday gift! For this project we chose to make a freehand star – you can freehand any object or find a line drawing online to print!
You will need:
You need a piece of wood that will be larger than your drawing. You may paint or stain the wood or leave it as is. You want a piece that is at least .5” thick.
1. Sand the edges if necessary and paint or stain as you wish.
2. Place your drawing or print on top of the wood and secure with tape. Place nails, as needed, around the drawing.
3. Once you have your pattern, start wrapping Baker’s Twine around the nails. There is no right or wrong way. You can do a simple wrap or fill the entire inside of your pattern.
4. Remove the paper from underneath your twine art and tada, you’re all finished!
Alternately, you can add more nails around the pattern and leave the inside empty and wrap around the exterior to create a totally different look.
How cute and easy was this project? What objects are you going to make? Let us know!!
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!!
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 hole 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!!
As promised, here are five more super simple holiday crafts that you can do using RABOM Ribbon!
1. Let the kids cut out holiday designs from old cardboard or holiday cards. Then punch a small hole at the top and have the kids string them onto ribbon creating their very own holiday banner.
Photo from Pinterest
2. Whip up some holiday fudge (with peppermint candy bits on top, of course), and use RABOM’s ribbon or baker’s twine to tie wax paper around your fudge. Pass them out to the neighbors, they will love it!
Photo from Paula Deen
3. Before saying grace at the holiday dinner, pass the end of a ribbon around the table so that every family member is “connected.” This is something the kids will remember for years to come. Want your last name on custom ribbon? We can do that at RABOM!
4. Tie up those holiday napkins and place setting cards with bright, seasonal ribbon to make the table extra festive.
Photo from French Larkspur
5. Make aprons for the little ones using holiday placemats and satin ribbon.
Photo from Dana Made It
Which project is your favorite? We’d love to hear how you plan to use RABOM ribbon this holiday season! Comment below with your project idea.