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Tutorial Tuesday: Revamped Burlap Lampshade

Do we have any Cooks Illustrated fans out there? I could say a lot about how great that publication is: recipes, beautiful Illustrations, product reviews all come to mind. In my opinion, though, the best feature of their magazine is that they try and cut corners for you. They think like cooks; i.e. “Can I do this faster? With fewer things?” They anticipate the corners you would want to cut, they cut them for you, and if it wasn’t a success they tell you why in DETAIL. As a lifelong learn-it-the-hard-way girl, I appreciate that they do this for me.

All of that is to say – This Lampshade Tutorial is a bit like that. I’ll tell you where I erred, the easy ways I could have NOT erred, and what in my opinion would make an even BETTER version of this very forgiving craft project. Let’s get started!

This lampshade was inspired by the AWESOME and AMAZING Anthropologie-Inspired Lampshade at Tatertots and Jello. So beautiful. That white burlap looks fantastic!

DIY  Burlap re-vamped lampshade via Ribbon and Bows Oh My!DIY  Burlap re-vamped lampshade via Ribbon and Bows Oh My!

You will need the following:

  • 10+ yards Burlap in 6 inch wide Ribbon or strips
  • Glue gun (lots of glue sticks)
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Ironing surface
  • Lampshade (sturdy, if already covered in a burlap shade ALL the better!)
  • alligator clips (not necessary, but always handy, especially if your burlap is unwieldy / tightly curled)

For the not-burlap lampshade: If your lampshade is not covered, take the time now to wrap it snugly in burlap ribbon. Wrap vertically, glue the ends of your burlap to the underside of the lamp. You don’t want a lot of excess ribbon on the underside of your lamp as you’ll see it’s silhouette when the lamp is turned on, so just tuck and glue a little bit of the end underneath. No excess tail. Daisy Mae Belle has a good tutorial for this!

Tutorial: Burlap re-vamped lampshade via Ribbon and Bows Oh My!DIY  Burlap re-vamped lampshade via Ribbon and Bows Oh My!

1. Cut your Burlap Ribbon or strips, fold down the vertical center and iron flat. Cut the strips about 2/3 longer than the lampshade. Our lampshade was 8.5 inches tall, we cut our strips to 11 inches. After placing a few of them, we decided that some strips should be longer – 14 to 16 inches – so that we could make more switchbacks on the surface of our lampshade.

DIY  Burlap re-vamped lampshade via Ribbon and Bows Oh My!DIY  Burlap re-vamped lampshade via Ribbon and Bows Oh My!DIY  Burlap re-vamped lampshade via Ribbon and Bows Oh My!

2. Apply hot glue to the folded edge in 3 or 4 inch segments, apply glue edge to the surface of the lamp, creating a curved path from the bottom to the top of the lampshade. TRIED: applying the ribbon top-to-bottom. We did it this way and think it would be easier working bottom-to-top for better visibility and better control of the glue. TRIED: accordion folding our strips of ribbon and applying glue to the folded edge then unfurling the folds across the lampshade: the motive here was to work quickly with the glue AND create lots of curve along the surface of the shade, but this was a terribly messy approach. We decided that applying glue in small segments and being patient while it sealed was less messy, more effective. TIP: Press the glued surface from the INSIDE of the folded ribbon to create more variation in the ruffle. The more variation you have in the width and tightness of the ruffle, the prettier the overall effect. TIP: exaggerate the curves! You think you’re making more curve on the surface of the lamp than you actually are. 

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Don’t do the following: Think “hot glue spiderweb” when you unfurl the ribbon to apply it to the surface of the lamp.

DIY Ruffle Burlap Lampshade via Ribbon and Bows Oh My! DIY Ruffle Burlap Lampshade via Ribbon and Bows Oh My! DIY Ruffle Burlap Lampshade via Ribbon and Bows Oh My! DIY Ruffle Burlap Lampshade via Ribbon and Bows Oh My!

3. Work tight and in one continuous direction. Don’t space your ruffles out and “fill in” because that’s a glue NIGHTMARE. Nightmare. Glue everywhere / much laughing. The best thing to do is to apply ribbon densely and evenly-spaced. Don’t be upset if you don’t like the “curve” of your ribbons initially – this is a VERY forgiving craft but it comes together slowly. You may not love the placement of your first 3 ruffles, but keep at it. As long as they extend from the top edge of the lamp to the bottom edge and you really work to get that snakey curve, you’ll get an awesome look!

DIY Ruffle Burlap Lampshade via Ribbon and Bows Oh My! DIY Ruffle Burlap Lampshade via Ribbon and Bows Oh My! DIY  Burlap re-vamped lampshade via Ribbon and Bows Oh My!DIY  Burlap re-vamped lampshade via Ribbon and Bows Oh My!

Lastly: Use a bright bulb! This is a great nightlight because it emits such little light from the shade. Also: we used brown, printed burlap but a grey or white shade would be STUNNING, as seen in the Tatertots and Jelly version (link at the top of the post).


Visual Tutorial

Here’s a cute synopsis of our Pinwheel Bow + Bowmaker Tutorial from this past Tuesday.

Personally, I needed about 10 videos and 3 lattes to make this bow but there’s going to be a genius on Pinterest who sees these photos and then makes 10 perfect pinwheels in a row. Then runs a 5k. This is for her <3

Happy Friday, Ribbonistas! What will you do with your weekend? I’m making World Cup Wreaths and possibly canoeing a.k.a. covering my house in Sparkle Tulle glitter then vacating it without cleaning :O

Pinwheel Bow Visual Tutorial via RABOM (

Tutorial Tuesday: Summer Picnic Placemats

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.
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Iron
  • Roughly 2 Yards Pellon White Sew-In Interfacing (20 inches wide)

placemats1. Start by cutting your ribbon into strips. Cut enough strips to fill the interfacing lengthwise and widthwise.

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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.

placemats_75. 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.


placemats_147. Last but not least, run a lighter along the edges of the placemat cleaning up any frays.


All finished! Time to enjoy your placemats.



Wednesday Read: The Complete Photo Guide to Ribbon Crafts

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.

Rabom Ribbonista: Brenda

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

owl pursesWhat wonderful birthday or thank you presents! Which color is your favorite?

Retro Ribbon Photo Album

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)
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • 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!

Happy crafting!

- Lo

No Sew Apron


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

Baker’s Twine Ball

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.

- Lo

4 Lovely Valentine Crafts

With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, we thought we would share some last minute, fun and easy Valentine crafts! Enjoy!

Felt Coffee Cozy

Wear your love on your sleeve!



 Burlap Valentine Notebook 

Write 10 things you love about that special person in your life.

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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!

- Lo

DIY Seasonal Dog Collar

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.

frogcollarYou 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.

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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.

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Clip the threads off of the collar and you are done! Be sure to send us photos of your collars on your dogs!

- Lo

Burlap Valentine Notebook

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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.

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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.

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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.

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4.  Weave the saddle stitch ribbon into the grand natural net ribbon. Then, hot glue the ribbon to the cover of the notebook.

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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!

Happy crafting!

- Lo

Washi Tape Hearts




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.

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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.

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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!

- Lo

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