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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!

Ribbon Christmas Tree! via the RABOM blog Ribbon Christmas Tree! via the RABOM blog

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!

Tutorial: Little Bitty Fork Bow

This Little Bitty Fork Bow comes to you courtesy of our Fall Tent Sale and HairBOWnanza – the sweetest little Ribbonista saw one in the craftroom and asked how to make it so we did an on-the-spot unplanned tutorial and it was great! Five minutes later she was teaching her mom how to do it! So we thought we’d make it into a mini-tutorial for the blog. It’s a good little bow to know! Great for decorating crafts like ornaments, stuffed animals, plushies and felted crafts. And we think it would make a pretty cute set of earrings! Just hot glue these onto some posts!

You’ll need the following:

  • fork (large forks work great! We could have used a bigger one)
  • 3/8 inch ribbon
  • thread

1. Wrap your ribbon around the fork. This part is super easy :)

Fork Bow tutorial via blog.ribbonandbowsohmy.com

2. Wrap your thread around the center of your loops. Wrap more than once – wrap this thread maybe 3 times if you have the patience. Putting your thread through a needle would be helpful, if you have an extra second to thread a needle!

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3. Pull tight! Cinch your tiny bow by pulling on both ends of the thread. Once it’s tight enough, knot it off.

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4. Trim your thread, trim your ends. Voila! What a cutie :)

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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!

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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! (more…)

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 (blog.ribbonandbowsohmy.com)

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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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All finished! Time to enjoy your placemats.

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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.

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You can order it at your local bookstore or from Amazon.

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