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Vintage Velvet Bracelets

Vintage Velvet Bracelets

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Do you have some old brooches laying around needing to be given new life? Velvet bracelets are the perfect solution to this crisis. The possibilities are endless with these bracelets, and I’m sure you will get many compliments on them.

Supplies:

  • Velvet ribbon – I recommend 7/8″ or 1.5″
  • Brooch(es)
  • Velcro – optional

Directions:

1. Gather all of your supplies. I have a beautiful brooch that was my great grandmother’s, so I was delighted to be able to highlight it in this project. I made a couple different styles of bracelets, so I will show you both of them with the hopes that it will inspire you to create your own versions.

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2. I started out by making a cuff bracelet. I liked 1.5″ velvet ribbon best for this style. There are a couple different ways to create your cuff. (A) You can overlap the velvet on the top of your wrist and pin the brooch through both layers to keep the cuff together. My brooch hid the spot where the ribbon overlapped. OR (B) You can pin the brooch  to the center of the velvet and put velcro on each end of the ribbon. The velcro option would probably be best, but option A is great for a last minute accessory on girls’ night.

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3. The second style I have named a “tailed” bracelet. Tie a double knot in the velvet so that the knot is on top of your wrist. I recommend using 7/8″ velvet for this style. Cut the ends of the tails to your desired length and shape. Pin the brooch through the knot. A smaller brooch would work best for this style. My flower brooch was a little big on this style for my liking.

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4. You could also use velvet and a brooch to create an adorable sash/belt for your favorite dress. This would be the perfect finishing touch to any outfit.

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Enjoy experimenting with all of the ways to use velvet and brooches to accessorize your wardrobe :)

Elizabeth

Wedding Aisle Decorations

Wedding Aisle Decorations

It was super windy the day I made these, so sorry for the action shot.

Aisle decorations add a special touch to any venue and are a great way to customize your wedding. I will show you how to make a tulle rosette pomander and a festive paper lantern. I think the paper lantern decoration would be appropriate for a fun and playful outdoor wedding, and the pomander is more elegant and delicate for an indoor wedding. However, they could definitely be interchanged depending on your theme. Let’s get started!

Tulle Rosette Pomander

Supplies:

  • Foam ball
  • Tulle
  • Corsage pins
  • Ribbon
  • Paint(optional)

Directions:

1. I used the top of my Topiary Wedding Table Centerpiece for my pomander. Go to the tutorial to see how to create and apply the rosettes to the foam ball.

2. Take a 1 yard piece of coordinating ribbon and tie it into a loop with a bow. Pin the loop to the top of the pomander and it’s aisle ready!

 

Paper Lantern

Supplies:

  • Paper lantern
  • Ribbon
  • Glue or double sided tape

Directions:

1. There are many ways to decorate a paper lantern with ribbon. You can stream it from the bottom, create stripes on the lantern, or do a combination of the two. The possibilities are endless with this craft, so put your creative mind to work. Below are a couple examples of ribbon paper lanterns.

 

Click on the picture to view the tutorial for this Ribbon Chadelier

Both of these decorations would be great for birthday parties, garden parties, and showers as well. Have fun decorating!

Elizabeth

 

Ribbon Boutonniere

Ribbon Boutonniere

Boutonnieres made out of unconventional materials have been popping up allover the place. Ribbon, buttons, keys, even action figures…you name it. Today I will show you a couple ways you can use ribbon to make a boutonniere. I hope this inspires you to make your very own ribbon boutonniere(feel free to post photos of your version on our Facebook wall).

Supplies:

  • Ribbon of choice(I recommend 1/4″ and 3/8″)
  • Hot glue and glue gun
  • Needle and thread
  • Bobby pin(optional)
  • Floral wire and tape(optional)
  • Pearl bead or button

Directions:

Boutonniere #1

1. Cut three pieces of 3/8″ ribbon for your “leaves”. You will need 1 three inch piece and 2 two inch pieces. Fold them into loops and glue the ends in place.

2.Glue the bases of the two smaller leaves to the base of the large leaf to form a fan.

3. Create a ribbon rosette using 24 inches of 1/4″ or 3/8″ ribbon. You can find a ribbon rosette tutorial on our Rosette Headband post. Glue the rosette to the base of the leaves.

4. Glue your rosette and leaves to a bobby pin or a couple pieces of floral wire that have been twisted together.

5. Wrap ribbon or floral tape around the bobby pin/floral wire. You can attach a pin to the back of the boutonniere or use corsage pins to attach it to clothing.

Boutonniere #2

1. Cut 3-4 six inch pieces of ribbon. Fold the ends of one piece of ribbon into the center and run a stitch or two to create two loops.

2. Do the same thing with your second piece of ribbon and perpendicularly sew it to the first loop to create an X.

3. Keep adding loops until you have your desired fullness. I added one more loop and then some extra lengths of ribbon that have a fishtail end.

4. Add a bead or button to the center to hide your stitches. Add a pin to the back of the boutonniere and you are finished!

These boutonnieres would also make great brooches to add to sweaters or purses. Have fun creating your own ribbon boutonnieres!

Elizabeth

Ribbon and Felt Bouquet-Blog Share

Ribbon and Felt Bouquet

I found this lovely Ribbon and Felt Bouquet on Live View Studios. Anna was kind enough to let us feature this beautiful image today, and you can click on the previous link to go to the tutorial for this great DIY wedding project. Flowers can be expensive, so this a great alternative for a bride’s or bridesmaid’s bouquet. The tulle creates an airy, whimsical quality that complements the delicate felt and ribbon flowers. You will have to scroll down the page on the Live View Studios blog to find the tutorial, but make sure to check out some of the other tutorials and photos from their Sugar Plum Wedding.

Elizabeth

Gem Candle Holder

Gem Candle Holder

Do you want a simple, but elegant decoration to add a special touch to your wedding decor? Do you like the subtle sparkle that candles can bring to a space? Well I have the perfect DIY decoration for you. These gem candle holders take less than 5 minutes to make, so you will have enough to decorate your entire venue in no time.

Supplies:

  • Candle holder
  • Ribbon of choice(I used 7/8″ ribbon for my votive size holder)
  • Gem Slide
  • Double sided tape or craft glue

Directions:

1. Cut a length of ribbon that can wrap around the candle holder and overlaps by about 1/2″. Seal the ends of your ribbon.

2. Slide a gem slide onto your ribbon and push it to the center of your ribbon length.

3. Flip the ribbon over and apply double sided tape or craft glue to the back of the ribbon. DO NOT use hot glue because it will create bumps in the ribbon.

4. Place your gem slide on the front center of the holder and wrap both sides of the ribbon to the back of the holder to secure your ribbon and gem slide onto the candle holder.

Now you are finished! Wasn’t that easy? These would also add a nice touch to a bridal or baby shower centerpiece. Check back next week for more wedding themes posts.

Featured on Skip To My Lou’s Made by you Monday

Elizabeth

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Bridal Show

RABOM at the Pink Bridal Show

Did you receive a pretty diamond ring during the holidays? If so, CONGRATULATIONS! Now it’s time for the fun part…planning your wedding. Flowers, colors, dresses, food…where to start? In the craziness of all of the planning, let RABOM help you tie the knot. We are your one stop shop for all of your ribbon and tulle needs. We had a great time talking to all of the future brides at Chattanooga’s Pink Bridal Show a couple weeks ago, and we would love to help you with all of your ribbon and DIY wedding project needs. I will be featuring some DIY wedding projects on our blog over the next couple weeks so stay tuned!

Here are some past wedding project/idea blog posts:

Ribbon Wands

Wine Glass Centerpiece

Topiary Wedding Table Centerpiece

Ribbon Flower Bouquet

These are just a few of the tutorials and blog shares that have been featured on the blog in the past, so please feel free to search the blog to find other great DIY wedding ideas. Check back soon for new projects and tutorials. Happy planning!

Elizabeth

Shoe Clip-Blog Share

Fancy Bridal Shoe Clip

I LOVE this shoe accessory! Project Wedding featured a tutorial for this Fancy Bridal Shoe Clip as one of their DIY projects on One Lovely Day. This is the perfect way to add a subtle pop of color to a bride’s or bridesmaid’s attire. These shoe clips would also be a fun accent to an outfit for a holiday or cocktail party. Have fun adding new piazza to all of your old shoes!

Elizabeth

Embellishing Wedding Favors

Wedding Favors

Using ribbon and tulle to embellish favors is a great way to incorporate your wedding colors into your favor table. I will show you a few ways that you can use ribbon and tulle to customize your wedding favors.

Bubbles

You can wrap tulle and/or ribbon around your bubbles to add a pop of color to this popular favor.

Candy

Most packages of cellophane bags come with twist ties, so use the twist ties and a loop of ribbon to create a cute little bow.

Boxes

You can use ribbon and tulle rosettes to add color to your favor boxes. You have many options will this type of favor, so use your imagination.

I hope these ideas will give you some inspiration on how to customize your favors!

Elizabeth

Ribbon Wands

Ribbon Wands

This week I will show you different ways to use ribbon and tulle in wedding favors. I’m sure a few people got a pretty ring on Valentine’s Day so now it’s time to start planning the wedding. I hope the ideas I share this week give you some inspiration to incorporate DIY favors into your wedding plans!

Supplies:

  • Wooden dowels
  • Ribbon of your choice
  • Hot glue and hot glue gun
  • Paint(optional)

Directions:

If you would like, start out by painting your dowel. I left mine the natural color to go with my natural color theme. You could also wrap the entire dowel in ribbon if you didn’t want to paint it.

Cut your lengths of ribbon. I cut my ribbon about 18 inches long so that it would be longer than the dowel, but you can cut it to be even with or shorter than the dowel as well. I used two colors in my ribbon wand and cut 5 pieces of each color. If you are wanting to have a multiple strand wand, then I recommend using 3/8″ ribbon. I used RABOM’s Delicate Shimmer ribbon in my example, but any 3/8″ ribbon would work.  RABOM’s Colour Shimmer and Iridescence would also work great for these. I have seen some wands that only have one length of ribbon, so I would recommend using a 7/8″ or 1.5″ width for these types of wands. Seal the ends of your ribbon lengths before you start the next step.

Put a small dot of glue on one end of your dowel. Place one pair of ribbons(one of each color) on the dot of glue.

Make sure the ribbon length continues out past the dowel instead of laying on top of it. Gluing the ribbon this way will give your ribbon wand a more lifted and full appearance.

Continue to glue pairs of ribbon around the entire end of the dowel. I used 4 pairs of ribbon to surround my dowel, but you may use more if you would like.

Take your last pair of ribbons and glue them perpendicular to the other ribbons.

Wrap this pair of ribbons around the end of the dowel to hide the raw edges of the other ribbons. Once you have wrapped to your liking, place a small dot of glue on the ribbon and secure it to your wand. Let the extra ribbon hang down as part of your wand.

Now you have a beautiful wedding ribbon wand for all of your guest to wave as you make your exit. These make for a very fun and colorful picture as the happy couple leaves the ceremony or reception. I hope you enjoy making these as much as I did!

Elizabeth

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Wine Glass Centerpiece

Wine Glass Centerpiece

Supplies:

  • Wine glass
  • Ribbon and or tulle
  • Candle
  • Jeweled Tiger Lily(optional)

 

I’m going to show a few different variations on how to do a wine glass centerpiece.

 

Variation 1: Ribbon pieces

1.     Cut your ribbon into various lengths. You may use all one color or a mixture of colors.

2.     Pile the ribbon into the wine glass and carefully flip it upside down.

3.     Take a jeweled tiger lily and carefully peel off the center jewel.

4. Set the flower on top of the wine glass and place your candle on top of that. You may omit the flower and have the candle sitting on top of the wine glass, but I liked using the flower so that it would help keep the dripping wax off of the glass.

 

 

Variation 2: Tulle strips

1.     Cut your tulle into different size strips. You can leave your tulle as strips or make them into tulle puff. Refer to our earlier post on tulle puffs for the instructions.

2.     Place your tulle puff into the wine glass, turn it upside down, and place the flower and/or candle on top.

 

Variation 3: Korkers

1.     Take about 5-10 pieces of korkers and put them into the wine glass. Flip the wine glass over and add the flower and/or candle.

 

 

You can use each of these on their own, but I combined them to create a tiered centerpiece. I took three different sizes of wine glasses and filled them with a variety of items to add a little dynamic to my centerpiece. You could use all kinds of items and colors with your wine glasses to create centerpieces for many different occasions. Have fun decorating!

Rita

 

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Wedding Table Centerpiece Tip – Tealight

Tealight

Supplies:   

  • Tealight
  • ⅝” ribbon of your choice
  • Double sided tape

 Directions:

1.     Measure around your tealight and add about ¼”-½” to get the length of your ribbon strips. Cut your desired number of ribbon strips.

2.     Put double sided tape down the center of the back of your strip.

3.     After peeling off the paper, start to carefully apply the ribbon to the tealight.

This is a great, inexpensive way to add color accents to your table.

 

You can use any color of ribbon that you like. Take a look at all the different varieties and textures that Ribbons and Bows Oh My has to offer.

Enjoy!

Rita

 

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Share blog – Ribbon Flower Tree and Bouquet

You will love this beautiful Ribbon Flower Tree I found to share with you. This is from Rich and Meg. I love the pearl accents infused with the turquoise and brown colors that you see everywhere lately.

Adding coordinating ribbon as a table runner really pulls this look all together.

Isn’t this bouquet so beautiful? Imagine how much money you can save in your wedding budget by not spending them on flowers!

 

Check in tomorrow for wedding tips!

Rita

 

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Topiary Wedding Table Centerpiece

Happy New Year!

2012 may be bringing wedding bells into your life. If so, best wishes to you! To help you get started in your planning, this week’s theme is Wedding Table Centerpieces.

Tulle Topiary

Supplies

  • Tulle of color(s) of your choice
  • Green foam disc for the base
  • Green foam ball(I used a 6” one)
  • Wooden dowel
  • Corsage pins
  • Glass dish, basket, or other container
  • Ribbon(optional)
  • Paint(optional)

Directions:

1.     Begin by cutting your tulle for the topiary into 18” strips. It took about 25 yards of tulle to cover the entire ball.

2.     Take a strip of tulle and ball up one end to create the center. Slowly twist and wrap the tulle around the center to create a rosette. This is similar to the technique used for the Rosette Headband.

3.     Once you get to the end of your rosette, fold the end under the rosette. Place a pin through the center of the rosette making sure that it goes through the end that you just folded under your rosette.

4.     Push pin into the foam ball to secure your rosette into place. You can paint the Styrofoam ball if you would like, but I liked the green showing through a little. Continue pinning the rosettes around the ball until you have covered the foam ball.

5.     Now it’s time to grab your dowel. You may paint the dowel or cover it in ⅜” ribbon. You will want to decide what part of the ball you would like to be the bottom. Carefully insert the dowel into the bottom of the ball.

6.     Secure your foam disc to the center of your glass dish or other desired base. You can use hot glue or any other craft glue to do this. Take some strips of tulle and bunch it around the exterior of the foam disc until the space between the disc and the container is filled. Stick the dowel into the center of the foam disc. Secure bunches of tulle to the top of the disc until you can no longer see the foam disc. You could also use tissue paper or colored glass beads to hide the foam disc.

7.     Now your topiary is ready for the table. If you use sparkle tulle, I recommend misting the finished topiary with hair spray to help keep the glitter from “shedding”. I used white sparkle tulle for my topiary, but the sky is the limit. You could use any color or even use a few different colors.

 

Check back Wednesday for our weekly tip. This week’s tip will help you create the perfect accent for this centerpiece.

Let’s make it a great year!

Rita

 

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Ribbon Flower Bouquet

Gathered Ribbon Flowers

Continuing our weekly theme of Ribbon Flowers, today I am making a gathered flower from ribbon and attaching it to a stem. Any type of ribbon flower can be used for this bouquet, including the “no sew” ribbon flowers from Monday’s tutorial. Each flower is attached either to a wooden dowel or a looped florist wire that is wrapped with florist tape. Several flowers and stems are combined to make a bouquet.

Supplies:

Ribbon of all kinds – satin, grosgrain, printed, ruffled, etc.

Ribbon width of all kinds – 3/8” for the tiniest to 1 ½ “ for the largest

Green ribbon for leaves

Floral tape or green ribbon to cover the stems

Florist wire (optional)

Wooden dowels – ¼”  – I found skewers to be the perfect size

Needle and thread

Hot glue

The length of ribbon is determined by its width. However, you can experiment with different lengths and widths. After all, nature does that doesn’t she?

For this demonstration, I used about 20″ of satin ribbon.

Directions:Thread a needle with a double thread, knotted at the end. Secure the first stitch by over stitching at the end of the ribbon. Sew a running stitch on one edge of the ribbon. I started at the top of the ribbon and curved the stitch to the bottom of the ribbon. Continue with the running stitch the entire length of the ribbon.

Pull the thread to gather the ribbon. You can pull it tightly or loosely. Either will change the look of your flower.

I pulled it rather tightly and secured the thread by double stitching at the end. Cut off the remaining thread.

Take a small wooden dowel (or wire). Add a small dot of glue to the end of the ribbon, place the dowel (or wire) on the glue and start to roll the gathered ribbon around the dowel (or wire). You will roll and glue as you go, keeping the ribbon at the top of the stem. Add extra glue where you need it.

I made sepals at the bottom of the flower with green grosgrain ribbon (or you could use floral tape). Cut three 2” pieces of ribbon. I cut the pieces on an angle. There is no set rule. These are part of nature!

Cut “V” shapes in the ribbon to look like leaves. Cut a small slit at the bottom of each sepal. Place about 3 dots of glue on the bottom of one sepal.

Position the sepal on the flower and around the stem. Pinch it with our finger.

Do the same for each sepal, fanning them out around the flower base.

Take the floral tape and wrap it under the sepals. Add a little hot glue to secure it. You need to stretch the tape as you pull it to wrap it around the dowel. The tape sticks to itself if you stretch as you twist. You can also secure with glue as you go but you don’t need to. I put glue at the end of the tape near the bottom of the stem. Another option would be to use green ribbon to wrap around the dowel. Glue as you go in this case also.

I added some ribbon leaves to the flower. Start by cutting a leaf shape from some grosgrain ribbon. You will need to seal the edges of the cut ribbon with either a heat tool or a lighter flame. Just be careful not to set the ribbon on fire! I like to use a long handled barbeque lighter for this purpose.

I made some buds by taking a small piece of ribbon and folding it around a dowel. Add some more sepals, glue them to the dowel and add floral tape  down the rest of the dowel.

It takes a lot of flowers to make a full bouquet. You can vary the color and style of flower or you can make the flowers all the same type. The technique of building a ribbon bouquet is the same as it is for real flowers.

While I was making these flower for the demonstration, I also made some small flowers from grosgrain ribbon. These are made in the same manner.

The second flower is made in the same way except I used a double-folded wire with a loop at the end for the stem in place of the wooden dowel.

Sepals are added using floral tape cut in a pointed shape. Continue with wrapping the stem with more floral tape.

Some of them have two stems together. I think this makes the flower look even more real.  This way I was able to twist the wrapped wire around the main stem. Again, floral tape was used to wrap around the two stems to secure them together. Leaves are added in the same manner.

I used a little bud vase to put some of my flowers in to set on my windowsill. They add a little sunshine to a gloomy, cloudy day. I’m sure I will enjoy them well into January as well. As you can see we still don’t have any snow in the Midwest.

The flowers you make can be used for so many occasions. Once you learn how to do this, it’s a great way to cuddle up before the TV or fireplace, supplies in hand and make flowers to brighten your life and those of others. Remember practice makes perfect. While no two flowers are exactly the same, the process will get easier. What great gifts!

 

Enjoy!

Rita

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