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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


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

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.

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

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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.

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

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!

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

Bottle Cap Game

Bottle Cap Memory Game


Did you ever play the card memory game when you were young? You would spread out a deck of cards face down, turn over two cards, and if the numbers matched you kept the pair and got to have another turn. I LOVED that game…who am I kidding, I still love that game! The only down side to the game is that it takes up a lot of space. I have created a new version of the game with bottle caps that minimizes the amount of space needed. Grab your kids because they will love making this with you!


  • Bottle caps
  • Bottle cap images(make sure that you have two of each image)
  • Glue
  • Dimensional Magic or Epoxy Dots


1. Grab the bottle caps for your game. I used 20 bottle caps in three different colors, but you can use as many bottle caps as you would like(make sure it’s an even number) in whatever color(s) your heart desires. Punch out your bottle cap images with a 1″ hole punch that can be found in the scrapbook section of any craft store. Make sure you have two of each image.


2. Glue the bottle cap image to the inside of the bottle cap and apply an epoxy dot over the image to give it a finished look. You may also apply a thin layer of Dimensional Magic over the image if you don’t have any epoxy dots.


3. Repeat this process on all of the bottle caps. Are you out of bottle cap images? You can also put numbers, letters, or colors underneath your bottle caps instead of an image. This could be a great way to teach a young child their numbers, letters, and colors. If using numbers, this could also become a math game to help kids learn different math functions. Flipping over colorful bottle caps is a lot more fun than having to fill out an addition worksheet.


4. Now it’s time to play the game! Spread all of your bottle caps out with the image side down.


5. Flip over two of the bottle caps. No match :( Now it’s the next person’s turn.


6. One fish…Two fish…It’s a match! The “winner” of this turn takes the pair of bottle caps and gets another turn.


This “condensed” version of the memory game would be great for road trips. Kids can spread the bottle caps out on a lap desk and play for hours. I keep my bottle caps in a mini takeout box, but a little drawstring bag would be cute as well. Enjoy the hours of fun that you will have playing this game!

Linked to Made By You Monday on Skip To My Lou


Click here to purchase bottle caps

Blog Share- Felt Activity Mat

Hopscotch Play Mat


Are you looking for fun inside activities for those rainy, summer days? Kimbo from A Girl and a Glue Gun shares a great tutorial for her Hopscotch Mat over at The Idea Room. This mat could entertain for hours because it has games on BOTH sides of the mat. I’m sure the kids would love to help you make the mat(rainy day #1 activity) , and then they will be able to enjoy it for many rainy days to come. What other games could you incorporate into your felt activity mat?


Mosaic Letter

Mosaic Letter


Are you looking for a way to add a personal touch to your decor? Mosaic letters are the way to go. These are great for bedroom decor, wedding decorations, or a wreath. These are addictive, so be prepared to want to make one for all of your friends.


  • Wooden or chip board letter
  • Tissue paper(optional)
  • Paint(optional)
  • Glass stones
  • Modge Podge
  • Dimensional Magic(optional)
  • Ribbon


1. Gather all of your supplies and get ready for a fun time. I wanted to cover my letter so that some color would peek out through the stones. I decided to Modge Podge some tissue paper onto the chip board letter. You could leave the letter plain or paint it as well.


2. Tear your tissue paper into small pieces that will fit onto your letter. Brush a thin layer of Modge Podge onto the letter.


3. Lay the tissue paper onto the Modge Podge and apply a thin layer of Modge Podge over the tissue paper to secure it to the letter.


4. Continue to layer the tissue paper until you have covered the entire letter. Now take a break and give the letter time to dry. You can trim off the tissue paper over hang once the letter has dried.


5. Once the tissue paper is dry, you can start to apply your glass stones. I used Modge Podge to adhere the stones to the letter, but you can use any heavy duty craft glue as well.


6. Continue to apply the stones until the entire letter is covered. I put some Dimensional Magic in between all of the stones to add a glossy finish, but that’s completely up to you. I also painted a layer of Modge Podge over the entire finished project.


7. Tie a loop of ribbon around the letter, and it’s ready to be displayed for all to see. I used a Satin Edge Sheer ribbon on my letter.


I’m sure you will get many compliments on your new project. This would be great for a nursery. You could use initials or spell out the child’s entire name. I hope you enjoy making this fun and simple craft!


Blog Share- No Sew Beaded Tutu Bedskirt

No Sew Beaded Tutu Bedskirt


Are you looking to do a little redecorating in your daughter’s bedroom? Beth from Free Stylin’ has the perfect tutorial for you! Her No Sew Tutu Bedskirt will be the perfect addition to your princess’ bedroom decor. Little ones may even like helping out with this simple project. I hope this inspires you to add some fun elements to your home decor!


Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day

Do you have any special plans for Memorial Day weekend? I always look forward to my family’s Memorial Day cookout. RABOM has a few crafts that can get you ready for the holiday weekend:

wind glamour

Patriotic Windsock


Picnic Party Series


Patriotic Wreath by It’s A Muegge Life

I will leave you with a recipe for a Patriotic Refrigerator Cake. This would be a great dessert to take to a Memorial Day, July 4th, or Labor Day get together. You can definitely change up the flavors and make this cake for any occasion. I was inspired by the Strawberry Refrigerator Cake found on Crystal & Co.. I changed up a few things to make it fit the patriotic theme, and it tastes delicious. I always love a really easy recipe that you can adapt to your needs.


  • Box of White Cake mix(plus add-ins listed on the back of the box)
  • 1 tsp almond extract(optional)
  • 1 tub(15 oz) of strawberries in syrup
  • 1 small box of vanilla instant pudding
  • 1 cup of cold milk
  • 1 tub of Cool Whip
  • Blueberries

1. Bake the white cake according to the directions on the box. I added 1 tsp of almond extract to the batter because I LOVE almond cakes, but you may leave out the extract. You could also amp up the flavor by adding citrus juice and zest(a lemon and strawberry cake would be amazing :) ).

2. Let the cake completely cool before you move on the the next step.


3. Poke holes in the cooled cake with the end of a wooden spatula or spoon.


4. Puree the strawberries and syrup in a food processor or blender.


Tip: Make sure your strawberries have COMPLETELY thawed before blending them. Mine were still a little frozen and I ended up with a smoothie consistency instead of strawberry chunks in a syrup. The cake was still delicious, but the consistency of the “puree” made it not absorb as well resulting in the Cool Whip layer not spreading over the strawberry soaked cake like it should. That’s what I get for being impatient. You live, you learn.

5. Spread the strawberry puree over the cake and allow time for it to soak into the cake. As you can see, the strawberry mixture didn’t soak in quite as well as it should since it was still a little frozen. Your cake will do much better than mine and won’t have as much puree sitting on top of the cake.


6. Whisk 1 cup of cold milk with the vanilla pudding mix. Fold in the Cool Whip until well combined. Spread the Cool Whip mixture over the cake. You may definitely omit the pudding and just use Cool Whip if you would like(I love all of the options you have in this recipe!).


7. Since this is a patriotic cake, I put blueberries on top of the cake to add the “blue” element. Not a fan of blueberries? You could definitely use blue sprinkles.

I hope you enjoy making this cake for your next cookout! Have fun experimenting with different flavors to substitute in this recipe. I think I want to try lemon and blueberry next time:)

Happy Memorial Day to you and your family!



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