November 2011 archive

Christmas Decorations Tips

Tip #1

Hang Ornaments from Ribbons Over a Mirror

Use ribbons to hang ornaments over mirrors or in front of windows. The ornaments are reflected in the mirrors making them glimmer and glow while adding dimension to your room.

Tip #2

Tulle Ornaments

Remember the tulle wreaths I showed you before Thanksgiving? These two ornaments use the same technique.

Supplies for Snowflake Tulle Ornament:

One 3/4″ white plastic ring (package of 14 found in the drapery department)

7 pieces of 6″ white tulle 3″ long cut in “V” shape on the ends

Resin snowflake

Hot glue

Instructions:

Fold each tulle piece in half, make a loop at the fold and knot it through the ring.

Do this for each piece of tulle.

Hot glue the snowflake to the center of the tulle snowflake.

Add a hanger.

Poinsettia Ribbon Ornament

This is made the same way.

 Cut 5/8″ Red solid sheer ribbon into 4″ pieces. Cut as you go to tightly fill the ring.

Knot the ribbons on a plastic ring.

Hot glue a green Korker ribbon for a bow at the top.

Add a hanger.

Enjoy! Don’t forget to submit your favorite crafted decoration using RABOM supplies.

Rita

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Tuesday Blog Sharing

 Felt Ornament

Blog Share Day

I found this felt ornament on-line. I just had to share it with you. Click on the picture to check it out.

 

 

Don’t you love it? Just think of the different materials you could use to make it unique -circles of paper, ribbon, burlap, tulle, etc. The possibilities are endless.

I am getting so excited about the holidays. I think decorating my tree is one of the joys of my holiday season. My tree is a family history. There are ornaments dating back to our very first tree.

The story of those ornaments goes like this. My husband and I were newly married, living on a budget, yet wanting a meaningful, beautiful Christmas tree. After trudging through the snow we found the perfect tree to cut. Nearby in the woods the ground was covered with small flower-like pine cones. We collected as many as we could find. At home, I sprayed each one using different colors of bright paint. Adding a wire loop and an ornament hanger they were ready to grace our first tree. I still have those same pine cones, many years later. I have given each of my children a few to hang on their trees, but have several left for mine. They represent years of happiness and fond memories. They are hidden among the new glistening ornaments. Not everyone sees them, but I know they are there.

Since then, new ornaments have been added each year. Some were gifts, some are child crafted just for mom and dad, and some mark special occasions. All those memories come back as I hang each one on the tree.

Ribbons and Bows Oh My invites you to post your favorite crafted decorations using RABOM supplies. You will find the Friday Share tab at the top of my blog. It’s “Your Turn to Chirp!”

 Have fun decorating!

Rita

 

 

 

 

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Glass Ribbon Ornaments

Theme of the Week: Christmas Decorations

Monday’s Project:

Glass Ribbon Ornaments


General Supplies:

  • Clear glass Christmas ornaments with removable tops (found at all hobby stores)
  • Ribbon – choose about 4 different patterns in any theme you wish
  • Wooden skewer to help position ribbon in the ornament
General Instructions:
1. Remove metal top from your ornament.

2. Insert ribbon into the ornament

3. Use a wooden skewer to help position the ribbon.

4. Re-insert your top and tie with a piece of coordinating ribbon for hanging.

On the Ribbons and Bows Oh My home page, you will see glass ribbon ornaments found under Projects.

These ornaments can be used for any occasion or decoration:
Christmas, Birthdays, Weddings, Halloween, Your athletes, School colors, and for Baby’s first Christmas. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination.

These are the ones I made this year. It is so much fun experimenting with different combinations of ribbons.

Mint and Peppermint Parfait Ribbon Ornament

Supplies:

  • One 3 1/4″ glass ornament
  • 4 Hot Pink Korkers
  • 4 Green Korkers
  • 2 – 12″ pieces of 3/8″ hot pink grosgrain

Click here to order Korker Ribbon

Instructions:

  1. Layer 2 korkers of the same color at a time. Continue until all the korkers are used. Turn the bulb around and slightly tilt it as  you feed in the korkers. Use a wooden skewer to help position the ribbon.
  2. Replace the top.
  3. Add a bow and a hanging ribbon using the two 12″ pieces of 3/8″ hot pink grosgrain ribbon.

 

Angel Ribbon Ornament

Supplies:

  • One 3 1/4″ glass ornament
  • 12-24″ Angel decorated ribbon
  • 24″ saddle stitch ribbon in red
  • 24″ saddle stitch ribbon in white/red
  • 24″ Angel for a bow
  • 12″ white satin ribbon, 3/8″ or less

Click here to order Angel Ribbon

Instructions:

  1. Add the Angel ribbon to the ornament first. Twist the decorated ribbon with the image on the outside. Use a skewer to position the ribbon for the angels are right-side up. Adding 12″ of the 5/8″ decorated ribbon at a time makes it easier to control.
  2. Add the other ribbons randomly. This gives a casual effect and adds to the interest of the ornament. Each ornament will be unique!
  3. Replace the top.
  4. Finish with hanger made from the white satin ribbon. Loop it through the hanger of the ornament, tie the top in a square knot. Add a Angel ribbon bow.

 

Soccer Ribbon Ornament

( For the athlete in your  family)

Supplies:

  • One 3 1/4″ glass ornament
  • 12″ Jolly Holiday decorated ribbon (three sets of words)
  • 24″ of Soccer ribbon in red, 7/8″ wide – cut into two 12″ pieces
  • 24″ Swiss dots, White/black, 5/8″ wide
  • 24″ Stripes, black, 7/8″ wide
  • 24″ red satin ribbon, 3/8″ wide for the hanger

Click here to order sports ribbon.

Instructions:

  1. Add the Jolly Holiday ribbon using a skewer to position the ribbon. Make sure the words are facing up so you can easily read them.
  2. Add one 12″ piece of the Soccer ribbon. Twist the ribbon as you feed it through the opening. Use a skewer to spread it out as much as you can.
  3. Add the Swiss dots and Stripes.
  4. Add the last 12″ piece of Soccer ribbon.
  5. Try different layers until you like the results. I used a long nosed tweezers to remove any ribbon that wasn’t cooperating! Then I tried again.
  6. Replace the top. Add the red satin ribbon hanger.

 

Train Ribbon Ornament


(For Andy’s First Christmas!)

Supplies:

  • 24″ plus a little more of Trains, 5/8″ wide, in 12″ pieces
  • 24″ plus a little more of Stripes, Baby Blue, 5/8″ wide, cut in 12″ pieces , plus 12″ of the bow
  • 24″ Blue grosgrain, 5/8″ wide, cut in 12″ pieces
  • 12′ red satin, 3/8″ wide for color in the glass ornament and another 12″ for the hanger.

Click here to order Train Ribbon.

Instructions:

  1. I put the Train ribbon in first. By using smaller pieces, I could control where they go. The results will still become a random design.
  2. Add the other ribbons, interchanging the colors to create an effect you like.
  3. Replace the top and add a bow and hanging ribbon.

This is so much fun! There are so many possibilities!

See  you tomorrow,

Rita

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Trot Your Turkey Winner

Happy Thanksgiving!

 The winner of the Trot Your Turkey is posted on the link to the right.

Thank you to everyone who submitted such great ideas for Trot Your Turkey.

My family and I are having a great day! Kids, dogs, aunts, uncles, grandmas, cousins, moms, dads, – just everyone is here! This couldn’t be better.

These cute turkey napkin rings are marking the place where each child will sit. Michelle and Grace had so much fun making them with me, I just had to share them with you.

Hope your day is going as well as mine is. Families are the best!

 

 

We will continue our blog next week featuring Christmas Decorations. Have a great weekend!

Rita

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Flower Freshener Tip

This Flower Freshener is a quick, cute way to beautify your home. It’s super easy.

 

 

 

 

 

Supplies:

A shallow wide glass vase

Clear, plastic crystals(Crystal Dazzlers)

Fragrance oil

Almost Real Daisy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Pour crystals into the vase.

2. Squeeze about 10 drops of fragrance oil over the crystals.

3. Put your Almost Real Daisy on top of the crystals. Now you have a beautiful air freshener to display around the house.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click here to order Almost Real Daisies

 

Check out this Harvest Table Decoration from Better Homes and Gardens.

Until then – enjoy and be thankful. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family from the Ribbon and Bows Oh My family!

Rita

 

 

Woven Ribbon Napkin Ring

Woven Napkin Ring

You will love making this napkin ring. It goes perfectly with this week’s table runner.

 

Supplies:

Quilter’s board

Fusible interfacing

Ribbon of your choice

Pins

Iron

Hot glue gun

 

1. Cut a piece of interfacing to the exact(or a little less) dimensions of your desired napkin ring weave. I used three ⅜” ribbons as my warp(vertical) ribbons and made my weave about 5 inches long. My two outer ribbons were 5 inches long, but the inner ribbon was 16 inches long so that I can tie it around the napkin.

2. Pin the interfacing, adhesive side up, on your board. Make sure that it will be in the center of your long piece of ribbon.

3. Pin the warp ribbons to the board. The corners of the outer ribbons should match up with the corners of the interfacing.

4. Cut a one yard piece of your weaving ribbon. Weave it in and out of the warp ribbons.

5. Once you get to the outside, fold the ribbon under itself and then overlap it.

6. Continue weaving and folding until you get to the end of your warp ribbons.

7. With a press cloth, iron over the center of the napkin weave to slightly fuse it to the interfacing. Then unpin one side of the weave and press it to cease the folds. Repeat with the other side.

8. Flip the weave over and iron the back of the interfacing. You will need to use a little hot glue at the beginning and end of your weave to hold the ribbons together.

7. Now you are ready to tie your napkin ring around your napkin for a great complement to your table runner.

I love this easy woven napkin ring. It has so many possibilities for future ideas. HMMM! Valentines’ Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Super Bowl, …………

Enjoy!

Rita

 

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Woven Ribbon Table Runner

Woven Ribbon Runner

You will keep this woven ribbon table runner for generations. I guarantee it!

The art of weaving is an ancient craft. Once you have started you will feel the peace and love that goes into each row. I find it a very inspiring and calming experience. Weaving was always one of my art students’ favorite projects. Everyone got into it, especially when I told then that long ago, men were the traditional weavers of their villages, thus the family name: “Weaver”.

Supplies:

Padded quilter’s board

Fusible interfacing

Ribbon of various colors and sizes to match your theme

Pins

An iron

Bodkin, elastic guide, or large-eyed needle

Hot glue gun

 

  1. Cut interfacing to go under your weave. Make it four inches longer and four inches wider than the dimensions of your final weave.
  2. Pin the corners of the interfacing to your quilter’s board. Make sure the adhesive side is facing up. Leave two inches of interfacing at the top above your first grid. You will probably have to do your table runner in sections, so you will have a lot of interfacing left past the end of your board.
  3. Cut your ribbon into strips. The vertical ribbons, or the warp ribbons, need to be 2 inches longer than your desired runner. The horizontal ribbons, or the weft ribbons, need to be 2 inches longer than the desired width of your table runner.
  4. Pin all of your warp ribbons to the top of the quilter’s board. Leave about an inch of extra ribbon above the first grid. Once you pin the top of the ribbon, secure the ribbon at the bottom of the board with a pin as well.
  5. Now you are ready to weave. Use a bodkin, elastic guide, large-eyed needle, or your fingers to weave the weft ribbons through the warp ribbons. Make sure to pull each weft ribbon tight and pin the ends in place. Start at the top and weave all the way to the bottom of your board. Each row will be opposite the next row. I call it like this: Row 1 – A B A B pattern as in Over/Under/Over/Under all the way across, Row 2 – B A B A pattern as in Under/Over/Under/Over all the way across. Then repeat each pattern to the bottom of your board.
  6. Once you reach the bottom of your board get your iron ready. Most interfacings call for a wool setting on the iron, but check the instructions of the interfacing you purchase to make sure that you are following those instructions. Using a press cloth, iron over the top of the ribbon weave to lightly fuse it to the interfacing. Make sure to press the iron tip at the corners of the pattern.
  7. Unpin all of the ribbons/interfacing and carefully slide the quilter’s board down to the next section. Pin the tops and bottoms of the warp ribbons again. Repeat the weaving and ironing process until you are at the end of your table runner. Remember to leave about an inch of extra ribbon at the bottom.
  8. After you finish ironing the front of your last section, flip the table runner over so that the interfacing is on top. Following the instructions on your interfacing, iron the interfacing to your ribbon weave. Allow the design to cool before handling.
  9. Now it’s time to give the table runner a finished look. With the interfacing side still up, fold back the extra inch of ribbon and tuck the interfacing underneath so that the two adhesive sides will be facing one another. Using your press cloth, iron over the edge of the ribbon to create the crease and make the extra ribbon adhere to the underside of the table runner. Repeat on all sides of the table runner. The put a small dot of hot glue on any spots that sticking very well such as the corners.
  10. Now flip your table runner over and it’s ready to be the center focus of any table!

 Set up your boards, turn on some Christmas music and WEAVE! You will be surprised how calm you will feel.

Can’t wait to see your woven tablerunners. Be sure to upload your photo to the link on the right.

Tomorrow: Woven Napkin Rings

Until then, happy weaving!

Rita

Friday Sharing Day – Wreaths

It’s the end of the week already. It’s been so much fun showing you the different wreath ideas.

Thanksgiving is almost here. We here at Ribbons and Bows Oh MY are so GRATEFUL for your support and business that we are offering you an incentive to submit your ideas for Thanksgiving. We would like you to share with us. Look on the right of the blog, link in and show us your STUFF(ing)!!!

Click on the Turkey on the right to see the Turkey Day ideas.

Have a great weekend! See you next week with Holiday Table Decorations.

Enjoy!

Rita

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Bow for Blue Braided Wreath

The Bow for the Blue Braided Wreath

I made a triple bow using two different ribbons. I wanted to repeat the color of the wreath, yet add some shimmery effect.

I used 32″ of Woven Shimmer in silver, 7/8″ wide and 32″ of Elenora, Royal/Silver, 3/8″ wide. I treated the ribbons as one, placing the smaller ribbon on top of the wider one. Long streamers are made from the same ribbons.

Here is a video about how to create the bow used to finish off the blue braided wreath in yesterday’s post.

I really like this wreath. The highlights on the satin ribbon add a lot of dimension to the design. It will look great for the holidays yet can be used throughout the winter months. You certainly could add small snowflake embellishments to the wreath. Be creative!

Our new Candy Cane Stripes ribbon would be really pretty in a braid. I would order the 7/8″ wide ribbon for a large wreath, or 3/8″ wide for small wreaths. I think I’ll try that next. If you try a different color or ribbon, please send us a photo to share.

Be sure to send us your creations using the link on the right.

Enjoy crafting!

Rita

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Braided Ribbon Wreath

This braided ribbon wreath is one you will enjoy making. Once you learn the technique, you can try it with different size ribbons to make large wreaths for doors and walls or small ones for ornaments. I used this tutorial from The Trouble with Crafting to learn the process. There is also a great YouTube video showing the process for small braided wreath ornaments, Christmas Ribbon Wreath by cibglazer. I found these both helpful but then I upped it a notch to make this larger version of a braided wreath. I love the results, hope you do too!

This type of braid is called a Military Braid. We will make two identical braids and put them together on a metal hoop to create our wreath.

Supplies:

  • 10″ metal hoop or a metal hanger formed into a circle.
  • Approximately 55″ inches of blue satin ribbon to wrap around the metal hoop
  • 4 lengths of 5/8″ blue satin ribbon cut 72″ long
  • 32″ of woven simmer silver ribbon, plus a 24″ piece of the same ribbon (Bow)
  • 32″ of Elenora, Royal/silver 3/8″ ribbon, plus a 24″ piece of the same ribbon (Bow)
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks

 

Directions:

After forming a hoop from a metal hanger, or use a metal purchased hoop, wrap the metal with about 55″ of blue satin. Secure the ends with a dot of glue. Also use a pliers to bend the hanger part to form a loop so the wreath can be hung. If you use a purchased hoop, attach small length of ribbon now to use to hang your finished wreath.

We will make two braids that are identical. Following are the directions for one braid. Begin by taking two of the 72″ long satin ribbons

Step 1:  Take two 72″ long satin ribbons. Fold down 1- 1/2″ from one end of each satin ribbon. I used a pin to hold it in place while I inserted a small piece of Stitch Witchery or other similar product under the end of the ribbon. The Stitch Witchery is used to hold the end down. You can see it at the tip of the pin. You want  to create a loop at one end. Make sure there is an opening of at least 1″ in the loop. Do the same for the other ribbon.

Step 2:  Working from the back, begin the braiding by sticking one loop of one ribbon through the loop of the other ribbon. About one inch should be showing on the other side.

 

Step 3: Taking the right ribbon in your hand, fold the ribbon away from you to form a loop. Don’t crease the ribbon, allow it to be rounded. Push the loop through the opening of the left ribbon until it is about 1″ beyond the opening. Gently pull on the left ribbon to remove the slack but don’t crimp the ribbon. Keep them flat.

 

Step 4: Take the left ribbon, fold it away from you and form a loop. Push the new loop through the last loop. Pull the right ribbon to remove the slack.

 

Step 5: Repeat Step 3 and Step 4 until you used up the ribbons. One may be a little longer than the other. That’s OK. Uniform side loops look more professional and with practice it will become easier. Remember to keep the ribbon braid flat.

 

Step 6: To end the braid, just push the remaining end of the last ribbon through the loop

 

 

Step 7: Repeat Step 1-6 with the two remaining 72″ ribbons to make the second braid.

 

Step 8: When the two braids are complete, put a pin at the end to hold the ends in place.We will secure this later.

 

Step 9: Lay the braids right side down on a table and place the covered metal hoop over the braids. Arrange the braids to fit the curve of the hoop. The bottom of the two braids are overlapped slightly at the bottom of the wreath. The top is also overlapped slightly. Pin the braid in place. When you have the braids look even and round, place a dot of hot glue under the loop to hold the braid in place. I then made small rolls with the  remaining ribbon ends left at the end of the braid and glued them in place on the front side. Don’t cut them, just roll them and glue. This is where the bow will go, so it will be OK. You can see how I had bent and covered the entire hanger to create a hook on the wreath. Turn the wreath over.

Directions for adding a bow will be featured on Thursday’s blog.

Enjoy braiding!

Rita

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Other Tulle Wreaths

I found a really cool wreath I want to share with you on this website. Check out The House of Smiths  and this Rosette Tulle Wreath. Wouldn’t this be cool with some battery operated white lights to highlight it?

 

Next: New Look, Same Wreath

I actually updated the same wreath I showed yesterday into two different Christmas wreaths.

Glitzy Glam Wreath

I purchased some glitzy silver and bright green leaves and berries stalks, cut them apart and wired them to the wreath hoop. I found some wired ribbon in hot pink, green and silver to carry out the theme. It’ll be perfect for my granddaughter’s hot pink and black themed bedroom.

Snowman Wreath


In this version, I found some old Christmas decorations in the basement. There were 3 holly berry candle wreaths I opened up with a wire cutter to make 3  small swags. Each was wired to the inside of the tulle wreath. Next I wired a Snowman who used to sit on my mantle to the bottom of the wreath. Using the a 6″ by 60″ piece of burlap I made the hanger and tied another piece with a square knot. The knot is hot glued to the burlap ribbon not on the wreath.

Of course, you could make new wreaths since tulle is relatively inexpensive. Then you would not have to take the Thanksgiving one apart. I liked the idea of getting more use out of one wreath.

I’ve been searching for other tulle wreaths. I found these sites for you to check out and inspire you.

 

Tulle and Satin Christmas Wreath by Artfully Caroline

 

Christmas Tulle Wreath by Holiday Snob

 

Tulle and Burlap Wreath by The Gathering Place Design

Love the combination of tulle and burlap!

 

Quick and Easy Wreath by Creative Kismet

 

Good and Old Tulle Wreath by Just a Girl

A great way to reuse and recycle old Christmas decor!

 

Fall Tulle Wreath by Coleman-Crye

 

Do you have a favorite wreath you made or saw someplace else? Tell me about it and we will post them on Friday Share Day this week.

See you tomorrow.

Rita

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Holiday Wreaths

Holiday Wreaths seemed to be the perfect theme for this week. Last Thursday,  I looked out my patio doors while working at my computer and all I saw was SNOW! I know I wasn’t the only one surprised to see it, but there it was falling on top of my yard full of unraked leaves. It made me in the mood to think, “WREATHS” for the holidays. Today I am featuring a tulle wreath.

Tulle Wreath Supplies

  • 10” metal wreath hoop
  • 2 spools of tulle,
    burgundy tulle, cut into equal 18” lengths
  • Embellishments, purchased fall flower collection with leaves, burlap ribbon made from a cut piece of burlap

Directions:

Cut the tulle into 18” lengths. You can make them longer, if you wish. 24” will make a larger wreath but you will need another spool of tulle. HINT: scrunch the tulle at the place you want to cut it to make it easier to cut.

 

Put the two ends together to make a loop, put the loop under the metal hoop, fold the ends of the tulle over the metal hoop and pull the ends through the loop. Pull tightly to make a knot.

 

Repeat all the way around the hoop until you have your desired thickness. Attach a ribbon to the metal hoop to create a loop to hang the wreath.

 

Embellishment can be anything you wish to add. The sky is the limit! I wired a purchased fall flower with leaves and a floppy burlap bow to use it at Thanksgiving. Hint: Since the color is burgundy, adding Christmas embellishments later will carry it throughout the season.

 

Can’t wait to see your tulle wreaths for the holidays. Please send in your ideas and creations. There is a link on the right side of this blog.

See you tomorrow!

Rita

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Friday’s Craft

Sharing Day at Ribbons and Bows Oh My  is every Friday.  Just follow my link on the right to submit ideas, favorite projects and project photos. Ribbons and Bows Oh My will post the best ones the following week. Look on our Facebook link for so many tutu ideas previously submitted there.

Yesterday there was a question about making tulle puffs. After giving a suggestion, I promised the viewer another way to make the puffs.

Making a Tulle Puff Using Your Hands as the Guide

Cut about 45″ of 6″ tulle and a 1″ x 6″ piece of tulle . I am going to use the fingers on my left hand to wrap the tulle around since I am right-handed. Please adjust accordingly. Palm side up, create a “V” between your middle and ring fingers holding the other two fingers together. You know like in Spock’s Vulcan Salute? Hold one end of the tulle with your thumb against your palm.Wrap the tulle, scrunched together as you go, up and around towards the back of the top fingers, through the “V”, down the front and around the back of the bottom fingers. Continue wrapping the tulle in a “figure 8″ pattern around your fingers until you run out of tulle. Taking the small piece of tulle, wrap it around the center where the tulle crosses over itself. Take it off your hand and tie the center tightly. Now pull each tulle loop apart. Adjust the loops randomly to create a full puff. This puff is about 3″ in diameter, depending how big your hand is, I guess. Try it, it’s fun!

Imagine using this technique in making beautiful tulle ribbons for gift wrapping.

Until next week – ENJOY!

Rita

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Ballet Accessories

Ballet Accessories Created by You!

No Sew Tutu! Ballerina Wand!  Now it’s time to make some hair embellishments using colors that match and enhance the overall ballerina look.

I chose to make Pony Tail Elastic Streamers using the same ribbons, colors and textures I used on the ballerina wand. This is a great time to use up small pieces of ribbon if you have any. Just make sure the colors compliment the tutu and wand. It’s OK if you introduce some new ribbons and colors; just keep some of the same colors to create unity in the design. Since my color scheme is red and pink, I added some Hot Pink Korker ribbon along with repeating the other ribbons used in the wand.

The tutorial on making Pony Tail Elastic Streamers is found on our Wednesday blog. It gives a basic lesson on making these super easy hair ribbons that little girls love to wear. These can have lots of ribbons or just a few chosen colors. It’s up to you! All of the ribbons including the Korkers can be ordered at Ribbons and Bows Oh My.

Pony-O Streamers
Supplies I used:

Hot Pink grosgrain Korker ribbon – (3/8”) 2 – 8 inch pieces
12 “ piece of Rose Pink Cherries patterned grosgrain ribbon
12” piece of Two Tone pink Glitterific (3/8”) ribbon
12” French Pink 3/8” grosgrain ribbon Plus another 6 “ piece
2 – 12” pieces of solid sheer 3/8”, light pink, ribbon
Pony Tail Elastic
Hot glue gun and glue
Needle and thread

• Start by stacking the ribbons on top of each other beginning with the widest one first. Don’t worry if they are not perfectly lined up. You will trim them later so that lengths are varied in size.
• With the needle and thread baste the center of the ribbons together, crimping the widest ribbon. Secure by wrapping the thread around the center.
• Tie a square knot in the 6” ribbon. Dot glue in the middle of the knot and a-line the knot to the center of the ribbons perpendicularly.

• Put a glue dot on the Pony Tail Elastic elastic band and secure it the to the ribbons. Wrap the ribbon around the elastic and hold it tight. Snip the extra ribbon.
• Cut the hanging ends of the long ribbon in any cut your wish. Some ideas are the fishtail, diagonal or squiggly cuts.
• Add any embellishments you wish

Hair clips:

Glue the same selection of ribbons to a hair clip. Small pieces of Korker ribbons work really well here.

Headbands:

Cover a headband with a ribbon that compliments the color scheme. Next hot glue Korkers, short pieces of ribbon, small flowers, etc. to the headband.

Ballerina Legwarmes: The same ribbons are added to a hair clip and clipped to legwarmers. Now my ballerina is complete from head to toe!

Did you know Ribbons and Bows Oh My now carries headbands in three sizes: adult, child and, now, doll sizes? Imagine making matching ballet class tutus, wands and headbands not only for your little ballerina but for her doll, too. She will love it!

Friday is set aside for Sharing Day. All you will need to do is follow the link on the right side of this blog to send us your photos and ideas!

Until tomorrow -

Rita

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Ballerina Wands

What ballerina doesn’t need a wand to help her “Swing, Swish and Sing”?

That is just what we are making today: a  Ballerina Wand. During our photo shoot below, everyone watching had to  try out the wand. I think I was first in line! There is something magical about long, flowing streamers that brings a smile on your face and a bounce to your toes!

Supplies:

• One 12” wooden dowel
• Paint (optional) acrylic
• Ribbon (optional) to wrap the dowel
• Fabric glue (optional) to glue the ribbon to the wand handle
• Various colors and lengths of ribbon
• Beads, bells (optional)
• Glue gun  OR a flat head thumbtack
• Embellishment for the top (silk flower, tulle poof, beads on wire)

Directions:

Wand Handle: Make this ahead if you are painting it to allow drying time. The thickness of the dowel will depend on how strong you want it to be. I used a dowel that is 3/4″ in diameter.

• Paint the wooden dowel with acrylic paint.

• OR wrap the dowel with ribbon secured with hot glue.

• OR use fabric glue and ribbon to glue and wrap as you go along the dowel.

Ribbons:

• Cut ribbons of various lengths and colors of your theme. I made mine all different lengths (36” to 20”) and textures. I used 6 different ribbons: solid sheers in light pink in both 3/8” and 7/8” widths, Rose Pink Cherries patterned grosgrain, 7/8”size, French pink 3/8” solid colored grosgrain, Hot pink 3/8” solid colored grosgrain, and Two Tone pink Glitterific 3/8”. All these are from Ribbons and Bows Oh My. Remember, you want the ribbons to swing as your ballerina twirls!

• I referred to the tutorial, “Pony Tail Elastic Streamers”, to learn how to layer the ribbons and secure them together.

Pony Tail Elastic from Jennifer Huinker on Vimeo.

Instead of making all the ribbons even, I layered the ribbons on top of each other randomly making some sides uneven and some centered. After determining a center, baste the center with thread, cinching in any wider ribbon. Wrap the thread around the center point to secure all of the ribbons. Take a narrow ribbon piece and glue it perpendicular to the center of the cinched ribbons. Add a dot of hot glue to the topside edge of the dowel to glue the centers to the dowel. Wrap the single ribbon around the dowel and secure with more glue.

• Option: Use a thumbtack to secure the center of the cinched ribbons to the top of the dowel.  You might have to drill a small hole in the top of the dowel and use a dab of glue to secure it.

Top Embellishment:

• Tulle poof – cut 3 feet of 6” tulle ribbon. I used pink tulle. Thread a needle with a knot at the end. Loop the tulle around a 6″ index card. Slip the tulle off the card holding the center.  Sew a running stitch through the center of the tulle ribbon. Pull the thread to gather the tulle and wrap the thread around the center pulling tight as you go. Secure with a final stitch. Fluff out the tulle loops by pulling them apart to create a puff. Hot glue the tulle puff to the top of the dowel or on the thumb tack.

• Other embellishments would work also – silk flowers, bows, etc.

Think, “Swing, Swish and Sing“. That is just what your little ballerina is going to do as she dances with the Ballerina Wand.

Have fun! Looking forward to tomorrow.

Rita

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