February 2012 archive

Bow holder

Bow Holder

I have seen many cute ideas/projects for bow holders. This is my version of a bow holder tutorial, but many aspects of it can be changed to make it your own custom project.

Supplies:

  • Various ribbon
  • Hot glue and hot glue gun
  • Wooden or chip decor letter “O”
  • Silk flower(optional)

Directions:

I used a letter “O” as my base to make the holder, but you can use any letter to customize it for a particular person. I chose the “O” because you can use it as a frame and incorporate a picture into your bow holder. Next, cut your ribbon into pieces that will wrap around the letter. I used 4 to 5 inch pieces for my “O”.

Hot glue one end of your ribbon to the back of your letter. Wrap the ribbon around the letter and secure it with another dot of hot glue.

Wrap and secure another ribbon around the letter making sure to overlap it over the first ribbon. Continue this pattern until you have completely covered your letter in ribbon.

This is what my letter looked like after I finished wrapping it. Cut an 18 inch piece of coordinating ribbon that will be used to hang your bow holder.

Make your ribbon into a loop and put the letter on top of the loop. Fold the ends of the ribbon up to cover the front of the letter and wrap it around to the back.

Hot glue your loop and ends to the back of the letter.

Hot glue a long piece of ribbon to the bottom, back of your letter. You will store your bows on this piece of ribbon.

I added a silk flower to the bottom of my long piece of ribbon to give it a cute, finishing touch. You could also add a bow to the bottom or just hem the ribbon under to prevent fraying.

Now you have a cute way to display all of your beautiful bows. Have fun making this cute, practical project!

Elizabeth

 

Woven Ribbon and Fleece Pillow

Woven Ribbon and Fleece Pillow

This pillow is super easy to make, so this is a great project for the kids to help you create.

Supplies:

  • Padded quilters board
  • Pins
  • Fusible interfacing
  • Ribbon of your choice
  • Fleece
  • Iron
  • Scissors
  • Fiberfill
  • Fabric marker(optional)

Directions:

Start out by cutting your ribbon. I used two 7/8″ printed ribbons for my pillow, but you may use whatever combination of ribbons you would like. I cut 9-18 inch pieces of each ribbon so that my final pillow will be about 9 inches by 9 inches. Seal the ends of your ribbon before you start the next step.

Next you need to pin half of your ribbon pieces PRINT SIDE DOWN onto your quilters board. Try to keep the pieces of ribbon as close to each other as possible so that there won’t be any gaps.

Start weaving your horizontal ribbons through the vertical ones leaving about 4.5″ at the top of the vertical ribbons. Make sure the print side is facing down. The extra ribbon at the top will be your “ties” later. Make sure you have equal amounts of extra ribbon on both sides of your horizontal ribbon(it should be about 4.5″). Continue weaving your horizontal ribbons until you have used all nine pieces.

You should now have a woven pattern that is 9 ribbons by 9 ribbons and has about 4.5 inches of extra ribbon on each side. Cut five strips of your fusible interfacing. Four of the strips go on the edges of the woven pattern and the fifth strip goes diagonally across the square. The interfacing is shown above, but it’s a little hard to see since it’s close in color to my ribbon. Following the directions on your interfacing, adhere the interfacing to the woven part of the ribbon.

Cut an 18 inch by 18 inch piece of fleece. Put your woven ribbon on top of the piece of fleece. Using a fabric marker, mark a dot in between all of the ribbons where  they meet the woven pattern. Also put a mark at each corner of the woven square. Take the ribbon off of the fleece and you should have a bunch of dots that form a square.

Cut a straight line from the edge of the fleece to each dot. This should give you 9 strips on each side while eliminating the extra corner pieces(shown above). If you don’t have a fabric marker, you can cut out the extra corners and strips by keeping the ribbon on top of the fleece and cutting on the edge of each ribbon.

Place the ribbon(print side up) back on top of the fleece. Start tying your ribbon and fleece strips into knots. Each ribbon should have a coordinating fleece strip. Tie knots around 3 sides of your pillow. Now you need to stuff your pillow with fiberfill through the open side. Once you have your desired fullness, tie up the last side of your pillow.

Now you have a custom pillow that will be perfect for all of your road trips!

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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Ribbon Chandelier

Ribbon Chandelier

Ribbon chandeliers are a fun, easy project that can be made for many occasions. They add a fun flair to a dinner party, but they are also perfect for a birthday party or even as a decoration in a girl’s bedroom. It would also be a cute idea to get a fabric marker and have guests write down advice or well wishes on the ribbon at a bridal or baby shower and then assemble this for the bride or new mother.

Supplies:

  • Paper lantern
  • Ribbon of various colors, designs, and widths
  • Double sided tape, hot glue, or craft glue

Directions:

Start out by assembling your paper lantern. These can be found at most party or craft stores.

Turn your lantern upside down so that the hook is on the bottom. Tie your pieces of ribbon along the bottom bar of the paper lantern. Make sure that your knot is in the middle so that you have equal lengths of ribbon hanging down from both sides(only unless you want a tiered look then don’t worry about having the knot in the middle). I wanted my ribbon to hang down about a foot from the lantern so I used 24 inch long pieces of ribbon. Make sure to seal your ribbon edges before you start applying the ribbon to the lantern.

Once I finished tying the ribbon across the bar, I still wanted a little more volume to my chandelier. I had to attach ribbon to the inside rim of the lantern to get the fullness that I wanted. Take a piece of ribbon and fold it in half. Apply your double sided tape or glue to the fold.

Stick the piece of ribbon inside the lantern and adhere it to the inside rim as shown in the picture above.

Continue this around the entire rim of the paper lantern. Once you have ribbon covering the middle bar and the rim of the lantern then you are ready to hang your new chandelier.

I used a coordinating piece of ribbon to hang my ribbon chandelier, but feel free to experiment with using tulle. Ribbon chandeliers are a great decoration for any party, and they are fun to make as well. Have fun planning your next party!

Elizabeth

Wine Glass Charm

Wine Glass Charm

I love entertaining at my house, so this week I will share a couple fun decorating ideas for your next dinner or cocktail party.

It’s so easy for guests to get their drinks mixed up at a party, so personalized wine glass charms are the perfect solution to this problem.

Supplies:

  • Bottle caps
  • Bottle cap images
  • Jump rings
  • 1/4″ or 3/8″ ribbon
  • Epoxy dots
  • Dimensional Magic or other craft glue
  • Metal Hole Punch

Directions:

Start by punching or cutting out your bottle cap images. You can find files for bottle cap images on the internet, and then print them out yourself. I was able to find some where I could add my own text, such as a name. You can find a “bottle cap image punch” in the scrapbooking section of most craft stores.

Now add a small amount of Dimensional Magic or other craft glue to the top of your bottle cap. Place the image on top of the bottle cap and give it a couple minutes to adhere/dry.

Carefully peel your epoxy dot off of it’s sheet making sure not to touch the back of the epoxy dot. Place the epoxy dot over the image to give the bottle cap a polished look.

Take your metal hole punch and punch a hole in the top of the bottle cap. Make sure that you have your image positioned correctly when you punch the bottle cap or else the name won’t be centered when you finish the charm. You can purchase a metal hole punch on the Ribbons and Bows Oh My! website under the hardware tab.

Add a jump ring to the bottle cap, thread some ribbon through the jump ring, and tie the charm to your glass. Voila! Now you have cute, personalized wine glass charms that you can send home with your guests as a gift. I can’t wait to use these at my next dinner party!

Elizabeth

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Blog Share-Hanging Ribbon Towels

Hanging Ribbon Towels

This week I will be featuring posts from other blogs. I hope these projects give you some inspiration to try something new or to put a fresh twist on an old project(I know that looking at other people’s work always gets my creative juices flowing).

I saw these Hanging Ribbon Towels on The House of Smiths blog. The tutorial is very easy to follow, and it’s actually a pretty easy project. This is the perfect way to customize towels to fit your decor. This could also be done with washcloths or even dish towels. This would make a great baby gift as well. I hope this gives you inspiration to find new ways to customize your decor using ribbon.

Elizabeth

Valentine’s Cards

Valentine’s Cards

I like making homemade cards because it has a special, personal touch. I will show you how to make two cards today, but the possibilities are endless when it comes to cards.

Supplies:

  • Scrapbooking paper(RABOM has tons of coordinating scrapbooking paper)
  • Glue
  • Double sided tape
  • Scrap ribbon
  • Pictures, resins, and other embellishments
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch

Directions:

I will start out with my woven ribbon card. This is a fun card for the kids to make. You could even use a paper plate instead of scrapbooking paper so that they can decorate it with whatever colors, designs, and messages they would like.

I started out by folding my paper in half and tracing half a heart starting and ending at the fold. Next you will need to cut out your heart.

I cut a piece of contrasting paper to use for the center of my card to display my message. Take your message and glue it to your card.

Now you need to grab your hole punch. Punch holes around the outside of your card making sure that you end up with an even number of holes. Take your ribbon and thread it in and out of the holes.

Tie the ends of the ribbon into a bow, and now you have a cute, personalized card to give to all of your friends.

 

The other card I made is a “photo frame” card.

Start out by deciding where you would like your picture to go and glue/tape it to your scrapbooking paper.

Cut the lengths of ribbon you will need to frame your photo and seal the ends. Put double sided tape down the center of the back of the ribbon. One piece at a time, peel the paper off of the tape and apply the ribbon around the photo to create a frame.

I added some resins to the corners of my frame to give it a cute finishing touch. The resins also hide where the ribbon overlaps. You could use small bows or rosettes in place of the resins.

I typed up a cute poem and framed it below the picture to use as my message. Now I have a cute photo card to give away on Valentine’s Day. This card idea would also be perfect for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and Grandparent’s Day.

I hope these cards give you inspiration to make some homemade cards of your own for Valentine’s Day or any of the upcoming holidays!

Elizabeth

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