November 2012 archive

Holiday Napkin Rings

Holiday Napkin Rings

Now that you have a ribbon braided candle holder to use on your holiday table, it’s time to make some coordinating napkin rings. The possibilities are endless when it comes to decorating napkin rings with ribbon, so I will show you a few different methods today.

Supplies:

  • Napkin rings
  • Ribbon
  • Craft or hot glue

Directions:

1. Start out by grabbing some old napkin rings that need a little pizzazz added to them. I found these plain gold ones and thought that they would make great holiday napkin rings.

Example 1

A. Start out by gluing a piece of ribbon around the napkin ring to make a band. I used 3/8″ evergreen satin.

B. I made a small bow to cover up where the ribbon overlapped. I took a 4 inch piece of 3/8″ red satin and folded it in half making sure to create a crease. Fold both sides into the crease and secure with glue.

C. Flip your bow over so that the glued edges are facing down. Glue a small piece of 3/8″ red satin ribbon over the center of the bow to create a “t”.

D. Fold the ribbon around to the back and secure with a small dot of glue. Cut off the excess and you have your bow!

E. Glue your bow onto your napkin ring and you’re done!

Example 2

A. Glue a piece of ribbon to the inside of the ring at an angle. Wrap the ribbon around the napkin ring keeping the angle until you reach your starting point. Use a small dot of glue to secure the end of your ribbon. I call this my “candy cane” napkin ring :)

Example 3

A. Using the tutorial from our Braided Ribbon Wreath, create a ribbon braid using 3/8″ or 5/8″ ribbon depending on the size of your napkin ring.

B. Glue the braid around your napkin ring and you have a beautiful napkin ring to match your candle holder.

I hope these inspire you to create your own custom napkin rings this holiday season!

Elizabeth

Braided Ribbon Candle Dish

Braided Ribbon Candle Dish

I got my inspiration for this craft from the Natural Braided Candle on Better Homes and Gardens. Better Homes and Gardens used fabric for their braid, but I decided to make my own using ribbon. Keep reading to see the simple instructions for this easy, but beautiful decoration.

Supplies:

  • Glass dish or candle holder(you could use a wooden dish as well)
  • Ribbon of choice
  • Hot glue or craft glue(I recommend craft glue when working with glass)

Directions:

1. Measure around your dish/holder and add about four inches to get your ribbon length. Cut three lengths of ribbon and seal the ends.

 2. Stack your three ribbons and glue one of the ends together.

 

3. Braid your ribbons and glue the ends together once you complete your braid. Try to keep your ribbon as flat as possible while you braid.

 

4. Wrap your braid around the glass dish and secure with glue. Now you have a beautiful candle holder!

 

Check back later this week to make some napkin rings to coordinate with your new candle holder!

Elizabeth

Happy Thanksgiving

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

RABOM would like to wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving!

RABOM is so thankful for all of its loyal customers, and we look forward to serving you this Holiday Season.

Do you always have tons of leftovers after your Thanksgiving feast? Well here is an easy “Thanksgiving Sandwich” recipe that always helps me use up all of my leftovers:

1. Cut a roll in half or get two slices of bread.

2. Layer items like this: Bottom half of roll, turkey, dressing/stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy and/or cranberry sauce, top half of roll.

3. You can eat it cold or pop it in the oven for 5-10 minutes.

Now you have a delicious sandwich that includes all those wonderful Thanksgiving flavors.

As you gear up for the holiday season, don’t forget to shop at RABOM for all of your crafting and packaging needs.

We hope you are enjoying a day full of time spent with loved ones. Happy Thanksgiving!

Elizabeth

Cranberry Centerpiece

Cranberry Centerpiece

Are you looking for a simple, but elegant decoration for the Holiday Season? Look no further because cranberries are the answer. Cranberries have a beautiful rich color plus they are easily accessible and inexpensive at this time of year. I took my twig candle holder from Tuesday’s blog post and put it in a dish that I had hiding in my kitchen cabinets. I poured cranberries around the candle holder and voila…instant centerpiece!

I love floating candles, so I wanted to incorporate one into a cranberry centerpiece. I found the larger dish that coordinates with the first centerpiece and filled it about halfway up with water. I put a bag of cranberries in the water with a floating candle, and now you have a second centerpiece. You could also add a sprinkle of glitter to this centerpiece for a little extra sparkle.


Here is another example of a festive, but elegant centerpiece using cranberries. This Cranberry Mason Jar Centerpiece can be found on Cupcakes and Candles.

The possibilities are endless when it comes to incorporating cranberries into holiday decorations. I hope this post inspires you to try something new with your decorations this holiday season!

Elizabeth

Fall Candle Holder

Fall Candle Holder

Are you looking for a simple decoration to bring the lovely rustic feel of the autumn season indoors to your home? Well look no further. This simple project is a great way to incorporate the outdoors into your home decor during this season.

Supplies:

  • candle holder
  • twigs
  • ribbon
  • glue- hot glue, crafting glue, or wood glue

Directions:

1. First, you will need to gather some twigs from your yard. Cut your twigs into pieces that are about the height of your candle holder.

2. Start gluing the twigs to your candle holder keeping them as close together as possible. Continue gluing until the entire holder is covered.

3. Measure around your twig covered candle holder and cut a piece of ribbon that length plus 1/2″ to allow for some overlap. Adhere your ribbon around the twigs. Make sure to begin and end in the middle of one of the sides if you have a square shaped holder. I used doubled sided tape to attach my ribbon, but glue would work as well.

4. I made a small bow to cover up the overlap of my ribbon, but you could also use an embellishment to cover the overlap. A baby pine cone may be a nice finishing touch for this project.

5. Put a candle in your holder and you have a lovely new decoration for your home. This would also make a great hostess gift.

Enjoy preparing and decorating for this Thanksgiving season!

Elizabeth

Turkey Applique

Turkey Applique

You can use this DIY Turkey Applique to add a festive flair to all kinds of decorations and accessories. You could glue it to a place mat, attach it to an alligator clip, or even put it on a napkin ring. Let me show you how to assemble this super cute – and easy :) – turkey applique.

Supplies:

  • 1 inch coffee felt circle
  • 1.5 inch coffee felt circle
  • 3/8″ ribbon of choice
  • hot glue gun

Directions:

1. We will begin by cutting the 3/8″ ribbon into the appropriate lengths. Here’s the measurements I used for my turkey:

Two 2.5″ pieces of Orange Colour Shimmer

Two 2.5″ pieces of Red Double Ruffle

One 3″ piece of Yellow Gold Solid Grosgrain

2. Now we have all of our supplies ready. Form your piece of orange colour shimmer ribbon into a loop and glue it about 1/3 of the way up your 1.5″ felt circle.

3. Repeat with the other orange colour shimmer on the other side of the felt circle to mirror the first loop.

4. Repeat this process with the remaining ribbons until you have completed your turkey body and tail.

5. Flip the turkey body over and glue the 1″ felt circle to the top of the 1.5″ felt circle. Now you have completed your turkey!

You could take a fabric marker and add a cute face to your new applique. Have fun making these turkeys and using them to add extra pizazz to your Thanksgiving decorations!

Elizabeth

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Leaf Flowers

Leaf Flowers

With all of the autumn leaves falling in my yard, I had to come up with a craft to use these beautiful items that nature left at my front door. This craft is very simple and most of the supplies can be found in your yard or craft room.

Supplies:

  • Leaves of various sizes
  • Twigs
  • Scrapbooking paper, heavy card stock, or any other thick paper/cardboard
  • Glue- I used both hot glue and crafting glue
  • Ribbon

Directions:

1. Go out to your yard and collect leaves and twigs. I gathered leaves of various sizes to make my flowers.

2. Lay your leaves and twigs out on your paper until you get your desired design. I left my paper white, but you could paint it a different color to coordinate with your leaves. A “sponge paint” effect could be nice for the background of these flowers.

3. Glue your twigs to the paper one by one. I used hot glue to attach mine since it holds heavy objects, but a heavy duty craft glue would work as well. Make sure to give your twigs time to dry before the next step if you are using a craft glue.

4. Now it’s time to create your flowers. Start out by separating your leaves into piles of larger and smaller sizes. You will need three leaves for each flower-two large and one small. Put a small dab of glue on the point of one of the large leaves and glue it to the end of a twig with it angled outward. Repeat with the other large leaf and have it angle the opposite way.

5. Take a small leaf and glue it to the middle negative space of the two larger leaves to complete your flower. Repeat this process until you have your desired number of flowers.

6. Now it’s time to grab some ribbon so that we can hang up our new artwork. I used RABOM’s Falling Leaves printed ribbon since it fits in perfectly with my theme. I tied my ribbon into a bow with long tails. Attach the tails onto the back of the paper, and your masterpiece is finished!

I hope you enjoy this nature inspired craft. This same method could be used to make a tree instead of flowers. We would love to hear about your favorite nature inspired craft.

Thanks for stopping by, and Happy Crafting!

Elizabeth