December 2012 archive

DIY Confetti

DIY Confetti

Do you have tons of scraps of tissue paper and gift wrap laying around from opening presents? Do you have extra ribbon scraps hiding in baskets and drawers in your craft space? Then you have everything you need to create your own confetti for New Year’s Eve! This is a great project for the kids to roll up their sleeves and help you make something fun for the big night.

Supplies:

  • Decorative paper-tissue paper, wrapping paper, scrapbooking paper, etc
  • Ribbon

Directions:

1. I know this is so simple that you probably don’t need directions, but it goes. Gather all of the paper and ribbon scraps that you can find.

2. Cut or tear the scraps into small pieces and store in a special bag or container.

3. When the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve throw your confetti into the air and celebrate a great 2012 while welcoming in a new year full of opportunities. If your kids are too young to be able to stay up until midnight, have your own party a little earlier in the night. You can count down the seconds to an earlier hour, throw your confetti high, and toast with your cups of sparkling grape juice as you say goodbye to 2012.

You can also use ribbon scraps and pipe cleaners to make your own New Year’s headband(check out the tutorial here).

We hope you have a Very Happy New Year!

Elizabeth

Merry Christmas

RABOM would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas!

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We hope you have a wonderful day full of family, friends, and good times.

P.S.- Don’t forget that today is the last day to get 20% off of all ribbon :)

Ribbon Embellished Gifts

Ribbon Embellished Gifts

Ribbon is a great way to add some extra flair to your gift wrapping. Here are some examples of ways to use ribbon in gift wrapping:

Martha Stewart

The Sewing Loft via Skip To My Lou

Martha Stewart

Martha Stewart

One Charming Party

For What It’s Worth…or Not

I hope these posts inspire you to use ribbon to add that special touch to your gifts. I only have a few gifts left to wrap, but I know some people still have a lot of wrapping left to do. Good luck finishing up all of your holiday preparations!

Elizabeth

Wrapped Christmas Tree Ornament

Wrapped Christmas Tree Ornament

I have a bunch of metal cookie cutters left over from my wedding favors, so I decided to recycle them to make some cute Christmas ornaments. You could add these to the tops of your gifts with the gift tag to give your presents that “special touch”.

Supplies:

  • Metal cookie cutters
  • Ribbon(I recommend 3/8″ or 5/8″)
  • Double sided tape or craft glue.

Directions:

1. I used a three yard piece of ribbon to wrap my 2.5″ heart and had a little extra at the end. Start out by putting a piece of double sided tape or a dot of glue on the inside of your cookie cutter.

2. Put one end of your ribbon on the tape/glue and start wrapping it around the cookie cutter. Make sure you overlap your ribbon as you wrap.

3. Stop wrapping when you have about two to three “wraps” left. Put some glue or double sided tape at the top center of your ornament.

4. Make a ribbon loop for your ornament(I tied a bow at the top of mine). Adhere your loop to the top of the ornament.

5. Continue wrapping the ribbon around the ornament and the ribbon loop until the cookie cutter is covered. I did a few extra wraps to make sure that the loop/hanger was equally wrapped on both sides of its center.

Enjoy making these quick, but cute ornaments for all of your family and friends!

Elizabeth

Part of Skip To My Lou Made By You Monday

 

Christmas Card Wall Display

Christmas Card Wall Display


I love receiving Christmas cards from all of my family and friends around this time. I have an easy way to display your Christmas cards for all to see. This project is great because your display can be as large or small as you need it to be depending on the number of cards you receive.

Supplies:

  • Ribbon of choice(I recommend 7/8″ or 1.5″)
  • Tacks or push pins
  • Bows or other embellishments

Directions:

1. I have the perfect small wall in my kitchen to use for my Christmas card display(warning-the lighting in my kitchen is horrible and it has been raining a lot lately, so I apologize for the low quality pictures). I will be using the whole wall width, but you can use part of a larger wall in your home. Measure the width of the area of space you are using and cut your ribbon to that length. Make sure to seal the ends at this time.

2. Use tacks or push pins to secure your ribbon to the wall in horizontal rows. Make sure to leave enough space between each ribbon for the cards to hang down. I left about 8 inches between my ribbon rows.

3. Place a bow or other embellishment at each end of your ribbon row to hide your push pin.

4. I put some ribbon on paper clips and used them to hang my cards from the ribbon rows. Check out our Paper Clip Bookmark tutorial for different ways to apply ribbon to your paper clips.

 

Now you have an easy, but cute display for your Christmas cards that can grow as your card collection grows. I look forward to filling mine up as we continue to get more cards in the mail. Have fun decorating for the Holidays!

Elizabeth

Candy Cane Place Card Holder

Candy Cane Place Card Holder

I just love this idea. I have seen this place card holder idea on Pinterest, but usually it is made with mini candy canes. Here’s my version of this super simple craft.

Supplies:

  • Regular sized candy canes
  • 3/8″ ribbon of choice
  • Double sided tape or glue

Directions:

1. Glue or tape your candy canes into a tripod shape. I left the wrappers on and used double sided tape so that my guests could take the place card holders home and enjoy the candy canes later as a sweet treat.

2. Tie on a piece of ribbon and slip your place card between two of the candy cane”hooks”. Now you have a festive place card holder that also doubles as a gift to your guests.

You could also use rainbow and other colored candy canes for this project. The rainbow candy canes would be great for a birthday party.

Check back later this week for other Christmas decoration ideas!

Elizabeth

Rosette Clip

Rosette Clip

This cute rosette clip(or pin) can be added to all kinds of apparel and accessories to give your wardrobe a festive flair.

Supplies:

  • Ribbon of choice
  • Felt
  • Hot glue
  • Alligator clip or pin

Directions:

1. You will need to start out by making your desired number of rosettes. Check out our Rosette Headband post for a tutorial on how to make a ribbon rosette.

2. Glue the rosettes onto a piece of felt in your desired design.

3. Trim the group of rosettes out of the piece of felt, and then glue an alligator clip or pin to the back of the felt.

Now your clip is ready to go. You can wear it on its own in your hair or add it to a headband. It would also be super cute clipped onto a shirt or purse.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful weekend full of holiday crafting!

Elizabeth

Ribbon and Pony Tail Elastic Headband

Ribbon and Pony Tail Elastic Headband

This simple project will make a great stocking stuffer. Once you start making these headbands, you won’t be able to stop.

Supplies:

  • Ribbon of choice(I recommend 7/8″ or 1.5″)
  • Pony Tail Elastic
  • Hot glue or fabric glue

Directions:

1. Measure around your head and subtract six inches to get your ribbon length.

2. Cut the Pony Tail Elastic open at the band where the two ends have been joined(this spot usually looks like the fibers have been melted together).

3. Glue about 1/2″ of one end of the Pony Tail Elastic to one end of the ribbon(make sure to glue the Pony Tail Elastic to the wrong side of the ribbon if you are using a print).

4. Fold each corner of the ribbon to the center to make a triangle and secure with a dot of glue.

5. Fold and glue the two triangles together to enclose the Pony Tail Elastic in the ribbon.

6. Repeat on the other side making sure that you glue the Pony Tail Elastic to the correct side of the ribbon so that there aren’t any twists in your headband.

Enjoy making these headbands for all of the girls on your Christmas list!

Elizabeth