Craft Ideas Using Ribbon

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August 12, 2009

Ever purchase a puzzle you can't get to for a while? I did, and since the "Libra Lady's" birthday is coming up and I won't be here, I thought it would be nice to give her the front so she can enjoy it.

I simply cut out the photo, punched holes around the perimeter, and threaded pretty ribbon through them. To punch holes evenly, which is vital to it looking nice and even, you begin with a hole on each corner. Then, do one in the middle of the top and bottom, and the sides, using a ruler to measure. Then, simply keep doing that, halving each space till the desired spacing is done.

You can also crochet them but it's harder and takes longer. If you do, you will need a hook small enough to go into the holes and crochet thread is recommended.

I thought this was worth sharing, so enjoy!

Source: Been doing this for a long time.

By Sandi/Poor But Proud from Salem OR


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July 8, 2005

I am making cards that have a ribbon on the side to attach the blank paper insert. The ribbon is tied and stays in place relatively well but I was thinking of putting hairspray over the ribbon to keep it firm. Has anyone got any advice or other suggestions. Taa.



July 9, 20050 found this helpful

I'd say if the ribbon is staying relatively well, leave it alone. If the card is just to look at (a letter or an announcement/invitation) it's not going to get lots of actual "use" where you'd want to reinforce it.


I think the hairspray is unnecessary and will show.

By mairmie. (Guest Post)
July 10, 20050 found this helpful

iron ribbons between two sheets of wax paper; using a warm never HOT iron.

By Sharon,Ky (Guest Post)
July 10, 20050 found this helpful

A reader not long ago suggested a web site that gave different "wordings" for invitations.Maybe it can be found in the archives.It also explained how to tie a ribbon on an invitation.Using a hole punch,make 2 holes less than 1/2" apart.Cut thr ribbon the length you want it. Thread your ribbon to the BACK through each hole.To make the left loop thread the RIGHT side of ribbon to the FRONT using the LEFT HOLE.Then take the ribbon you've threaded back to the FRONT using the RIGHT hole.This will make a loop on the left and an end on the right.Follow this same procedure RIGHT hole to LEFT HOLE.This makes a PERFECT BOW.


I hope I have explained this well enough that you can understand my directions.If not hopefully they can dig up the old article.Don't do anything until you try this method.It looks really professional.

July 10, 20050 found this helpful

Spray starch may be an option also.

July 12, 20050 found this helpful

I'd suggest spray starch too.

By Vivian Perez-Espinosa (Guest Post)
September 21, 20050 found this helpful

Hello Renee, I own a scrapbooing store in South Florida and we are currently using alot of ribbon on our pages. We like the "X" from xyron, it can be found at many scrapbooking stores or at Michaels craft stores.


It is very simple to use and you may find it is the best thing ever for making a sticker out of small things. Best of luck to you!

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December 8, 2008

I am the program manager at an after-school program for girls ages 6-14, and we just received a big donation of assorted ribbon (different colors, widths, some are wired, etc.). I am looking for creative craft projects using ribbon. Any ideas? Thanks!



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December 9, 20081 found this helpful

A friend makes beautiful flower pins from wired (silk) ribbon. She forms a flower, hand-sews them into petals, and covers the raw edges with felt, then attaches a pin. For other ribbon, try weaving them into a square, line with fabric, and make into a pillow case.


Grosgrain ribbons make cute hair bows, sewn or glued onto hair combs. Have fun!

By KJ (Guest Post)
December 9, 20080 found this helpful

I've seen wreaths made from ribbons. Buy an embroidery hoop or macrame ring and tie the ribbons around it. Trim the ribbons so they are the same length. Have one longer length of ribbon tied on, to use as a hanger.

By katluvsbears (Guest Post)
December 14, 20080 found this helpful

A tree. Using a cone (Styrofoam or plastic or even recycled) just cut strips of varying sizes. Work from bottom to top.

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February 5, 2014

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