Who says you have to carve a pumpkin in order to get in the Halloween spirit? Adorning autumn gourds with ribbon is just one way to use those extra spools you have lying around the house. The perfect companion for these ribbon-laced projects? Ribbon shears for precision cutting. Enjoy the ideas below and think of your own to spruce up your home or apartment.
Use ribbon within your centerpiece. Photo by Country Living
No carving here. Decorate your fall pumpkins with ribbon. Photo by Good Housekeeping.
Top off a handmade goody cone with a satin ribbon for the perfect party favor. Photo by Country Living.
Summertime and gifts go hand in hand. Graduations, weddings, birthdays, Father's day -- all call for special presents to mark the occasions. Before you toss another gift into a bag, try your hand at crafting your own bows for box-wrapped gifts.
1. Hold the 1-1/2" ribbon between your thumb and forefinger approximately
3" from the end to leave a tail. Make a 3" loop by bringing the ribbon
to the left and then back under. Hold the loop securely between the
thumb and forefinger. Bring the ribbon to the right and begin forming
another 3" loop.
2. Bring the ribbon to the left and then back under to form a third loop next to the first one.
3. Continue looping the ribbon right and left, over and under, until you
have four 3" loops on either side of your thumb and forefinger, for a
total of eight loops. You should be left with a second tail about 8"
long. As you are looping, maintain tension on the center area and
arrange the loops so they spread out neatly.
4. Wrap craft wire around the center of the bow to secure the loops;
position the wire so there are four loops and a tail on either side.
Twist the wire securely and trim any excess.
5. Using the long tail, make a small loop at the center as shown. Feed
craft wire through the loop and wrap it around the center of the bow to
secure the loop in place. Twist the wire securely and trim any excess.
Trim the ends of the tails on an angle so that they are even.
6. Make a knot at the end of each piece of 1/8" ribbon. Put a heart bead on each ribbon and glue it in place just above the knot
7. Glue the 1/8" ribbons together at the top ends. Put the top ends inside the center loop on the bow and glue them securely.
Ribbon shears are perfect for.... early St. Patrick's Day gifts, birthday gifts, holidays, crafting pretty princess headdresses, adding decorative ribbon to garments -- pretty much whatever you can dream up.
We all wrap gifts around the holidays, but there are ways to make your gifts stand out from the pack. You'd be amazed what a pair of ribbon shears will help you create.
For the beginners, we have some giftwrapping tips from e-How.com. Our own suggestion for wrapping paper, ribbon, ribbon shears etc. is to keep them all in a storage container with drawers for easy access.
Conscious about the environment- You can recycle newspaper and magazines by using them to wrap your gifts
Ribbon wrap - use some tissue paper to wrap the entire gift and weave rows of ribbon around the package for a new look
Back to nature - If you love the look of all natural, recycled paper, you can use brown recycled wrap adorned with ink stamps and some twine.