Patriotic Hairbows!

Hi Friends! Today I have a hairbow that you can make in 10 minutes using supplies from our sponsor Offray.

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In today’s Video I will show you how to make this triple-looped bow. It’s easy!

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Supplies:
3/8″ Dippy Dot Red/White Grosgrain ribbon
2 1/4″ wide double faced satin ribbon (blue)
1/2″ Maggie 341 Sapphire ribbon (metallic chevron design)
Spring clip barrette
Star shaped rhinestone
Hot Glue
Bow making tool or strong clothespins/binder clips clipped to a box

Directions:
1. Place pegs 4″ apart in a bow making tool.
2. Unravel several feet of each ribbon.
3. Lay the smaller ribbons over the larger one and carefully wrap around the bow maker 3 complete times making sure to keep the smaller ribbons facing out. Do not twist the ribbon.
4. Clip the ribbon and twist the ends together, then wrap one end around the ribbon bunch and ties securely in a double knot.
5. Slide the bow off the bow maker and “fluff” the ribbon loops.
6. Trim the ends and secure with glue then glue the barrette over the knot in the back.
7. Embellish with a rhinestone if desired.

You can make these up by the dozen this 4th of July using the super size ribbon rolls from Offray! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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Make a Hairbow Holder!

Hi friends! If you have daughters you may also have a bathroom counter strewn with hairbows and barrettes. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a stylish way to organize them? Even better if you hang the on their bedroom wall!

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You can make the organizer with longer ribbons to accommodate more barrettes if you like. I am using 2 1/4 and 5/8″ wide grosgrain ribbon from Offray. I like grosgrain because it is very durable and sturdy and resists fraying. The plaque I am using came from the dollar store. I painted it with acrylic paint and stamped on it years ago but I really did not have a use for it. You can use a piece of wood or decorative sign as well. You can even add cup hooks to hand jewelry from too!

Directions:

1. Using your plaque/sign as a guide determine how many strands of ribbon you want, trim them, and space them evenly across the edge of the sign. Make sure the ends are on a hot glue (silicone) mat.

2. Apply a strip of hot glue across the ribbons to tack them in place and let cool, then add a larger drop on each ribbon end.

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3. Carefully center the sign over the ribbon and press it into the glue.

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4. Flip over the sign and trim off and glue strands that appear between the ribbon. You can cover the back with felt if you desire.

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5. Add Fray Check or seal the ends of the ribbon with a lighter to prevent fraying.

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Remember you can put longer ribbons on the hanger to hold more bows. I hope you give this DIY a try! Thanks to Offray for sponsoring this post, check them out for all of your ribbon needs! Happy crafting!

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A Blue Ribbon Day!

Hi Friends! I hope you had a great memorial day. Ours was quiet and relaxing and included a quick trip to the pond for a swim. I thought for sure it would be packed but we were the only ones there, then again there was ice in the water a couple of weeks ago LOL! Let me add, the kids swam, I sat on the beach and read. I’m sure many of you had large family get togethers today that might have involved lawn games or other friendly competitions. Wouldn’t it be fun to give the winner (especially if it was a kid) a blue ribbon? Today I’ll show you how easy it is to make one using ribbon from our sponsor Offray.

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Supplies:
2 1/4″ Double Faced Satin in Royal Blue
1/2″ Maggie Ribbon in Sapphire
Cardboard or matboard
Cardstock
Glue Dots
Hot Glue or Carpet Tape
Rhinestones
Glitter
Pin back finding
Lighter or Fray Check (to finish ends)
Circle dies (optional)
Scissors
1/4″ double stick tape or clear glue

Directions:
1. Glue cardstock to lightweight cardboard (like a cereal box) and cut out circles the size you want the center of your award to be. Cut an extra for the back. OR you can cut the circles from colored matboard. I used circle dies for this.

2. Cut 9″ pieces of both ribbons at an angle for the tails.

3. Use glue or double-sided tape to make a #1 on the cardboard circle in the front and sprinkle with glitter. Let dry if using glue.

4. Using hot glue adhere the end of the wide blue ribbon to the back of the circle. Keep adding glue and pleating the ribbon as you press the edge in the glue. Continue until you have gone around the circle.

5. Glue on ribbon tails. Add finishing circle to the back and glue on a pin back.

Make a blue ribbon for yourself while you’re at it because you’re #1 in my book! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

How To Make A Braided Wrap Bracelet!

Hi Friends! Today I am going to show you how to make a braided wrap bracelet using burlap and lace ribbon from Offray. I am also using a cute red and white polka dot to give this bracelet a punch of color.  Since this bracelet is designed to wrap and is long it can be used as a necklace too!

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Both of these ribbons are exquisite, you can really feel the quality when working with them. This burlap is quite soft so it is perfect for wearing next to your skin. The lace trim is actually sewn to the edges of the ribbon which was a nice surprise because I thought it was printed when I ordered it. I really makes for a nice texture and is so easy to work with.

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You will need:

Directions:

Step 1. Measure loosely around your wrist/forearm 3 times and add 5″. Cut a piece of each ribbon that length. The additional length is needed because braiding the ribbon will make it shorter. Slit the wide ribbon into 3 pieces leaving them connected at the top.

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Step 2. Lay the narrow grossgrain ribbon over the middle strip.

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Step 3. Add a drop of glue to secure the red ribbon and neatly pleat in each side so you have a 1″ wide ribbon stack.

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Step 4. Attach a ribbon end using nylon jaw pliers.

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Step 5. Braid the 3 strands keeping the red ribbon with the strip of burlap with no lace.

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Step 6. When you get to the end trim the ends flush.

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Step 7. Gather the stands neatly and add the other ribbon end. You can use hot glue to keep the ribbons together while attaching the ribbon end. Only use a small amount, it is the strength of the ribbon end is holding the ends together, the glue is just an aide.  Add a toggle clasp using split rings (do not use jump rings as they tend to slip off of the ribbon ends.) If your bracelet is a bit too short you can add a couple juprings between the split ring and toggle to extend it as far as you need but it should be pretty close.

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Step 8. Trim any long raveled strings from the bracelet. The bracelet will have a soft fringe on the cut edges giving it a country-shabby chic look. It is a fun casual summary piece of jewelry that can be worn as a necklace or bracelet with blue jeans or a sun-dress. Plus it is quick enough to make for all of your girlfriends! For a different look you can reverse the bracelet and it will be a plain burlap braid (see images below.)

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I hope you enjoyed this easy jewelry project! You can find the ribbons I used from Offray and I thank them for sponsoring this blog post. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Bring on the Bows!

Hi friends! Today I will show you how to make a Bow-Tie Necklace:

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You can even use this technique to make bows to put on barrettes and headbands too! Watch the video to see how.

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Supplies:

Directions:
1. Cut a 7″ and 2″ piece of gold ribbon. Glue the 7″ ribbon into a loop (right side out.)
2. Glue the edges of the short piece to the back. this will be the center for the bow.
3. Flatten and accordion fold the looped ribbon, then place it on the center strip.
4. Glue the strip around the pleated bow.
5. Cut 25″ of black chiffon ribbon and glue to the inside of the bow loops to make a necklace cord.

Thanks to Offray for sponsoring this post and til next time happy crafting!

An Easy Easter Centerpiece with Basic Supplies!

Hi Friends! Today I will show you how to make this pretty Easter decoration using basic crafting supplies:

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Supplies:

Time needed: 1.5 hours plus drying time

Directions:

  1. Paint a tin can (mine was from spaghetti sauce) with aqua acrylic paint. Let dry.
  2. Coat Styrofoam eggs with tacky glue and wrap with pastel colored yarn. Let dry.
  3. Wrap doilies around can (trimming the bottom flat) and secure with glue.
  4. Wrap can with ribbons and adhere. Tie a bow at the tip pf the can.
  5. Fill the can with sand or marbles so it does not tip over.
  6. Use scissors the fringe strips of green paper and place them in the can.
  7. Push bamboo skewers into the eggs and arrange in the can.
  8. Tie a bow on the tallest egg skewer to decorate.

I hope you enjoyed this project sponsored by Offray.com, please visit their website for more seasonal project ideas and inspiration. Til next time happy crafting!

Let’s Make Ribbon Flowers to Use on Crafts!

Hi friends! Today I am going to share a fun way to make ribbon flowers that can be glued onto barrettes, pin-backs or used to embellish your cards or scrapbook pages:

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You will need ribbon (I am using beautiful solid and patterned ribbon from Offray, see other ideas with this ribbon here), a needle and thread, scissors and a button. Follow along with the video and have fun!

For a removable card embellishment glue or sew the flower to an alligator style clip barrette so it can be worn in the recipient’s hair! Here is a closer look at the card we made:

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Ribbon flower how to:

  1. Cut a 4″ piece of ribbon for each petal you wish to have.
  2. Thread a sewing needle with thread to match your ribbon.
  3. Make a right angle fold in the middle of the ribbon by folding the right side down, then take the left half of the ribbon and fold it down over the right to create a point. Please refer to the video so see this in action.
  4. Hold the ribbon so that the smooth side is facing you (the side that shows the folds is down) and pleat it in the middle and fold the edges back to make a petal. Again, refer to the video if you are confused.
  5. Stitch through all the pleats to create a petal.
  6. Repeat steps 3-5 until all of the cut pieces of ribbon are used and you have a full flower.

They look great on a scrapbook page too!

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I have a video on making this scrapbook page here on my YouTube channel if you want to see how the page went together. Lots of tips in that video too!

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I want to thank Offray for sponsoring today’s blog post.  You still have a couple of days to take advantage of the coupon FRUGAL15 (it expires 2/28/15 so hurry) for 15% off your order at Offray.com They have all the ribbon you want in the quantities you need so save a trip to the craft store and snag it online! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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