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Celebrate Color: 13 Lovely Things to Make With Ribbons!

When it comes to crafting and diverse DIY projects of all kinds, we’re proud to say that we’ve worked hard on developing a rather large range of skills. Some days, we get very creatively motivated and feel like there’s nothing we can’t make! Every once in a while, however, we come across a technique that we admire very much indeed but that we recognize and acknowledge we’re not actually that skilled in. Ribbon crafting is the perfect example of what we mean!

Just in case you and your kids are as interested in and excited about the idea of making simple, pretty things out of ribbons as our family was, if not more, here are 15 of the most creative designs, ideas, and tutorials we’ve come across in our search so far!

1. Ribbon, button, and hair elastic bookmarks


Besides being avid crafters, are you and your kids also total bookworms? Then maybe you’d have the best time getting creative in a way that combines your favourite things in one place! Sparkles of Sunshine guides you step by step through the process of making good, sold elastic style bookmarks that stay in place well! Thanks to the fact that they’re made from pretty ribbon and cute shaped buttons in coordinating colours, however, these bookmarks still manage to look really pretty while they hold the place you stopped reading at.

2. Washi tape and ribbon wands


Are your kids enthusiastic pretenders with big imaginations who are always pretending to be princesses and ballerinas or to work magic around the house? In that case, we think perhaps the best craft to them would be this adorable washi tape wrapped ribbon wand made in rainbow colours! Becoming Martha shows you how to make this adorable project that’s fun to make and fun to play with, giving your kids double the amusement time.

3. Curled paper and ribbon baby shower wishes


Perhaps the most crafting and DIY creating you do is actually for the events you love hosting and the parties you love throwing for your friends during all kinds of special occasions? Well, just in case you have a baby shower coming up, here’s an adorable activity that you can do with each guest in order to make the new mommy feel very special indeed! The Crafty Mummy shows you how to make little “well wishes” on colourful card stock, cut and folded into a shape that looks like a cute little cloth diaper. On each diaper, they instruct you to leave a little bow embellishment that is, of course, made of ribbon!

4. Beautiful ribbon Kanzashi beetles


Are you actually a little more experienced in ribbon crafting than we talked about at the very beginning of this list, so you’ve been scrolling through hoping to find something a little bit more advanced than some of the ideas we’ve shown you so far? In that case, we have a feeling that something slightly more detailed like these stunning ribbon Kanzashi style beetles might be a little more up your alley! Get the full instructions for making these step by step on Cool Creativity.

5. Plastic bottle and curled ribbon flower vase


Just because you’re crafting with ribbons and using the standard techniques for that doesn’t mean slippery silk ribbons are the only kind you can use! In fact, sometimes it’s even more fun to use plastic gifting ribbons, particularly if you’re working with plastic in the rest of your project as well, just so you can match texture effects. This lovely cut bottle and curled ribbon flowers vase featured on Art and Craft is the perfect example of what we mean.

6. DIY satin ribbon and pearl flowers


Are you actually feeling quite intrigued indeed by the idea of making little floral embellishments out of ribbon, but you’ve been itching to try your hang at ribbon folding and rolling techniques as well? Then we definitely think you should take a better look at how Srujana TV created these lovely ribbon flowers that feature an inner and outer petal all the way around! We love the way they fastened their petals in the middle, nestling a shiny pearled bead right in the centre.

7. Beautiful layered, cinched hair bows


Have ribbons actually always reminded you of pretty hair accessories and styling embellishments because of stories and fairytales that describe princesses and heroines tying ribbons in their hair? In that case, we think you might be very interested indeed in the way Julia DIY folded thick silk ribbons to make ruffles and cinched them in the middle to make a nearly-classic bow shape, but with ribbon loops on either end.

8. Ribbon scrap and branch wall hanging


Despite the fact that you adore crafting with ribbons, are you actually still looking for a way to make something that looks a little more natural because you’ve taken a lot of care to cultivate a sort of rustic chic aesthetic in your home? In that case, we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how Life Is a Party made an absolutely stunning wall hanging by tying strips of silk and lace ribbons around a branch so they hang down in a whimsical way.

9. The perfect paper gift bow


Perhaps you’re actually interested in getting into the world of made your very own fancy gift bows from ribbon because you’ve always been a high quality gift wrapping enthusiast, but you’d rather do a few practice rounds with something a little less expensive before you start trying the looping and folding techniques out with the fancy ribbons you’ve been collecting? In that case, we’d absolutely encourage you to take a look at the way PaperMade created this lovely, multi-layered gift bow from paper! We love the way they give you tips for how working with paper, which has more stiffness and structure, will differ from working with ribbon when you finally decide to give that a try later.

10. Delicate ribbon and seed bead flowers


Did we really catch your attention when we started talking about different ways to make floral ribbon embellishments but you’ve kept on scrolling because you think you’re prefer to make something smaller and slightly more delicate than what you’ve seen so far? Then we think perhaps this cut ribbon shapes and tiny seed beads design outlined step by step on Cut Out and Keep might be a little more up your alley.

11. Loomed ribbon flowers


If you’re going to start putting in the effort and patience that comes with more advanced ribbon techniques like hand embroidery, would you rather make it something that you’ve already tried with other materials, just to give yourself a leg up? Well, if you’ve ever been a yarn crafting enthusiast like we have, then perhaps you’d like to put your yarn looking skills to good use, but with slight, exciting twist! GVSigmini guides you through the process of making beautiful flowers created from very pretty looped combinations using ribbon looming.

12. DIY ribbon flower pens


Despite the fact that you love to make pretty things, would you rather actually create something that has a bit of a practical use as well? In that case, we think perhaps you might get a kick out of the way Living Well Mom used ribbon wrapping techniques, cut shapes, and rhinestones to create a neat, novelty flower pen that will brighten up any afternoon at work! We love the idea of displaying these in a little case filled with marbles so they actually look like flowers sitting on the desk until you pull one out to use it.

13. Twisted ribbon and bow wrapped vase


Perhaps you’ve got some spare lengths of ribbon left over from other crafts and you’ve noticed that the colour goes perfectly with your party decor or the permanent colour scheme in your room? Then maybe a bit of simple embellishment for something you don’t want to alter permanently would be fun for you to try! We love the way HomeTalk wrapped, twisted, and tied a length or thick, pretty ribbon around a crystal vase to make it a little more decorative temporarily.