Some of the materials I used to make these were provided by Pandahall.com
I hate throwing away anything I think might "come in" for something and ribbon is no exception. I have a box full and try my best to keep it tidy and organised. I have my friends and work colleagues well trained and they save me those little ribbons that come on new tops once they have snipped them off, I use them mostly on cards and for making little bows. (I got very excited once about a very easy way to make tiny bows on a fork)
To make these gift tag/card toppers I used:
- Ribbon - old and new (the wide ribbon with stars is from Pandahall.com, the rest is from my stash)
- A greeting cut from an old greeting card
- A little metal eyelet and eyelet setter
- My good dressmaking scissors
My words were 9cm (3.5") so I trimmed my ribbons just a little longer varying the lengths. If your ribbon is very fray-ee you could use some fray check liquid or a flame (BE VERY CAREFUL!) to seal the edges but I didn't.
Punch a hole in the card message.
Cut a little hole in each ribbon towards one end - This is where you want to use your good sharp scissors - I just folded the ribbon over and snipped a tiny v shape. I tried to punch holes in the ribbon with the eyelet setter but it just didn't work for me.
Working from the front, insert the eyelet into the card then the lengths of ribbon and then use the eyelet setter to set the eyelet.
Or turn it into a card topper, I punched two holes in each card and set an eyelet in the higher hole.
I found I'd saved some printed ribbon that came with some birthday flowers (my lovely flowers did appear on instagram back in May)
I tried stamping onto ribbon which worked pretty well.
I quite like the ribbons without words too.
If you don't have an eyelet setter you could just make holes and thread thin ribbon through, or use split pins. Have fun, experiment!
This is what I was working on the other week when I published this photo as my Silent Sunday picture, I was playing with these lovely ribbons as I thought about what I was going to make!
I've barely made a dent in my ribbon stash but now I'm thinking these might be cute in reds, greens and golds for Christmas gifts and cards. It's probably not to soon to start.....