ribbons -ways to do things with it
Posted 9/3/09 , edited 9/4/09
I love turning something basic into something truly fun. Ribbon is a perfect example. You can take a roll of ribbon from a craft store and make it into something truly special – with little more than a pair of scissors and maybe a hot glue gun.
Make a Hair Bow
So the obvious use of ribbon is to make yourself a hair bow. Cut about eighteen inches of ribbon – possibly longer if you want to make a long bow. Pull your hair up into a ponytail and secure it with an elastic band. Then, place your ribbon under your ponytail and pull the two ends up making sure the pattern is facing out. Then you only need to tie the two ends together like your shoelaces and pull the bow tightly to hold it in place at the top of the pony tail. The hardest things will be keeping the dangling ends of the bow about the same length, but you can always trim a bit if you need to.

Make a Headband

Girl PortraitsRibbon makes a great headband as well. Cut a length of ribbon about two feet in length. This works best with a medium or thick ribbon as well. Place the center of the ribbon at the top of your forehead and let the ends dangle freely. When you have the ribbon centered, grab the two ends and pull the ribbon tight to hold it in place as you flip your head over.

With your head now upside down and your hair dangling, tie the ends of the ribbon together being sure that the ribbon is pulled tightly. Use a bow or a knot to hold the ends of the ribbon together under your hair. You’ll probably have to pull the ribbon out of your hair and then put it back on again after getting your hair back in place to complete your look.

Decorate a Bulletin Board
Memo boards and bulletin boards are great to have in your room. Fill them up with pictures and note from friends. Your favorite cartoons and doodles from science class all compete for space and you can easily make your own, or at least personalize one using ribbon. Buy an inexpensive bulletin board and a roll of ribbon. I prefer thick ribbon just because it shows up better. Heat up your hot glue gun and get to work. Cut a length of ribbon to go along each edge of the bulletin board and then use those as templates to cut a bunch more.

If you want to use two colors – one for vertical and one for horizontal, you’ll really be in business. Once you have lots of ribbon, start threading it together. Put all your vertical pieces on first and glue them at the top and bottom. Then thread a horizontal stripe through all your vertical stripes to make a pattern.

Animated DollsGet the horizontal stripe positioned correctly and then glue those down as well. Add as much hot glue as you think is necessary to secure the ribbons and allow it to cool completely. When you’re finished, you’ll have a totally custom bulletin board that matches your room perfectly with a fun plain design.
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