How to Make Ribbon Ornaments

Ribbon ornaments are a great way to make use of the bounty of Christmas ribbons available at your local craft shop as the holidays approach. Holiday ribbons come in a wide variety of styles, widths and fabrics. Satin and metallic ribbons are perfect for a fancy, elegant look, while grosgrain or paper ribbon will give you a more folksy, crafty feel. Wire edge ribbon gives you lots of flexibility for forming three-dimentional shapes. A walk down the ribbon aisle of your local craft shop is sure to inspire lots of creative ribbon ornament ideas. Here are a couple of easy projects to get you started.

Ribbon Ball Ornaments
With these ornaments, the ribbon itself takes center stage! Pretty satin ribbons work well for this project.

You will need:

  • Styrofoam balls
  • ½-inch wide ribbon
  • White craft glue
  • Pin

Coat the styrofoam ball with craft glue. You may want to work in sections, to keep this from getting too messy. Begin wrapping the ribbon around the ball, until the foam is covered. Make a big bow and hanging loop and secure it to the top of the ball with the pin.

Ribbon Candy Ornaments
Remember that ribbon candy Grandma always had sitting in a fancy candy dish at the holidays? These ribbon Christmas ornaments look just like the real thing, and will add a sweet touch to your Holiday décor. These ornaments also make a beautiful gift, especially if presented in a candy box, tied with a bow!

You will need:

  • One-inch wide striped, wire-edge ribbon in assorted colors
  • Needle
  • White craft glue
  • Fishing line or clear thread

Begin by cutting a piece of ribbon around a foot long. Fold the raw edges of the ribbon under about ¼ inch and glue.

While the glue dries, thread a needle with the fishing line, and tie a knot in one end. Fold the end of the ribbon down about 1 ½ inches, and continue to fold, accordian style, until you reach the end. Push the needle down through the center of the folded ribbon, go over just a bit, and push the needle back up through, from the bottom to the top. Don't pull the thread tight; adjust it so that the folded stack of ribbon is about an inch and a half thick.

Tie a knot at the top, then tie another knot to form a loop for hanging. Next, shape the ribbon with your fingers, rounding out the folds until it looks like real ribbon candy.

Ribbon Christmas ornaments are a beautiful and inexpensive way to decorate your home for the holidays. For more ideas on what you can make with ribbon, check online or at your local craft store.

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