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How To: Make a Bridal Bouquet That'll Last Forever

by M.E. Russell

Learn how to make this life-like floral bouquet - perfect for the bride who wants to plan ahead

Why hello there, wedding season! If you're currently planning or have planned a wedding before, you know that there are a million little details to consider. Centerpieces, wedding favors, planning a menu that is considerate of everyone's dietary needs, seating arrangements that keep peace in the family - the list could go on forever. Flowers are a huge part of weddings, but fresh flowers generally need to be picked up day of, adding to your already huge to-do list. If you're DIY-ing your upcoming nuptials, making a faux bouquet ahead of time can help you tackle your checklist in a timely fashion. Plus you'll be able to keep the bouquet forever as a memento of the special occasion.            

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Make It! DIY Custom Gift Bags from Wrapping Paper

by M.E. Russell
How to: Make your own gift bags out of wrapping paper
Photo: M.E. Russell

Don't you love the feeling when you wrap a present just right? All the corners fold in perfectly, the tape isn't wrinkled, and you successfully tie a bow without it being lopsided. It basically feels like a Christmas miracle. On the flip side, sometimes the gift you're trying to wrap is just too awkward or too weirdly shaped, and trying to wrap it turns into an existential crisis of tape and paper cuts. Sometimes it's best just to throw everything in a bag and call it a day.    

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How to: Make a DIY Colorful Chic Ribbon Chandelier

by Alicia Lacy

How to: Make a DIY Colorful Chic Ribbon Chandelier

All this week I'm doing a series of DIY projects with colorful ribbon. Today I'm sharing an easy DIY I made for my daughter's closet. Read on to find out how to make this fun, colorful pendant lamp!
The lights in all our closets consist of bare exposed bulbs, with nothing more; they're plain-jane. I wanted to create something with a touch of whimsy for Ayla's closet, because even at 3-years-old, she spends quite a bit of time in there,...

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How to: Make a Ruffled Ribbon Lampshade

by Alicia Lacy

How to: Make a Ruffled Ribbon Lampshade

There's something exquisite about spools of ribbon. They are the final touch on gifts, the last detail at the end of Pippi Longstocking's braids, and the very magic of a may pole. When the people at Midori Ribbon got in touch with us about doing a series of DIY ribbon projects, I jumped. And, when we looked at their web site and the lovely of these ribbons, I jumped a little higher. Read on for the first in a series of step-by-step tutorials.

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How To: Make Easy Custom Gift Tags with Ribbon

by Craftmel

How To: Make Easy Custom Gift Tags with Ribbon

The season of gift-giving is fast approaching, and if your family is anything like mine, we like to make sure all the out-of-towners get their Christmas gifts while they are visiting for Thanksgiving.  And since a drive/flight home usually results in crushed boxes and torn gift tags, I thought I'd make some that were a little more suitcase friendly while being easy enough for any gift-giving occasion.  

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How to Turn a Gift Bow into a Gift Flower

by DIY Maven

created on: 12/22/08

If you save gift bows like I do, you probably have a sack of them, all of which are looking a little crunched up by now. Here’s a great–and EASY–way to remake them into bow mums.

What you need:

  • A scissors
  • Bows! Large or small, it doesn’t matter, but they must be made of paper ribbon like the cheap sack o’ bows you can buy just about everywhere these days.

What you do:

First, cut the loops down the center, longways. You don’t have to...

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Ribbon Wreath

by Lilybee

I heart wreaths on doors. Combine wreaths and ribbons and you've made my day. So thanks clever folks at The Long Thread for this bit O' lovely:

created on: 11/27/08

Yup, it is in black, cause this one was made as a Halloween decoration, but you can make it in the colours of your choice. Candy-striped cheerfulness maybe or swish red and silver, or maybe even multi-coloured with random bits from your monstrous and ever growing ribbon collection. Here's what...

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Ribbon Cork Board

by Lilybee

Ribbons. I like them. A LOT (a 12-steps-in-my-near-future lot). Things with ribbons on or in them are just better. Like this:

created on: 11/23/08

A bulletin board with ribbons AND buttons. Be still my heart.

To make one, maybe for the weird space behind your desk, or you know, wherever, you'll need:

  • Cork board
  • fabric
  • RIBBON lovely lovely ribbon
  • buttons, beads or other additional embellishments

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Ribbon Up Your Bathroom

by Lilybee

Realsimple has a cute way to use up the squillion meters of ribbon that you might happen to have tucked away. (Compulsive ribbon buyer? Moi?)

created on: 10/08/08

Whip your old shower curtain hooks off and replace them with lengths of ribbon, tie them off and snip the ends at an angle. Practical? Maybe, maybe not, but it's cheap, has big impact and it's super easy to change when you get bored.

A spot of the same ribbon sewn onto the bottom of a few hand towels...

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How To: Attach Your Comforter to Your Duvet

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 09/13/08

If you battle the comforter scrunch night after night, help is here. This is a quick and permanent solution to keep your comforter evenly distributed inside your beautiful duvet.  Everyone will be warm and toasty and happy. 

What you need:

8 pieces of 10" pieces of non-satin ribbon or twill tape (shoestring with ends cut off)

seam ripper

pins

sewing machine

What you do:

1. Turn duvet inside out 

2.  Fold ends of ribbon or tape over...

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