Christmas Ornament Ribbon Project…RIBBON : more than just a “finishing touch”

Ribbon Project : more than just a finishing touch

I LOVE ribbon…I have since I was a little girl…carefully choosing just the right grosgrain to highlight my ponytails and match my coordinating outfit or cheerleading uniform:)

Not to mention the tying up of gifts. I am a gift giver…I love to search out special surprises for the people I love…and one of my favorite parts of the giving is taking the time to wrap it beautifully…hoping to catch the fancy of the receiver before they even see what’s inside….and of course, the crowning glory of the wrapping…the finishing touch…you guessed it…ribbon:)

As I have mentioned before, I collect it. I have spools, and reels, and drawers full…and now that I have found a spectacular source for all things ribbon (May Arts) I have decided to create a project using primarily RIBBON.

It will be MORE than just the FINISHING TOUCH…it will be the MAIN ATTRACTION.

I can’t help it…I’m already thinking about Christmas. I don’t often get a jump start on my homemade gifts, but this year will be different!


Ribbon Project : more than just a finishing touch

Here’s how…

Ribbon Project : more than just a finishing touch

Start with BEAUTIFUL May Arts Ribbons!

Ribbon Project : more than just a finishing touch

& 3 X 3 mini canvases. These come in a 6 pack, (Black or White)

I found them at Michaels.

Ribbon Project : more than just a finishing touchNext, draw an ornament “pattern” using a circle that is about 2 1/2 inches in Diameter. I used a bottle of Gesso I had sitting on my table. Then, trace the pattern on card stock and cut each one out.

Ribbon Project : more than just a finishing touch

Next, use adhesive (I used my ATG gun because it is less messy and fast.) You will later stitch on top of all the ribbon, so don’t worry too much about getting the ribbon completely secure. It will be later.

*note: the tape will accumulate on the sewing machine needle, so I kept a baby wipe on hand to occasionally wipe the excess off my needle. Really not a big deal.

Ribbon Project : more than just a finishing touchOnce you lay each ribbon across the card stock ornament, flip it over and carefully cut off the excess.

Ribbon Project : more than just a finishing touchI used a lighter & very lightly “tapped” all the way around the ornament, touching the flame to the ribbon to “seal” the ends and prevent fraying.

Ribbon Project : more than just a finishing touchNext, stitch around each ornament several times. I like to add a little detail to the tops, mimicking the way a real ornament has a metal “hanger top.”

Don’t worry about being super precise. I like them to look a little “wonky.” The thread adds texture and character:)


They all have a really nice “weight” to them along with a beautiful “sheen.”

Ribbon Project : more than just a finishing touchHere is a group with finished stitching. I decided to add another shape…it reminds me of the vintage ornaments from my childhood. (I guess that make me vintage as well)

Ribbon Project : more than just a finishing touchTime for the Stamped charms.

I purchased this stamping set at the hardware store for $9.00. You can find them online if you’re interested here.

I found the “blank” charms on sale at Hobby Lobby, ranging from a set of 3 for $1.29 – a set of 6 for $1.99.

Once you stamp each letter, “color” the letters by rubbing a black sharpie over them and then rubbing off the excess with a baby wipe or rubbing alcohol.

The ink will help the letters stand out.

You could stamp names instead of sentiments for an extra special personalized gift!

Ribbon Project : more than just a finishing touchFor this one, I cut out a section of a page from a vintage Christmas song book to use as a background for the ribbon ornament.

Ribbon Project : more than just a finishing touch

After the stamped charm was glued in place, I attached the Ornament to the canvas. ( I used craft glue for both) I LOVE the super cool “burlap” twine tied onto the charm.

Ribbon Project : more than just a finishing touch

This is what I used to make the holes for the twine hanger. It’s called a

Crop-A-Dile Eyelet Snap Setter Hole Punch

(Along with setting eyelets, this thing can punch holes in metal! It’s goes through the mini canvas like butter)

Ribbon Project : more than just a finishing touch

I wanted to use a collection of the ornaments for a larger piece and I found this 5 X7 canvas at Hobby Lobby for 4.99. (If you use your 40% off coupon it’s around $3, yay!)

Ribbon Project : more than just a finishing touch

Ribbon Project : more than just a finishing touch

I glued each ornament onto the canvas with craft glue, sketched around them with a Pitt multi liner, and then painted “Christmas 2013” on a Red Grosgrain ribbon that I “sealed” by lightly burning the edges.

Ribbon Project : more than just a finishing touch

The above white doodles are done with a Uni-ball Signo and can be found here.

Ribbon Project : more than just a finishing touch

I really like how these turned out. I especially liked doing a project where the RIBBON was the STAR. I hope you have gained some inspiration to create ornaments at home with your own personal touch! These wouldn’t be the same without the beautiful selection of ribbon from


Creating Wall Art with Vacation Treasures…(it just needed a bit of ribbon)


We are blessed beyond measure with the generosity of my Mother & Father in law, who take the whole Carroll Clan (16 in all) on a BIG Family trip every other year.  It’s been one of the greatest highlights in our family’s lives and so when we travel,I love to search for a special treasure to remember our trip.

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On this trip, as I was purusing an antique store in Cairo

     (American antiques are hundreds of years old…Egypt’s are thousands!)

I found this beautifully carved Coptic Cross.

(It isn’t thousands of years old…just a replica)


But I loved it just the same.

I knew that I wanted to display it, but I didn’t just want to “nail it to the wall.”

SO…I found this great shadow box at Pottery Barn. (cute pins included)

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This is a rustic version from Pottery Barn’s online website (click on the pic to see it yourself)

There were just the same amount of holes in the cross…perfect for pining!

IMG_7931But, it still needed something…


IMG_7942So, I found a beautiful neutral ribbon in my stash, wrote a “sentiment” on Kraft Card Stock, and cut it out.

I burned the edges of the cards stock a bit with a lighter to add that “vintage” feel.

*I also burn the edges of my ribbon to prevent fraying



Don’t forget to check out May Arts for the perfect ribbon to enhance your treasure!


Speaking of Ribbons…Ribbons + Food = yummy

I use ribbon almost every day!

As a “small gift giver” I was recently overjoyed with my new laundry room that included a “wrapping station!”  Yay!!   My contractor said to me, (in regards to the wrapping station) “Do you really wrap that many gifts to warrant the use of all this space?! ”  and I said, (with a twinkle in my eyes)  “Mike, I have a gift for you:)”

The RIBBON RACK was very important to me.  (He almost left that out…even AFTER I told Him the EXACT number of ribbon spools I had planned for it!)  Ribbon is so misunderstood:(



Which brings me to my next point…Ribbon is mandatory for all special occasions and very useful to caterers.

Food + Ribbon, beautifully wrapped = yummy.

Speaking of Ribbon + Food…

Cooking is surely the way to the heart.  I love to love others through food, so I was over the moon when I had the opportunity to help my Daughter with HER Daughter’s First Birthday Party.

…and the “woven” theme throughout all the food?  You guessed it, RIBBON:)

Just look at all the uses for these heavenly spools…

Ribbon:mini sandwiches Ribbon:rice krispies Ribbon:Cupcake cakepops ribbon:timeline2 Ribbon:pompoms Ribbon:foodtable

Can you see the newborn picture of Annabelle up on the wall?


Not to mention the adornment of the BIRTHDAY GIRL HERSELF!

(She was born on Valentines Day…hearts, red, white and pink)

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I could talk about ribbon for hours…I guess I already did:)


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