Upcycled Holiday Ribbons
As the holidays get closer, I thought I would share this really easy way to make homemade holiday ribbons.
What do you need?
- Vacuum seal coffee bag or doggie treat bag.
- Hot Glue
- Twist tie or double sided tape (to attach your ribbon to a wrapped gift)
Get to Slicing!
Once you have a large flat piece of foil lined bag, start cutting strips. I find it easier to make one cut and the slide my scissors along the material because it helps you get a smooth edge.
Your strips should be approximately half an inch wide and no more than six or so inches long. They don't have to be perfect, you can trim or discard strips that don't look right after curling.
Once you have cut all of your bag into your half inch strips it is time to curl them up to look just like those holiday ribbons you see in the store. Slide each strip with the foil side down along the inside of your scissors' blade (this is the part where you have to watch the little ones!) The material will curl up immediately. If yours does not, try to create a bit more tension between the strip and the blade.
Try to leave the top half inch or so uncurled so you can attach all the strips together.
Apply a little touch of glue to one strip and glue it to two or three other strips. Squeeze the strips together and keep building (this is where I always burn myself!)
There really is no pattern to this, just try to make sure all the sides have an equal number of curls. The beauty of these ribbons is that they look like a (pretty) mess of curls! Also make sure you use enough glue on each curl that it does not come off.