During my many perusings on Etsy I came across these Dancing Ribbon Rings. I immediately fell in love and they went on my list of gift ideas for Gwendolyn. As almost always happens when looking at crafty things, I figured – I could make those.
Since Christmas is looming on the horizon, I finally added “wooden rings” and “ribbon” to my craft shopping list. Try as I might, however, I could not find the wooden rings anywhere. I found some smaller varieties, and every other wooden shape imaginable, but not the ones I was looking for. I had seen other ribbon rings tutorials using plastic shower curtain hooks and even wooden curtain rings but I didn’t like the look of these as well.
Sometimes improvising yields the best results. What is it they say? “Necessity is the mother of invention.” So whereas I didn’t need to make these, I really wanted to and was fortunate enough to happen upon some mini grapevine wreaths (something like these) that were the right size.
The other night I finally sat down with my materials: two 3″grapevine wreaths and
three spools 1/4″ narrow satin ribbon (1o yds each, different colors). I hadn’t really studied the original picture from Etsy and figured I would have to sew or hotglue the ribbon onto the ring, but then I realized the ribbon is just tied in knots. Phew! Each ring has two lengths of each colors (when doubled and tied it ends up being four strands), so I divided each spool into four lengths (about 90″ each). Then I tied the ribbon on the rings, deciding how I wanted to vary the color. I tried to keep the lengths even, but I don’t mind the uneven look on the ends. Then I heat-sealed the edges with a lighter to prevent fray.
Phil helped me cut the ribbon, and as I was assembling the rings, I broke out into a huge grin, realizing how much Gwen is going to love getting these in her Christmas stocking. I love how they came out – very natural and elegant. I gleefully swung them around for fun (Phil just shook his head at me and said how cute I am) and realized I need to make a couple more pairs – one for me and one for Josiah! Well, for Josiah anyway (in boy colors).
A similar project on my crafting to-do list: DIY Ribbon Sticks.