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‘Tis the season for ornaments, stocking stuffers, gift wrapping and tree trimming. With less than five weeks until Christmas, there isn’t a moment to lose. Today, I want to share a project that uses small pieces of wonderfully lush ribbon.I love my ribbon scraps as much as my fabric scraps. Showing them off in an ornament seems like a win-win situation to me, especially a bit of Amy Butler’s 2″ Brocade Renaissance Ribbon.To make it, you need the following items:
- Wood frame (this one purchased from Michael’s)
- Plaid Folk Art Paint (Dove Gray)
- Plaid Extreme Glitter (Hologram)
- Brush for paint and glitter
- Phoomph™ by Coats and Clark
- Ribbon, approximately 2″ x 2 5/8″
- Scrap of solid fabric to coordinate, approximately 2″ x 2 5/8″
- Narrow ribbon, yarn or other material for hanging, if desired
- Aleene’s Quick Dry Tacky Glue
Follow these steps to make the ornament:
- Prepare the wooden frame by painting it with several layers of paint, drying between coats. If you want to make a lot of these, I would recommend spray paint to save time. Paint front, back and sides.
- Cut a piece of Phoomph™ 2″ x 2 5/8″.
- Peel off paper backing from one side. Apply ribbon wrong side down. Be sure to center the design element you wish to highlight. Trim the ends.
- Cut solid fabric to 2″ x 2 5/8″.
- Peel off paper backing from other side of Phoomph™. Apply fabric with wrong side down. Trim if necessary.
- Apply Extreme Glitter to front side of frame. I chose to go easy on the glitter. If you like more bling, add multiple coats of glitter.
- Once the glitter is completely dry, flip the ornament over and glue around the center of the frame.
- Carefully place the ribbon/Phoomph™/fabric piece onto the back side of the ornament. Let dry.
- If adding a trim hanger, place a small amount of glue on the back side of the ornament just above the center section. Place both ends of the trim you selected for hanging into the glue. Let dry.
And that’s it. You’re finished!
Renaissance Ribbons has plenty of beautiful ribbons to choose from. Here’s a sample of other options to consider:A beautiful trinket like this one doesn’t have to be for Christmas only. It would also liven up your desk space, cubicle or sewing area. Use it on a special package to add a pop to simple wrapping at birthdays as well as holidays. Or make enough to fill your tree. Hop over to Renaissance Ribbons and start dreaming up your very own ornamentation.
It’s been cloudy and rainy here–not my favorite kind of weather. This native Southern California just does not do well without sunshine and warmth. I made up for the lack of sunshine by indulging in some gift making using bright fabrics and coordinating yarn. A couple of aprons and matching dish cloths will make a great hostess gift. (Thanksgiving is only a week away!)
The simple half apron is done in Jane Sassaman’s Hothouse Garden collection with a knitted dish cloth to match and the chef’s apron is Kaffe home dec weight fabric with a crocheted dish cloth. I think they’ll be well received.
As for making up for the lack of warmth…I may have had some help keeping warm today. A little black cat was scratching at the back door and I let her in for a visit. You can see she made herself right at home. She ignored all the fabric mess and went straight to my chair. She purred so loudly that I had to turn the volume up on the TV. Have a Happy Friday!