Saturday, December 15, 2007
Ribbon Garland Tutorial
Festive Ribbon Garland
*This project will make a garland approximately 1.5 yards long.
*Plan ahead, you will need drying time
*Messy project warning! :)
6 different ribbons. At least 1 yard of each. I used THIS kit from Savvy N Sassy and one other from my stash.
Straight pins or Paper clips
wax or parchment paper
Fabric Stiffener Glue(Crafter's Pick)
Zip Dry glue only needed for single sided ribbons*
I wanted my single sided ribbons to be double sided, if you want to do this, your first step is to cut the one sided ribbon in half and glue insides together.
Step Two: Cut your ribbons to 3 inch lengths.
A 3 inch strip equals a 1 inch link.
Step Three: Make a ring with your strips, overlapping the ribbon ends slightly so that you can pin the ends. (You could also use paper clips or stitch the ends)Link each ribbon through the previous link to create your chain.
Step four: Once you have made your garland links, and you have the length you want, you are ready for the fun part! Dip your garland in a bowl of Fabric Stiffener Glue. This can be found at your local craft store. You need about 1/4 Cup of it. Use your fingers and saturate your ribbons. The Fabric Stiffener will dry clear and seal the links shut. Be sure to focus on the closures that you pinned.
Place your bowl over a large sheet of wax paper or parchment paper. This is where you will lay your garland to dry. Once the links are saturated, lay it out on the paper to dry for at least 4 hours or overnight.
Ocassionally as your garland dries you can gently move each link to prevent sticking. You can wait until the Fabric Stiffener glue is completely dry to remove the pins or while the links are slightly damp.
*Using this fabric stiffener allows the ribbons to hold their link shape and prevents fraying. It's a really awesome product! You can add water to thin the glue, and your project will have less stiffness. Your garland will be preserved and durable! It's great!
Here is my finished garland up close and on my tiny tree! To make 3 yards of garland you will need about 2 yards of six different ribbons.
Posted by becca at 12/15/2007 02:01:00 PM