Monday, December 7, 2009

Deck the Halls: Ribbon Star

I have lots of half-used spools of ribbon lying around in boxes and bags. And it seems that with every new project, a new spool of ribbon is purchased. (Amazing how that happens, right?)

Well I'm putting those spools of ribbon to good use this year with my ribbon stars. The great thing about ribbon stars is they can be used just about any way you want: ornaments, gift add-ons, napkin rings, picture frames. If you can think of a use, you can do it!

Step 1: Start with a spool of ribbon. You'll want at least a yard just for good measure. It's best to pick a ribbon that either has no pattern or the same pattern on both sides (see: my pink-and-white polka dotted mistake).

Step 2: Place the ribbon on your hand and pull the ribbon behind and under your fingers. (Be sure to leave about three inches of material on the shorter side.) The ribbon should now be making an X on your fingers.

Step 3: Pull the ribbon through the back of the X and out.

Step 4: Gently tug and pull until the ribbon has formed a point. Then repeat the process until the star has been completed and the points have come back around.

Step 5: Cut away the extra material. Tuck the ends in and use a dab of low-temp hot glue to secure.

Step 6: Dream a use for your new ribbon star!

Don't worry if you can't get it the first time. I had many do-overs. But when you get it, it's a great, easy way to add a little bit of personality to whatever you're making this season.

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