DIY Ribbon Fish

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final fish

Using carboard and ribbons, you can make this fun colorful fish for Father’s Day. Whether Dad is a fisherman or not, he will get a kick out of this colorful fish that the kids can help make.

template and box

Grab the free PDF template below. I used it to cut out cardboard from a cereal box.

Free PDF file [fish template]

fish cut and paint

After cutting the cardboard, I used DecoArt’s DecoEarth paints on the fish. I applied the paint with a brush and then smooshed it to blend with a makeup sponge.

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This project was created for Gwen Studios. You can find all the design team projects listed on the Designer Crafts Connection website. Gwen Studios products can be found at Walmart and Michaels.

painted

Paint the head, the tail, and the fins. This would be a fun job for the littlest crafter to help with.

ribbons

I cut a variety of colored Gwen Studios ribbons around 3″ in length. I used satin ribbons that were 3/8″ wide.

fold

Using a hot glue gun, I folded the ribbons to a point. You can do this while the paint is drying on the fish.

first row of ribbons

Start at the tail end of the fish and add the folded ribbons as shown above. I used hot glue to quickly put them in place.

ribbons all in place

Randomly choose the colors of ribbon and continue to place the folded ribbons onto the fish. Once you are past the fins, you will not need any more ribbons.

folded ribbons

This is a close-up of the folded ribbons all glued in place. You can see how the points of the ribbons are staggered. Then glue the head onto the fish’s body, it is slightly bigger. If you align the sides, the head part will curve up and over the ribbons.

I used a round resin piece I had for the eye. I think a googly eye would work well.

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DIY Nail File Folio

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nail file folio

Using nail files from the Dollar Tree to measure the necessary length of Gwen Studio ribbon, I sewed them together to make a nail file folio. This is a great way to protect items in your handbag from rough nail files. These folios also make great gifts.

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sewing

Sewing the ribbons together side by side, do not overlap. To do so you will need a stitch that covers enough area to hold the ribbons together. Use a bit of washi tape to place the ribbons together at the top and then begin stitching just below the tape.

scissors, folio, file

After joining the two ribbons together, fold them in half and sew a straight stitch along each side to form a pocket.

lighter

Cut the folded ribbon along the top edge just shy of the length of the nail file. Then use a lighter to finish off the ends of the ribbon folio.

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How to Tea Fold with Ribbon

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tea fold heart

I have been intrigued with tea folding. For Valentine’s Day, I made a tea-folded decor piece using ribbons from Gwen Studios. Using ribbon was very easy to do because the edges of the ribbons are finished and don’t need to be folded, making the construction a bit faster.

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cricut maker

Using a Cricut Maker, I cut white cardstock to 5″ x 7″ with a heart removed from the center for the background of the decor.

This pack of grosgrain ribbon and another in pastel from Gwen Studios was used for the construction of the tea folded heart.

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close up heart

In the close-up above you can see the layering and spacing of the ribbon. Do you have a favorite color of the ribbon used?

Technology Ribbon Wrap

To identify and contain your technology cables and cords, wrap and snap them with materials from Gwen Studios. #affiliate #design_team @gwenstudios

snap kit and ribbon wrap

Back to school is right around the corner for us. With more technology being used in the classrooms, there is a need to organize and identify those cables and cords. Using Gwen Studios ribbon and Snap Setting Tool can solve that problem.

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To make a cable/cord wrap you will need Grosgrain ribbon, Snap Setting Kit, scissors, and a lighter.

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DIY a Ribbon Keychain

Follow the instruction to make your own ribbon keychain. Made with ribbons from Gwen Studios.

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finished keyring

This keyring craft was a reminder of times past. Did you attend summer camp and make lanyards? Well, this keychain is a version of that, made with ribbon. What a fun craft for kids to do. Why not make one for Mother’s Day? Make one yourself or teach your kids to weave a lanyard.

materials

They’re very few needed materials. You’ll need a keyring, four colors of ribbon, and a pair of scissors. I chose to seal the ends of my ribbons with a lighter. If you choose to do this with kids, I recommend supervising them or doing the lighter for them.

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ribbon pack

For spring, I chose to work with pastels from the Gwen Studios grosgrain ribbon pack. These ribbons are available at Walmart and Walmart.com. Look at how beautiful those colorful ribbons are. There are so many color combinations to choose from for this project.

woven ribbon

This little nugget of weaving was made with four ribbons each 32″ in length. If you want your piece to be bigger, use longer ribbons.

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top of weaving

I chose to wind the keyring through this end of the weaving. If you don’t want ribbon tails, you could turn the whole thing around and loop those tails around the keyring and finish it off in the same manner that I collected the ribbon tails – what a fun alternative!

Mini Rainbow Banner

Making a mini ribbon rainbow banner with Gwen Studios.

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This month for the Gwen Studios design team, we are making projects that are for St. Patrick’s Day, using Green, White, and Rainbow Colored ribbons. I chose to go with the rainbow idea and make a mini banner using the colors of the rainbow. Have you heard of ROYGBIV? This is how my daughters learned the colors of the rainbow, R = red, O = orange, Y = yellow, G = green, B = blue, I = indigo, and V = violet (purple).

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The ribbons I used are solid grosgrain ribbons and are available in a pack of 12 bright colors, 3/8″ x 36 Yards by Gwen Studios available at Walmart.

washi tape

I used washi tape a few times in making the banner. Make sure to watch the video to see the tips for using washi tape, it was so helpful.

burn ends

There are two different ways to seal the ends of ribbons. You can burn them as shown above with a lighter, or use a product called fray check. I used both in this project to show you the differences.

back of banner

I used a variety of different tools to make the banner. The items I found helpful were scissors, a nail file, a craft knife, a cutting mat, and a white ink pen.

The ribbons are glued on top of craft foam. The foam is wrapped around a dowel rod and glued in place using Fabri-Tac. I found sewing clips were a big help in holding the foam in place as the glue dried.

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Close-up of the final banner. It really turned out so cute and my daughter has claimed it as hers!

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Weave a Ribbon Greeting Card

Make a woven ribbon greeting card with this SVG file. #affiliate #SVG

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ribbon card

I had an idea for weaving ribbon through a card and here is the result. I love how you can change the look by changing the color of the ribbons. What about trying paper strips instead? Don’t add the bow and add a sentiment strip instead would also change the look of the card. It is so versatile.

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I used this beautiful Stardream Metallic Crystal cardstock. The cardstock is smooth and metallic. The cardstock has a mica pearlescent coating on both sides. It really is beautiful and shimmery in person. Changing the color of the cardstock would also change the look of the card – again so versatile.

I cut the SVG file on a Cricut Maker. The cardstock is heavy, you might find cutting it twice will help.

Here are all the parts I used to make the card. I used an additional piece of cardstock inside the front flap of the card because one of the ribbon strips was sheer. Depending on the ribbon or paper strips you choose this might not be necessary.

tape inside

I chose to use double-stick tape inside my card to hold the ribbon ends in place. Using a stamp pad to hold back the ribbons while placing the tape was a big help.

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Weaving Nautical Decor

Making a nautical themed decor with Gwen Studios and Designer Crafts Connections. #sponsored @DesignerCraftsConnection @beaconcreatesbybeaconadhesives

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I am making a Woven Nautical Wall Decor piece working with ribbon from Gwen Studios. The stripped ribbons in blue, red, and white when placed and woven remind me of nautical flags. The process of weaving can be applied to any size frame you would like to use. Alternately, you could build a frame from 1 x 1s for any size needed. If you chose to weave different patterns or arrange the ribbon differently, your results would be decor pieces that coordinate together but are different. Follow along and learn how to make your own nautical wall decor.

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Materials:

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Directions:

  1. Cover the frame with white felt using hot glue to adhere it to the back of the frame.
  2. On the back of the frame, glue each ribbon end to one edge of the frame. Be sure to align the first ribbon as close to the edge of the frame as possible. (see the video tutorial below for details.)
  3. Travel the ribbon to the opposite side of the frame, glue and trim the ribbon.
  4. Continue the pattern until the entire frame is covered.

5. Begin weaving each ribbon through the ribbons on the frame as pictured above. You can change the order of the
ribbons or follow the pattern you used adhering the ribbon to the frame, as I have done.
6. Glue the ends to the back of the frame.
7. Pulling the ribbon taut, trim, and glue them to the opposite side of the back of the frame.
(see the video below for details)

8. Continue the weaving process until the frame is full.

back materials

There are a few different ways to finish off your piece. I am using adhesive felt on the back and wrapping ribbon around the outer edge of the frame. As an alternative hanging piece, you can use a soda can tab.

The above image shows the finished piece from the back.

Here is the finished piece close up so you can see the side edge.

Video Tutorial:

How to Make Ribbon Flowers

These Ribbon Flowers are very versatile. You could use them as craft embellishments or how about for clips in girl’s hair? I found them to be very comforting and peaceful to make, maybe even more therapeutic for me than for their final use. 

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Any supplies used may be given to me free of charge, however, all projects and opinions are my own.

Materials:

  • sheer ribbon (Dollar Tree – DT)
  • scissors – (DT)
  • tweezers
  • hot glue gun
  • finger protection (optional) – (DT)
  • needle – (DT)
  • lighter – (DT)

Directions:

Follow the video tutorial


Here is a variety of flowers made in different colors. I think they look like roses.

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