And if ribbons are the main issue of this blog/shop, how about your own portable Bow maker and this time I am pretty sure it's a new and never seen tutorial. Why I am sure about it? As I used a dental supplies to make it and I am pretty sure about not having so may dentists crafting with ribbons around the web.
So here it is- my Portable Tin Bow Maker for you. Look as a cute altered box? So it is, but wait for the inside of it.
Don't worry- dental supplies are not obligatory, you can use any paper clay or polymer clay to make this tool.
Pick a tin with a lid- can be recycled one too (I used Making Memories tin, but any mint tin about 3*2'' will do the job.)
Now pick some molding paste (can be bought in any craft shop, but if you have a dentist friend it's even better as our molds smell better and mine has this great grape taste and smell). Make 4 3'' wooden sticks from your BBQ wooden sticks or use an old chopsticks we all have at home as you will need them during the process and after. Now mix the equal parts of both pastes (all molding pastes have 2 parts to be mixed for a minute or so) , make a rectangle about 3/4'' flat and fill the inside of your tin.
Now stick 2 of your wooden pieces about 1/2'' from each side (it will give you 2'' ribbon bow) and another 2 in the middle to make this 1'' bow. Let it dry with sticks inside. Now pull the sticks and your bow maker is done.
Here are some photos to show you how to make 2'' bow. The box will use those wooden sticks storage and you don't need to buy any fancy one (anyway, my fancy bow maker was lost after all)
Please note that the pearl pins are just my add on to make the more clear photos, you don't need to use them during your bow making at all.
First tie the ribbon around the pegs as shown .
Now move the same ribbon above the loop as shown
Pull the pegs of the mold and your bow is made. Trim the ends as wanted and use it as I did to embellish my bow maker box.
Now just take time to embellish your Bow Maker box.
First of all pick some Score tape and embellish the lid with Jute Natural 3/8'' ribbon, cut the edges to fit the tin lid. Add some thin tape around and glue Hemp Cord from Multi Weight set. For my tin lid it were 3 layers of 3/8''width. The bottom was just perfect for one layer of Natural Crochet Lace trim and I added the same hemp over it.
I glued a nice flower branch over the lid (Prima) and added my pink bow I made with Swiss Dots Light Coral ribbon.
And now here are some examples of using this Bow Maker on my other projects.
And as I said- any mold will make the job and if not- try some Paper clay or some Polymer clay (can be baked with a tin, but don't use Microwave as the tin is metal)
Really Reasonable Ribbon:
Jute Natural 3/8 ''
Hemp Cord Multi Weight set
Natural Crochet Lace
Swiss dots grosgrain Light Coral
Tin (Making Memories)
Other: molding paste, wooden pegs
That's it for this post and for my Guest Designing for Really Reasonable Ribbon shop. Thanks for great products and this fantastic exposure!
See you again in my blog with more ribbon posts!