There is always a way to use up excess craft supplies. In my case, ribbon. I have a huge box of ribbon stored in my basement and I realized I haven’t had it out in over a year! It’s time to either start using these supplies or finding new homes for them. As much as I want to simplify my craft collection I’m not ready to get rid of any of it yet, so instead I’m going to see what projects I can make. I started off with an adorable holiday decoration you can set up on a window sill, on a shelf, as part of a tablescape. It’s up to you and it’s easy to make.
I started off with some ribbon scraps, some dowels (I think these were originally for making caramel apples), a used K-cup that’s been rinsed out and filled with something to weigh it down a bit, I used dried black beans.
First step is to tie your ribbons on the dowel. Nothing fancy, but try to get it so the ribbons come out to the sides. You can leave a gap between the ribbons or tie them closer together, it’s your choice.
Next trim up the ribbons so they are shorter on the top and longer on the bottom giving it a Christmas tree appearance. I decided to spray my ribbons down with hair spray and let them dry, this helped them dry straight and a bit stiffer so the branches aren’t too droopy.
While the ribbons are drying get your K-cup ready. I just cleaned out one and filled it with dried beans, but you could use rice, small pasta, sand pea gravel, or anything else you can think of to fill the cup. This will weigh it down to hold the weight of the ribbon tree, and give it some kind of foundation to stick out of.
If you want you could glue some decorative paper or plastic wrap on the top of the cup to prevent spills. I just left mine open because I’ll place it up where it’s not likely to be spilled.
Finally place your ribbon tree into the K-cup and you’re done! Use different colors of ribbon to suit your own personal decor or party themes.
What creative uses do you have for ribbon projects? I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments below.