This is, quite possibly, my FAVORITE DIY project ever. Do you remember being in Elementary school and having friends that would wear ribbons on their birthday or because they won an award? I sure do, and I think a ribbon is a terrific way to brighten anyone's day in a fun, playful way! I was feeling SUPER inspired after seeing photos like this on Shanna Murray's Instagram feed. I decided I wanted to make one for my 5 year old cousin for Valentine's day, and couldn't stop once the first ribbon was done!
These would be pretty dreamy for your Valentine, a birthday, a good luck charm, or just because!
We're just going to dive right in!
You will need:
- A scissor
- Two 1.5" wide strips of scrapbook paper (my papers varied from 8 inches to 10 inches long)
- Hot glue gun
- Glue sticks
- Small square of paper that coordinates with your strips of paper
- 1" wooden disc
- 1.5" wooden heart
- Acrylic craft paint
- Small paint brush
- Pin backs
- Ribbons of various width and color
I folded my paper strips into accordion shapes. You can make as many or as few folds as you'd like, but I like mine pretty crinkled. My folds were about 1/4 inch. Once you've folded both strips of paper, use your glue gun to attach them into one long accordion strip. Your accordion folds do not have to be exactly the same, but you do want them as similar as possible.
Glue the two unattached ends together and make a circle. The printed side of your paper should be on the outside of your circle. Gently press the top of your circle together and down towards your working surface, so it flattens out and makes a "doughnut" shape.
Flip your doughnut shape over, so the back side is facing up. Take your glue gun and put a dime-sized circle of hot glue on the small square of paper. While still keeping your doughnut flat, gently press the sides of your accordion inwards (this will make the inner circle much smaller.) While still pressing the sides inward, place the square of paper glue side down and hold until dry.
Once the glue on the back of your circle is dry, you may turn it back over. I like to place a small dab of hot glue in the small center circle on the front, just as extra reinforcement. You may then hot glue a wooden heart (painted a color of your choice and completely dry) to the front of your circle.
Trim the ribbon of your choice to whatever length you see fit; most of the ribbon strips I used were 5-6 inches in length. If you are using more than one color of ribbon, be sure to add a little dab of glue between each piece before attaching to the back of the circle. Also, take care to trim the bottom of your ribbons into points (this will get rid of any frayed bits.)
Attach your strips of ribbon to the back of your circle using a small amount of glue. As the ribbons dry, glue a pin back to the 1" wooden disc. Attach the disc to the back of the circle, on top of the ribbon.
Voila! That's it! Cute, easy, and SO worth the effort. Consider yourself warned- these are so fun, you won't want to stop!
Happy Valentine's Day, friends! I hope you all feel incredibly loved and have a super sweet day!