Wednesday, July 4, 2012

May Arts Design Team Application- Round 2!

Happy 4th of July!!!

I've got a tutorial for you- my submission for Round 2 of the May Arts Design Team call! (yes, I was giddy to have made it this far!)
Today I'm showing you how to make those cute corkscrew barrettes that you can pay a fortune for at department stores! Here's my purchased example:
Did you know that if you bake your ribbon on dowels it will hold the corkscrew shape? So fun! Here's my rainbow of ribbon ready to go into the oven! ;)
I used 3/16" dowels (cut to 16") and 1/4" & 3/8" ribbon. Here's a pic of one of May Arts new super cute 1/4" white/mini dot wrapped & secured with a clothespin.
I baked the ribbon on a foil lined sheet at 275 degrees for 25 minutes. The 1/4" was done in that time, but the 3/8" took longer, so I kept checking it at 5 minute intervals until it held it's shape when I unwrapped it from the dowel. (A quick tip- if you lightly sand your dowels before you start the ribbon will slide off without a hitch!)
And here's a fun pile of corkscrew ribbon!
Now to make the barrettes! I used my imaginesce i-magicut ribbon cutter to cut the ribbon in 3" segments. You could certainly make them smaller or larger- I was using the Gymboree clip as my guide. I cut 8 segments, varying the colors.
I stacked the ribbon in alternating colors & used a threaded needle to pierce them in the center- do you like my fancy tool to push the needle into? ;)
I pulled the thread through all the layers- I'm using white thread so that you can see it more clearly, but you could certainly use thread that matches!
I then wrapped the thread several times around the center & tied it off.
I used a ribbon lined clip (you can see my tutuorial on how to do those here) & hot glued the bow to the center.
To give it a finished look I cut a matching piece of ribbon to a little over 1.5".
I hot glued it to the inside, wrapped it around the ringlets & hot glued it to the inside again.
And then I made some cutie tags for display!
I LOVE this one! (Ribbon: 1/4" solid/check, , 1/4" solid/iridescent.)
Isn't this perfect for the 4th of July? :) (Same ribbon as above, plus 3/8" grosgrain)
And I thought this little green one turned out super cute! That mini-dot ribbon is so well suited for these clips! (3/8" grosgrain also used)
I found that the 1/4" ribbon really does hold the corkscrew well- the 3/8" adds some whimsy, as the curl is softer. I love that I can make clips in so many colors!
And what else might you use that cute curly ribbon for? I thought it looked darling on a little birthday gift!
And if you made it this far- yay!
I have loved being a Prima Ribbonista for May Arts! The Ribbon Lady is awesome, and I'm constantly inspired by the other members of the design team! So I'll cross my fingers to get to stay...!
And since I've got red, white & blue featured, I'll play in the Ribbon Carousel's Challenge (kind of perfect, as they carry tons of May Arts ribbon!), as well as Simon Says Stamp's ATC or Tag challenge! :)
Thanks so much for stopping by! I'd love to hear what you think!


  1. wow wee these are so amazing...I just love how you made these...very fun and super it...

  2. These are so perfect for you, and that's one stylish looking present. If I baked the ribbon, no doubt there would be a smoke detector and some burnt ribbon, b/c I got distracted doing something else. And you should enter the super cute tags in this week's Simon Says Stamp Challenge.

  3. Oh my, these are so cute! And who knew you could make your own and save a fortune. Congrats on the 2nd round; they would be crazy not to keep you on their team!

  4. Baking ribbon? Only your creative mind would think of something like this! Your barrettes turned out amazing!

  5. How fun is this?! Baking ribbon?!!!! Awesome!!!!

  6. Very cool, thanks for the tutorial on the ribbons, I will have to try it sometime I know I have dowel rods around here somewhere...

    xo, Kristina
    Sharing bloggy love from SSS challenge
    Come by and see me sometime!

  7. These are adorable! Thank you for playing along in the tag/ATC challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp challenge blog! :)

  8. Absolutely adorable, the presentation too! Great job teamie!

  9. Good grief gravy. I don't even want to think about how much money my mom, my aunt and I spent on corkscrew barrettes at Gymbo over the past 10 years!!!!! The ones you made are fabulous!!!

  10. I WILL be making some of these!! What a great tutorial, Thanks so much, and best of luck! -V

  11. I can't believe you baked ribbon - what made you think of that! WOW! Love love love this!!! Good luck in the DT competition, I think you've got it nailed to stick around! :)

  12. Thanks so much for the tutorial on curling ribbon. I never thought of heat setting in my oven. I'm going to give this a try using red ribbon for my Christmas cards.


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