You probably already use craft ribbon to create beautiful decorative bows and wrapped presents, but have you ever used it in your craft projects? Ribbon is one of the most versatile craft supplies, but there are some tips and tricks to choosing the right kind for your project.
Picking the Right Craft Ribbon
Like most craft supplies, there are a variety of types of crafting ribbon, and not all are ideal for all projects.
Craft Curling Ribbon is the common type of ribbon used for gift wrapping. But it can be used for a variety of fun crafts, too, like creating unique wreaths and hair bows. Plus, it’s the perfect supply to have on hand for all sorts of kids crafts like magic wands, masks, hats and even wigs.
Satin Ribbon is a type of fabric ribbon that has a little bit of shine to it. It can come in a variety of widths, can be smooth or textured and can be double faced or just single. Double faced means that both sides of the ribbon have the shiny satin finish. One of the most versatile types of ribbon, satin ribbon is flexible and easy to work with and can be used for hair accessories, wedding favors, home décor projects, as an embellishment to other items or even as a beautiful way to tie items together.
Sheer Organza Ribbon is commonly used in wedding crafts because of its elegant looks. It is a fabric craft ribbon that is sheer and can add beautiful, unique and rich look to a wide variety of crafts like wreaths, floral arrangements and more.
Tulle Ribbon could be one of our favorites. If you’re looking to make a big impact with your crafts, try using tulle. It’s a soft, sheer and fine fabric that looks similar to net and is commonly uses for making veils, dresses and more. Fun ideas for tulle ribbon include tutus, pom poms for party decorations, backdrops or gift wrapping accents.
Velvet Ribbon is the perfect ribbon to use during the holiday season. Velvet ribbon has a soft, velvet finish and we love using it during Christmas and Valentine’s Day for gift wrapping accents, bows and wreaths.
Mesh ribbon and glitter ribbon is the perfect choice for adding a little bit of shine to all sorts of crafts. Mesh ribbon and bling on a roll is perfect to add to wedding crafts, including at the bottom of bouquets.
Grosgrain ribbon is a type of fabric craft ribbon that has a little bit of texture to it, thanks to its ribbed details. This type of ribbon is versatile and can be used for a variety of projects as well as a fun way to add textured embellishments to ordinary items like pillows, lampshades, hair accessories and even jewelry projects.
Burlap ribbon is the right choice when you’re looking for a type of ribbon with natural looks. Burlap ribbons are a trendy choice, and we love wrapping them around vases and mason jars, using them in wreaths and floral arrangements, creating natural bunting and more.
Craft Ribbon Application
If you’re finding your ribbon to be difficult to work with, chances are you’ve using the wrong type for the project you are completing. Here’s a couple tips for ribbon application:
Wired ribbon, the type of ribbon with wire running along the edges of your fabric, works best for making bows, because it can be easily shaped to what you want. Wire ribbon is also good to use for wreaths and floral arrangements because of its flexibility and ability to hold shapes. Cut and woven edges of ribbon (those types without wire), don’t hold shape, but are great to use for embellishments in projects like scrapbooking.
Grosgrain ribbons are one of the most durable types of ribbon, because it is thick and woven. Because of its durability, it’s easy to use for sewing and in hair accessory projects.
Spool versus Ribbon by the Yard
Ribbon typically comes in two options:
- By the yard
- Spool ribbon
Spool ribbon is wrapped around a cardboard circle and ribbon by the yard comes in a flat package. Spool ribbon is a good choice for projects like scrapbooking, party favors, gift wrapping and more. Purchase ribbon by the yard for sewing projects, to make bows or for floral designs.
So what are you waiting for? You’ve got the basics on purchasing craft ribbon, so go ahead and put a bow (and more) on it!