Clever Useful Ideas Using Ribbon ~ Who knew ribbon can be used in gardening, storage, organizing, tablescaping, home décor and not only wrapping gifts!
I love collecting ribbon and using it lots of different ways! What makes collecting ribbon even more fun is there are so many different kinds available. It comes in different widths ranging from very narrow to very wide. It is made from all kinds of materials and fabrics ranging from satin, to cotton, to burlap and so many more. It can be sheer, solid, metallic and even a combination of all three. There are so many colours and patterns to choose from!
Since there are so many different kinds, ribbon does not just have to be used for wrapping gifts. I also like to use it for other purposes and here are some of my…
Clever Useful Ideas Using Ribbon
Secure Sheet Sets
Wrap a ribbon around a folded set of sheets and secure with a simple pretty bow as you would a gift! I used inexpensive ribbon purchased at the dollar store cut into pre-measured lengths. This ribbon has a satin look and feel but is made from a synthetic paper. It is so strong I can use it over again many times to make sure my sheet sets stay together. I can even store them standing up in the linen closet! For the available space in my linen closet it is a much better use of storage space.
I share how my easy system for folding sheets in How To Fold Sheets!
Make A DIY Fabric Memo Board
Fabric memo boards are a handy and decorative way to contain and store papers, photographs, reminders. Making your own using fabric and cross grain ribbon is very easy! I made two of the same fabric memo boards to hang in my craft room using art canvas as the frame. The pink and green is a perfect match to coordinate with the painted green walls. The possibilities for choosing your own fabric pattern and colours and coordinating cross grain ribbon are endless!
I share how to make a fabric memo board in Fabric Memo Board: Step-By-Step Photo Tutorial!
Tie Papers Together
Using narrow craft ribbon is handy to wrap around stacks of paper and secure with a basic bow. I like to reuse greeting cards by cutting them into index card size cards. These cards are perfect to use for reminder notes, quick written messages and short grocery lists. Ribbon can also be used for to stack and tie together other items like letters, envelopes and photographs. The narrow craft ribbon is much prettier than an elastic!
I share other ideas for reusing greeting cards in What To Do With Used Greeting Cards!
Hang Up A Wreath
Ribbon can be used to decorate and hang up wreaths. Here I used a leftover piece to hang up a fall themed wreath in front of a mirror hanging over the mantel. I attached a piece of 3M™ velcro tabs to the back of the mirror and another piece to the ribbon. Both the soft fabric of the ribbon and the hidden velcro make it very easy to hang the wreath up without damaging the mirror.
I share how I made this gorgeous wreath for autumn in Fall Hydrangea Pumpkin Wreath Tutorial!
Shape Into Napkin Rings
Ribbon is an inexpensive and totally versatile option for creating your own napkin rings to coordinate with your tablescape. Here I used a brilliant yellow wired edge fabric ribbon tied into a pretty bow for an Easter tablescape.
Here I used a silver sheer and metallic wire edge ribbon made into a loop and secured with silver and turquoise Christmas ball. You can’t see it but I used a large safety pin to hold everything together. It was a very easy and decorative way to make very pretty napkin rings for my Christmas tablescape!
I share other ideas for creating gorgeous but inexpensive tablescapes in Teal, Yellow And White Easter Tablescape and Tips For Creating A Beautiful Christmas Tablescape!
Stake Tall Garden Plants
I have some really tall perennials growing in my garden that need to be staked so they do not flop over causing the gorgeous blooms to break. What Bloomed In My Garden In July shows how tall and full my delphiniums can get. I found string was not strong enough. Instead I use wide ribbon wrapped around the bottom half of the plant does an amazing job staking and securing the plant.
I share how in Gardening Idea – Use Ribbon Instead Of String!
Decorate A Large Gift
In can be tricky wrapping a large gift! You don’t want to use ribbon that is too narrow that it adds very little décor value to the gift. Nor do you want to spend a fortune on ribbon making the large wrapped gift look pretty. My solution for using the perfect ribbon to wrap a large gift is to use tulle that comes on a spool. There are so many colour choices available and I find a little bit goes a long way.
I share my tips and ideas for wrapping a large gift without spending a fortune in Inexpensive Large Wedding Gift Wrapping Ideas!
Embellish A Re-Purposed Gift Bag
It is fun to make what the gift is wrapped in part of the gift so it too can be used. Here I used an IKEA shopping bag. On its own it looked like a bright blue IKEA shopping bag and not like a pretty gift at all. Cover the top with some tissue paper from the dollar store and tie pretty tulle ribbon into big bows onto each handle and it is now transformed into a pretty gift!
I share what I put into the gift bag in IKEA Themed Baby Shower Gift Idea!
Final Words: Ribbon is available in so many colours, patterns, fabrics and sizes making it fun to collect. To keep costs down I look for the sales, buy larger spools for more savings and even thrift stores. I also have a lot of fun looking for ways to use it that are useful as well as decorative!
Your Turn: What is your favourite type of ribbon? Do you have clever useful ideas using ribbon?