Bumble Bee Ribbon Sculpture Tutorial by Scrap Maniac

Date Created: 8/10/15
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Time to Complete: approx 30 minutes
Pricing at: $5.00
Materials Needed:
3/8″ black with white saddle stitch ribbon
3/8″ yellow with white polka dot ribbon
1/8″ silver ribbon
1 3/4″ flat alligator clip
small rhinestone gem (4-6mm)
 
Measurements: (and what the pieces are for)
black with white saddle stitch
     (1) 2.5″ for 1st body loop
     (1) 3.5″ for 3rd body loop
     (1) 1″ for head
     (1) 1.5″ to make 2 antennae
     (1) 4.5″ for clip liner
yellow with white polka dots
     (1) 3″ for 2nd body loop
     (1) 4″ for 4th body loop
(1) 4″ of silver for wings
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Instructional Video:

My Favorite Christmas Tree (12 Branches)

Date Created: 12/2/16 (after several times of making these)
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Time to Complete: 30 minutes
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Materials Needed:
3/8″ grosgrain ribbon
     Tree branches: emerald green, green print with ornaments or green print with snowflakes
     Bow: red, white, pink, silver, gold, any color (saddle stitch, polka dot, pattern print, sheer glittery)
     Trunk clip liner: brown or brown with polka dots
Jem or rhinestone optional
needle and thread for bow
hot glue
salon clip, badge holder, magnet, pin…whatever you are going to mount it on
Measurements: (and what the pieces are for)
(12) 2″ for tree branches
(1) 4.5-5″ for bow
(1) 4.5″ for trunk clip liner
 
Instructions:
  • Heat seal ends of all ribbons
  • For each branch, place a dot of glue on top of one end, place the other end on top at an angle to create a teardrop shape, leaving a small hole in the center. Repeat for all 12 branches
  • Mount 4 branches together. Mount 3 branches together.  Mount 3 branches together again. Mount 2 branches together.
  • Line clip with ribbon for tree trunk.
  • Glue bottom wrung of 4 branches near the bottom of the clip. Next glue 3, then 3, then 2.
  • Make bow topper and glue on top of tree.  Embellish bow.
Notes:
  • Tree can be emerald or any other green (but no one purchased the dark evergreen color) and everyone LOVED when I made it with the light green that had an ornament Christmas pattern with a red with white saddle stitch bow. I personally liked it better with the white with red saddle stitch bow.
  • Keep hole in loop small
  • Don’t angle bottom row in too much, keep in more level
  • Really Spread the 3 out
  • Glue each row together first, then glue the row to the clip.  The top most row will run out of clip and just be glued to the previous row.
  • If making it on a badge pull, simply fold the clip liner in half and glue turner for more stability. Charging $7 for badge pull tree, probably $6 or $6.50 on a clip

More examples:

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Witch Hat 3D Ribbon Sculpture Hair Clip

Date Created: 10/6/2014
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Time to Complete: 30 minutes?
Pricing: $5+ depending on materials and embellishments
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Materials Needed:
  • 2 1/4″ black ribbon
  • 1/4″ black ribbon
  • 3/8″ Halloween ribbon
  • cardboard or plastic to create templates
  • template to trace for hat circle and cone
  • light colored pencil for marking black ribbon
  • needle and black thread
  • 1 3/4″ single prong salon clip aka alligator clip
  • non-slip grip like Silly Grip
  • hot glue gun
  • lighter
  • protective heat mat
 
Measurements: (and what the pieces are for)
  • 2 1/4″ of 2 1/4″ black ribbon for round hat bottom
  • 3″ of 2 1/4″ black ribbon for hat cone
  • 5″ of 3/8″ Halloween ribbon for bow, cut edges into V shape
  • 3/4″ of 1/4″ black ribbon for bow center wrap
  • 3 1/2″ of 3/8″ Halloween ribbon for hat wrap, cut edges at 30% slant up
  • 4 1/2″ of  3/8″ Halloween ribbon for alligator clip liner
 
Instructions:
  • These are very general instructions, so I hope to be posting a video with more detail as soon as I can.
  • Trace templates for circle and cone onto the pieces of 2 1/4″ black ribbon using a white chalk pencil or light colored pencil so you can see where to cut it.
  • Cut out circle and cone, and heat seal all edges.
  • Wrap cone piece into cone shape and glue into place. (I’ll be making a video shortly showing how to do this, it is a little tricky.)
  • Use scissors if necessary to even out bottom of hat so it will sit flat on the circle, just make sure there are no bumps.
  • Starting in the back of the hat on the crease, glue the 3 1/2″ piece of Halloween ribbon to the hat with 1 dot.  It will still be sticking out on both sides.
  • 1 side at a time, add a little glue and adhere, wrapping it around to the front.  It will not all go on, it will slant down, and you will cut off the excess afterwards.
  • Cut off excess from wrap.
  • As evenly and quickly as possible, line glue around the entire circular bottom of hat cone and then center and stick onto hat circle before it dries.
  • Make bow, and glue onto center front of hat where points of hat wrap meet, thus covering that part up.
  • Finally, determine which way your hat will face and glue onto a ribbon lined alligator clip.

Witch Hat Ribbon Sculpture Hair Clip

Date Created: 2014
Difficulty Level: Beginner
Time to Complete: 20 minutes
Pricing: $5 +
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Materials Needed:
  • 7/8″ black grosgrain ribbon
  • 3/8″ black grosgrain ribbon
  • 1/8″ black grosgrain ribbon
  • 3/8″ Halloween print grosgrain ribbon

Measurements: (and what the pieces are for)

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  • Cone: 1 1/4″ of 7/8″ black ribbon
  • Hat belt: 1 3/4″of 3/8″ Halloween ribbon
  • Brim:  2″ of 3/8″ black ribbon
  • Bow wrap: 3/4″ of 1/8″ black ribbon
  • Mini BowTie : 2″ of 3/8″ Halloween ribbon
  • Clip Liner: 4 1/2″ of 3/8″ Halloween ribbon
Quick Instructions:
  • Fold 7/8″ ribbon into cone shape and glue folds in.
  • Glue hat belt onto cone with slight overlap.
  • Round ends of the black brim using lighter, then using slight overlap, glue onto hat belt.
  • Determine which way the hat will face, left or right and make bow tie and glue on.
  • Attach bow to ribbon lined clip.

Video Tutorial (sorry no sound):

Other Halloween ribbon patterns to consider.  Check EBAY for great prices on ribbon.

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Layered Fabric Flower

Layered Fabric Flower

This fabric flower can be made from tattered circles or flower patterned pieces of fabric folded into quartered pieces.  You can use 9 petals of t-shirt material or any pattern or solid cotton fabric.  I’ve even tried this with singed satin irregular circles or sheer material.
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Use 5 rounded edges on pattern of flower.  Fold the piece of material in half and then in half again so it is triangularly shaped.  Fold so that they do not line up symmetrically. 5 edges is the trick, I tried 8 bumps the first time and that is too much. After gluing down 4 petals on 1 layer, then make a second layer on top with another 4 petals.  Roll the 9th petal for center, snip off the tip so it is not too tall (about 1/8-1/4″) and put puddle of glue in center and push down with finger.  Then glue closest edge of outer petals up to the center rolled piece to add dimension.
Video I watched to learn how to do this:
Another YouTube Video shows a neater way to fold the petals for even more texture: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gecQrb1fzIk&feature=player_embedded
More Examples:

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Reindeer Ribbon Sculpture Hair Clip

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is always a kid favorite around the holidays.  Here are the measurements I like to use to make my Reindeer Ribbon Sculptures.
Date Created: Winter 2014
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Time to Complete: 30 minutes?
Pricing: $6-$8
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Materials Needed:
  • 3/8″ medium brown grosgrain
  • 7/8″ medium brown grosgrain
  • 7/8″ dark brown grosgrain
  • 3/8″ holiday print
  • googly eyes
  • red glitter pom pom or red button
  • 5-6mm rhinestone or jingle bell
Measurements: (and what the pieces are for)
  • Head: 3 1/2″ of 7/8″ medium brown grosgrain
  • Ears: (2) 2″ of  3/8″ medium brown grosgrain
  • Antlers: (1) 2″ piece of 7/8″ dark brown grosgrain and cut (2) antlers from it
  • Reindeer’s Bow: 4 1/2″ of  3/8″ Christmas ribbon
  • Eyes: (1) pair 7-8mm googly eyes
  • Nose: (1) red glitter pom pom or red button
  • Bow Center (optional): (1) 5-6mm rhinestone or jingle bell
Instructions:
  • Cut and seal all ribbons, except antlers.
  • Fold head piece so that ends meet perpendicularly and glue, pressing down flat.
  • Fold ears so that end overlap forming a teardrop shape, repeat for 2nd ear and then glue ears together and very tip.
  • Glue ears onto back of head.
  • Create a template for the antlers.  These will take lots of practice to get them the way you want and take up the majority of time in the project. Once you cut them out, heat sealing them properly is what really gives them the shape. Once I get them even, then glue on the back.
  • Tie or sew bow and attach. Embellish with jewel or jingle bell.
  • Glue on eyes and nose.
  • Glue onto ribbon lined alligator clip.
Variations:
  • Pink bow and pink nose, or pink and green
  • Any colors to match dress or outfit
  • Mount on pin to wear on outfit
  • Mount on magnet for the fridge
  • Mount on badge holder to wear to work
  • Clip Reindeer clip on to bigger bow or mount directly on bigger bow for more bling
Originally priced at $8 in 2014, but dropped price to $6 in 2015 because I had the materials on hand and I was able to make them faster.
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Bat Ribbon Sculpture Hair Clip

Date Created: 2014
Difficulty Level: Advanced
Time to Complete: 45  minutes +
Pricing: $8 +
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Materials Needed:
  • 3/8″ black grosgrain ribbon
  • 3/8″ Halloween print grosgrain ribbon
  • 1/8″ black grosgrain ribbon
  • 8mm googly eyes
  • alligator clip

Materials: All measurements are of 3/8″ grosgrain unless otherwise stated

  • Wings: (2) 6″ black ribbon folded with 1 fold at 3/4″, 2 folds at 1″, 1 fold at 1 1/4 inch and last piece at 1 3/4″ connecting to other end
    • Mark ribbon for creases with glue at 3/4″, 1 3/4″, 2 3/4″, 4″
  • Head: (3) 2″ black ribbon
  • Body: (3) 2 1/4″ black ribbon
  • Bow: 2″ of 3/8″ Halloween ribbon
  • Bow Center: 3/4″ of  1/8″ black ribbon
  • Eyes: (2) 7-8mm googly eyes
  • Clip: 4 1/2″ Mount on Halloween ribbon lined alligator clip (choice of left, right or vertical)

Mounting Options: this can also be mounted on a pin to wear or a magnet for the fridge or a badge clip for work.