Snail Ribbon Sculpture

Date Created: 5/13/16
Difficulty LevelAdvanced
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Materials Needed:
ALL 3/8″ grosgrain ribbon:
  • Outside 10″
  • Inside 7″
  • Clip liner 4.5″
  • Body 4″
  • Antennae 1″

Notes:

  • For a 5 loop snail shell, begin inside and end outside with same color, usually the darker color. Have at least 3 inches extra of that color.
  • To start, glue top of outside piece facing down or inside against the other piece.
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Mini Clippies

Date Created: 12/15/14
Difficulty LevelBeginner
Time to Complete: 5-10 minutes
Pricing:  $1.50 for regular, $1.75 for 2 layer mini clippie
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Materials:
  • All 3/8″ ribbon, colors of choice
  • Single prong 1.75″ salon clip
  • Silly grip non-slip grip
  • Optional: rhinestone or embellishment, 10mm or less
  • Optional: knotted bow center wrap
Measurements:
  • Bow: 3″
  • Bow center wrap: 1″
  • Clip liner: 4.5″
  • Optional: for a double layer bow, use 2.5″ for the top loop and 3″ for the bottom loop

 

Mini Clippies with Knotted Centers

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Mini Clippies with 2 Layers and Knotted Center

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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:

Turkey Ribbon Sculpture Hair Clip (2015 Version)

I first made ribbon sculpture turkeys in 2014.  The feathers were very large, so this year I scaled them back and bit and modified the placement of the feather.  I also changed the way I placed the beak and eyes on the face.  These little turkeys are so popular and you can have so much fun choosing different colors for the feathers!
Date Created: 2015
Difficulty Level: Advanced
Time to Complete: 30+ minutes
Pricing: $8.00 +
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Materials Needed:
  • 3/8′ ribbon in brown, red, orange and then various colors or prints for feathers
  • 1 3/4″ salon clip
  • (2) x 10mm googly eyes
  • scissors
  • hot glue
  • lighter
Measurements: See photo below of measured and cut pieces (and what the pieces are for)
Brown
  • 7″ for head and body, head folded up to mark at 3″
  • 3 1/2″ for first inner body loop
  • 2 1/2″ for second inner body loop
  • 3/4″ for back of head to close hole
  • 4 1/2″ for vertical clip liner
Orange
  • 3/4″ for beak, cut to triangle
Red
  • 1″ for gobbler (1 piece can make 2 gobblers cut wavy from corner to corner)
Polka Dot (various colors)
  • (5) 3 1/2″ for feathers
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Instructional Video:
Optional:
2″ for tiny bow tie hair bow
3/4″ of 1/8″ ribbon to wrap over center thread of bow, or accent with a rhinestone

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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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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Pinwheel Practice and Sizing

Pinwheels: with tails, with no tails and bow tie with tails

I wanted to see how the pinwheels came out when I made them with or without tails and how big they would be and how they would look on the clips.  Here are a few variations with 5/8″ colored dots grosgrain ribbon.

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Pinwheel with tails on ribbon lined alligator clip

  • 9 1/2″ of 5/8″ colored dots ribbon for pinwheel with tails on 1 3/4″ template
  • 4 1/2″ of 3/8″ hot pink for ribbon lined clip
  • 1 1/2″ of 1/4″ hot pink for center
  • NOTE: I think I’d prefer this pinwheel with tails on a 2″ template instead
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Pinwheel with no tails on ribbon lined alligator clip

  • 9″ of 5/8″ colored dots ribbon for pinwheel with no tails on 1 3/4″ template
  • 4 1/2″ of 3/8″ fuchsia for ribbon lined clip
  • 1 1/2″ of 1/4″ fuchsia for center
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Bow tie with separate tails on ribbon lined alligator clip

  • 4″ for bow tie and 2″ for tails, sewn on separately
  • 4 1/2″ of 3/8″ royal blue for ribbon lined clip
  • 4″ of 3/8″ royal blue for center knot