If your ribbon stash is anything like mine, I bet you already have all of the ribbon you need to DIY this Christmas Ribbon Pomander. Kathleen George went traditional with an assortment of green ribbons, and you can easily change this up to work with your favorite Christmas colors. Red and white? Yes, please! Minty green and pink? Of course! Frosty blue and silver, or maybe gold and white? Absolutely! And don’t stop with Christmas – you could even decorate a wedding with these Ribbon Pomanders.
To make a Ribbon Pomander, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 4” ball
- Ribbons, bright green or other color(s) of your choice:
- 1” green satin with polka dots, 10 yds.
- 1” solid green, 6 yds.
- 1” striped green, 6 yds.
- 1” bright green grosgrain, 3 yds.
- 1” lighter green grosgrain, 3 yds.
- ¾” sheer green, 9 yds.
- 1-1/2” wide, 1 yd., for hanger
- Silk holly stem
- Faux cardinal
- Thick, white craft glue
- Low-temp glue gun
- Tools needed: Scissors; wood skewer, knitting needle, or other pointed tool
To make a Ribbon Pomander:
1. Cut the ribbons into 5” lengths – except for the 1-1/2” wide ribbon. The wider ribbon is for the hanger.
2. Add the ribbons to the 4” ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam:
- Bring together the two ends of a ribbon length, forming a loop.
- Place a dab of glue on the foam ball, and place the ribbon ends on the glue.
- Push the ends into the foam ball using the pointed tool.
- Fluff the ribbon loop, if needed.
- Continue adding ribbons, inserting them about ½” – 5/8” apart. Alternate the different ribbon styles as you go.
- Optional: Insert a chopstick into the foam ball and use it as a handle while you add the ribbons.
3. Knot together the ends of the 1-1/2” ribbon. Add a dab of glue to the ball, and insert the knot deep into the ball.
4. Glue a spring of holly to the top of the ball near the hanger. Glue the cardinal to the holly.
Here are a few more ideas for this Ribbon Pomander. Don’t you think it would be pretty to hang a glittering snowflake or sparkling glass ornament from the bottom of the Pomander? Or, you could insert a dowel rod in the bottom and place this in a pot to create a lavish Christmas Ribbon Topiary. Hmm . . . Do you have any other ideas?
Don’t put your ribbons away yet – here’s a sneak peek from later this week . . . more luscious ribbon crafting!