As the gift giving begins, out comes the spools upon spools of ribbon. It’s always fun to perfectly tie up a present, but we’ve got a use for the silky stuff that’s even better… put it in your hair! If you thought the days of ribbon wearing stopped once you graduated elementary school, you’re sorely mistaken, friend. The classy (not to mention cheap) hair accessory can spice up a whole bunch of hairstyles in a totally grown up kind of way. Whether you need something to wear to a holiday party or you’re just looking to spice up your daily ‘do, here are 12 ways to use ribbon in your hair (via BRIT + CO.)
1. Beautified Halo Braid: The halo braid is gorgeous on its own, but twist in a gold ribbon throughout the style and it’s sure to be a hit. This isn’t the easiest style to master, but once you get it down your braiding options are endless. (via Once Wed)
2. Ribbon Headband: Sure, you could just cut a long strand of ribbon and tie it around your head, but let’s be honest: ribbon slips easily and nobody wants to be fiddling with their hair all day. Here’s a secret tip to try to keep that ribbon in place: glue a strand of ribbon to a basic plastic headband for more support and simply tie it together at the bottom. (via Missy Sue)
3. Ribboned French Braid:Full disclosure: this tutorial is in Russian, but you’ll be able to pick up how they create this unique look just by watching. Plus, if you learn a little bit of Russian along the way, that never hurts. (via YouTube)
4. Mini Bow: Sleek, simple and totally timeless, this half-up, half-down ‘do gets a facelift with just a small piece of ribbon tied into a charming bow. (via Running on Happiness)
5. Bow Tied High Pony: If you want to take the previous hairstyle up a notch, upgrade from half up to fully up and a mini bow to a giant bow. If you try this look, make sure to keep the ribbon tails long and flowing for a whimsical touch. (via Glam Meets Glam)
6. Ballerina Bun: Leave it to our favorite gal Lauren Conrad to turn a basic bun into a showstopper. Gather up your hair and twist into a bun just like you normally would, then form a strand of ribbon into a bow and it pin to the side of the bun. (via The Beauty Department)
7. Lace Pony: Dress that tail up with a bit of lace to achieve this antique look. Keep it romantic with lace or swap it out for a sparkly ribbon if you’re in need of some extra holiday spirit. (via Bridal Musings)
8. Twisted Top Knot: This vlogger takes us through a whopping six different ways to use ribbon in your hair, but our favorite is the top knotted bun. She pretty much uses the same technique here as the side pony pictured above, except instead of keeping it down she twists and pins it up into a bun. (via YouTube)
9. Twisted Tale: If you’re into the braided crown but can’t quite get the hang of it, this side pony interweaves the ribbon similarly, but with a twist rather than a braid. Consider this a simplified or starter version of the wrap-around hairstyle. (via Refinery29)
10. Curled Ribbon: For a voluminous, tousled version of the classic, half-up, half-down look pictured above try this style that first curls the whole head, then turns the pulled up section into a fishtail. To help the ribbon blend in to this curled ‘do, simply curl the ribbon! (via Irrelephant)
11. Rainbow Fishtail: Transform a basic fishtail into a color explosion. This tutorial uses yarn in the braid, but this could easily be replaced with thin strands of ribbon for a shiny, fancier look. (via A Beautiful Mess)
12. Dutch Braided Headband: Take that ribbon headband one step further and actually braid it into the front of your head. If you have bangs that you don’t want to worry about, here’s a great way to get rid of them for the evening. (via Missy Sue)
Would you try any of these styles? Share a snap of how you wear ribbon in your hair with us! @ribbonandbowsohmy
Make a yarn ball! We’ve even included a PDF of the Yarn Ball Circle Template HERE if you want guidance for that too! It’s best to use sturdier/harder paper for the circle since you will be wrapping yarn around it! You will need about 145 inches/368 cm of yarn!
Cut a tiny notch at the top of your circle. Begin wrapping the yarn as shown to simulate how a real yarn ball is formed!
Then, use hot glue to firmly stick the yarn ball onto the card. Leave a tail of yarn and carefully glue that strand onto the card as well so it looks like the yarn is all ready to be used!
If you want to make the knitting version, grab two toothpicks and cut off the bottoms with a sharp pair of scissors.
Make a notch at the bottom of the toothpicks by rotating your scissors around them.
Put some fabric glue onto the top of the knitting needles and insert them into your pretty yarn ball!
For the crochet version, use some decorative wire to make a hook by bending one end with a pair of pliers. Place fabric glue on the bottom of the hook and insert it into the ball of yarn.
Aren’t these so modern and beautiful? They would make such special handmade cards for all the wool lovers in your life! It’s such a lovely way to use up the scrap yarn you have in your stash too. You can choose which phrase you want, what color yarn ball you want (like the recipient’s favourite color), and whether you want the knitting or crocheting version!
Commercials make it look so easy and peaceful, don’t they? Let’s be honest: it’s not always the stuff of commercials. What starts out as a wonderful holiday memory can leave kids bored and whiny, your floor covered in sprinkles, the kitchen a disaster area, and lots of frosting in your hair.
If you’re looking for a fun way—and easy way—to decorate cookies with kids this Christmas, We’ve got you covered. It only take a bit of prep work on your part the day before and you’ll be set up for a stress-free, mess-free (!) cookie decorating session.
We love this tutorial from The Pioneer Woman
The secret to this cookie decorating success? Food coloring pens!
First, start by making the cookies. Use whatever cut-out cookie recipe floats your boat.
The key is making the cookies and royal icing at least a day before decorating.
You’ll thin the royal icing with a bit of water, stirring gently as you go until, when you run a knife through the bowl of icing, the line disappears in about 20 seconds. Pour the icing into a squeeze bottle and cover the cooled cookies.
Note: If you want to ensure that your icing is the whitest of white, stir in some white food coloring.
Use a toothpick to guide the icing in place and to pop any large air bubbles. Don’t worry about perfection here. Let the icing dry uncovered for 6-8 hours or overnight. If making them a few days early, store in an airtight container between layers of waxed paper. The cookies can even be frozen and then thawed at room temperature.
Once the cookies are made and the icing is completely dry (we cannot stress this enough), grab your kiddos, break out the food coloring pens, and let them go to town!
Another bonus? Because you made the cookies and icing the day before, the only thing to clean up after decorating is the pens!
Here’s hoping your Christmas is filled with love … and cookies! 🍪❤️
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Learn how to make fake snow that is cold to the touch using just 2 ingredients you already have! Kids love playing with this DIY snow that feels SO real! We love this super COOL craft from Make Life Lovely!
It’s surprisingly easy to make snow at home that naturally feels cold when you touch it (without having to put it in the freezer), is really fun to play with, and is a cinch to make with just two simple ingredients.
Bonus: This fake snow smells really amazing too!
Here’s how you can make your own snow without having to deal with freezing cold weather. Your kiddos are going to love this!
How to Make Fake Snow
2 lb. box of baking soda
1 can shaving cream
Dish or container (to mix it all up in)
DIY Snow Directions:
Pour all of the 2 lb. box of baking soda into a plastic container with a lid.
Add some shaving cream, and knead it into the baking soda. Add more shaving cream, mix, and repeat, until the mixture is the consistency of snow.
The DIY fake snow become light and powdery, and will leave very little residue on your hands when fully mixed.
Takes about 10 minutes to mix it all in with your hands. Your kiddos will love to help mix!
We used one full can of shaving cream, plus a small amount of another can, but this will depend on the size of the can that you use.
Our shaving cream scent was called “Arctic Snow,” which was perfect for this project! I was going to add peppermint oil, but our DIY snow didn’t need it, since it already smelled amazingly brisk and cool due the shaving cream scent.
It was a nice surprise that our fake snow felt cold to the touch. I’m not sure why the mixture is cold, but it definitely makes it more realistic, and even more magical!
To add to the magic, we couldn’t resist adding Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Christoff, and Sven to our DIY fake snow. Your little ones will be playing peacefully together with the snow for HOURS! Always nice for any mama! 😉
Would you ever have believed that it was so easy to make fake snow? We truly hope you enjoyed this how to make snow tutorial. If you give it a try, be sure to leave a comment and let us know how it went
We love this simple, and yummy craft from The Decorated Cookie.
skewers or lollipop sticks
large gum drops
whole cloves or pretzel sticks
light corn syrup
NOTE: Feel free to use your creativity and any candy you find for the hat and nose! Use the larger marshmallows. Edible pens are available at craft stores, or you can find them online. Find skewers in the supermarket or drug store. If you can’t find candy corn, you can also tint fondant (found at the craft store) with orange food coloring to make the carrot nose. You can also substitute large chocolate sprinkles or pieces of black licorice lace for the cloves to make the snowman totally edible, or omit the arms altogether.
What To Do:
Skewer two marshmallows. Cut a large gum drop in half with a sharp knife and place on top of the marshmallows. Press skewer into gum drop to keep in place. Cut off the yellow bottom of a piece of candy corn and dab flat end in light corn syrup. Press onto the top marshmallow for the carrot nose. With a black edible pen, make dots for eyes and mouth. With any other color, make dots for buttons on the second marshmallow. Press cloves into sides for arms. (If you have difficulty getting cloves into the marshmallows, use a toothpick to make holes.) Let snowman rest on his back for a couple hours or overnight to let the nose dry.
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So, to make your gifting kit you’ll want to line your gift box with some pretty tissue paper and then divide each of your hardware parts (bail caps, jump rings, cone studs, and tassel) into a separate mini ziplock bag, so the recipient can see all the different parts easily. Add those bags into your box along with your glue, gold cord, and lip balm. Fold up the tissue paper, add your printed instructions on top, decorate your box with some ribbon or extra tassels and you’re ready to give your gift! Here’s what your kit will instruct the receiver to do once they have used their lip balm:
Take the super glue and glue as many cone studs as you would like all over your lip balm sphere.
Glue a bead bail directly on top and on the bottom of your balm.
Open your jump rings (should be easy to open large jump rings with just your fingers) and attach all three rings together, and then attach them to your tassel. Attach your tassel to the bottom bead bail.
Tie your gold cord to the top bead bail and your ornament is complete!
If you know a person that loves getting gifts and crafting too, then we think you may hit the jackpot with this gift idea this holiday season!
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Have a party and in-need of something easy and beautiful? Fear not. And head to Family Dollar. You can make a beautiful ornament chandelier from Satin, Satin-edged Sheer, Velvet, Tulle or any other luxurious ribbon that matches your Holiday Decor!
It’s a Candy Garland and you can remake this in any brightly-wrapped candy of your choice to suit your sweet tooth and decor 🙂 Absolutely adorable and festive and would make a great party favor, too. How cute would red, gold, and green Jolly Ranchers be? Pretty cute.