Grosgrain is durable, versatile, and useful for just about any craft project!
One of the questions we get all the time is, “what is grosgrain ribbon used for?” Our answer is simple: you can use it for almost anything!
If you don’t already know, grosgrain is a heavy-duty ribbon, easily recognizable by the distinct ribs that run across its surface. Most grosgrain ribbons are made from silk or nylon, though historically they have been made from wool, mohair, silk or some combination of the three. The stiffness of the fabric means that grosgrain is functional as well as beautiful, and it’s used for everything from watch bands, to book-binding, to bows, collars, and more!
If you haven’t used grosgrain ribbon before, give it a try! Its durability and style is unparalleled. Given the broad range of sizes, colors, and styles available, grosgrain ribbon is sure to be an inspiration for your next craft project. Take a look through our high-quality grosgrain ribbon selection to find the ribbon that’s right for you!
Back to School MUST HAVE: How to make Stretchy Bookmarks
These super easy DIY Ribbon Bookmarks are the perfect back to school craft for kids, teens, and adults to make for quick presents, playdate projects, or teacher gifts. They can be made in less than 10 minutes, and you don’t even need a sewing machine! You can now quickly turn to the saved page in your book with style. Follow these simple step-by-step instructions:
Ribbon- approximately 12″ – 20″, depending on the length you want to make your bookmark. Books come in all different sizes and thicknesses – make a lot of bookmarks, various sizes. **This length also depends on the stretchiness of your rubber bands.**
Buttons- make sure the buttons are flat, so that your book will close with the bookmark inside
Rubber bands- you can use regular rubber bands, or hair elastics
“Finish” one end of the ribbon by singeing it with a match or lighter OR rub a little glue on it and let it dry. Either way, the end should be sealed so it won’t fray.
Sew the button on the finished end. If you want to hide the knot, push the needle through the FRONT (right) side of the ribbon and set the button on top of the knot. Then, just stitch through the holes.
Wrap the ribbon/button around a book, then place the rubber band AROUND the button, pull it slightly, and figure out where you need it to attach to the OTHER (unfinished) end of the ribbon.
Cut the ribbon to the appropriate length, then “finish” that end (see step 1), and fold it over the rubber band. Stitch.
That’s it! This is a fun craft that is sure to get your kids back in the school spirit!
As August is rapidly approaching, it’s time to get back into a routine of packing lunchboxes everyday. Sometimes when it comes to packing lunches, we feel like we’re packing the same thing day after day. That gets boring, fast. We strongly feel that it’s important to pack healthy lunches because kids will learn better when their tummies are full from a balanced meal!
We’ve done some brainstorming to create five days worth of healthy lunches to get your school year kicked off in the right way!
July is the perfect month to set off on a getaway. After all, there’s nothing better than ending summer with a fabulous vacation. That’s why we decided to compile a list of destinations to end your summer in the right way!
We rounded up the dreamiest destinations no matter what kind of trip you’re planning! Take a look at our favorite destinations to visit, along with travel tips and recommendations of there to stay!
1. Highlands, North Carolina
A visit to the Highlands is an unforgettable experience that will have you fantasizing all year about going back. July is a great time to visit as the elevation creates fall like weather which is something we all miss. There are copious amounts of hiking trails and views to be discovered. Once in the Highlands, plan on staying at the lush Old Edwards Inn and Spa where you can either spend your days by the pool or indulging in farm fresh local cuisine.
Fiji is one of those magical places that is amazing to visit all year round, but July is one of the best months to do so thanks to the ideal weather and countless activity options. If you’re looking for a romantic getaway, stay at the Royal Davui Island Fiji Resort, an adults-only resort situated on the Beqa Lagoon. You can’t go wrong this summer with any of Fiji’s 333 islands and beaches.
3. Tuscany, Italy
Wrap up the summer with a trip to the art, wine, and pasta-filled region of Tuscany in Italy. Start your journey with a stay at Hotel Lungarno in Florence, with views overlooking the iconic Ponte Vecchio bridge. While in Florence, take advantage of the bustling art and culture scene—see Michelangelo’s David for yourself, and climb to the top of the Duomo for the most picturesque view of the city.
4. Napa Valley, California
Head to the Northern California wine region in July to take full advantage of warm daytime weather, cool nights, and slightly less crowds than you’d find during harvest season, which is August through October. For a romantic getaway in the area, stay at the luxurious Auberge du Soleil, which is set on 33 acres of olive and oak trees and is home to the Michelin Star awarded restaurant, The Restaurant at Auberge du Soleil. You really can’t go wrong with this vacation classic.
5. Auburn, Alabama
Voted “The South’s Best College Town” according to Southern Living, Auburn makes for a great place to hideaway for a long weekend this July before the students return. Once in town, head over to The Hotel at Auburn University for a centrally located stay walking distance from the downtown shops and restaurants. Hungry? Head over to the Acre Restaurant where their culinary team has reinterpreted the rich heritage of Alabama cuisine. Visit the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, Toomer’s Corner, or the Chewacla State Park for your fill of southern charm.
6. New York City, New York
While there’s no such thing as a bad time to visit New York, one could argue that the best time to visit is in July. Central Park is buzzing with activity and jaw-dropping sunsets can be enjoyed alongside rooftop cocktails. As for accommodations: The Surrey promises quintessential luxury uptown; downtown, The Bowery Hotel is a hip local favorite. The sheer variety of activities that the Big Apple has to offer is endless.
7. Rosemary Beach, Floria
While at Rosemary Beach, discover award-winning architecture, acres of pristine natural land and some of the area’s most highly rated restaurants. The breathtaking scenery and inviting atmosphere draw in beach lovers, art enthusiasts and foodies from around the world. Carefully planned and beautifully executed, Rosemary Beach’s signature look makes it stand out as one of South Walton’s most visually enticing neighborhoods. Check out some housing rentals online, or keep it simple by staying at The Pearl Hotel.
8. Amalfi Coast
Enjoy the rest of your sunny days in the Amalfi Coast. July is generally considered the height of peak season in the region, so the towns will be buzzing with activity. In the heart of Positano, book a room at the breathtaking Villa Franca, or forminimalist luxury, the whitewashed Casa Angelina in the cliffs of Praiano promises seclusion and sweeping views.
This Mediterranean island is warm and sunny all month long, with average temperatures in the high 70s meaning you can hike, laze on the beach, and explore local vineyards without breaking a sweat. If that sounds too good to be true, just wait until you take a deep breath: the intoxicating scent wafting throughout the area is a Corsica staple. It comes from Maquis, an aromatic shrub that covers half of the island, and locals will tell you the scent is even traceable from far out at sea. As for accommodations, we recommend the boutique hotel U Capu Biancu on Corsica’s south coast, which has an excellent cellar specializing in regional wine, sea-view suites and two private beaches.
10. Gobi Desert, Mongolia
For those in search of a decidedly unique travel experience, look no further than the desolate, breathtaking landscape of the Gobi. To capture the full Mongolian experience, stay in a ger (the traditional home of the nomads) and visit with a nomadic family to learn about their culture and heritage. Feeling adventurous? Head out to the Flaming Cliffs, one of the largest fossil sites in the world.
We hope you all have a wonderful end of your summer vacations! Be sure to comment your favorite summer vacation spot below!
As the Fourth of July festivities come to a close, we begin the challenge of cleaning up and returning to our daily routines. Even though your party is over, the one in your refrigerator probably isn’t! Check out these ways to repurpose your grilled leftovers in different ways this week. Here are four of our ideas:
After devouring the American classics like burgers and hotdogs, a good way to reuse leftovers is by turning them into unique dishes like tacos! You can take leftover hamburgers, crumble up the meat, add taco seasoning, and you have a delicious taco filling. Buy some taco shells or use the filling as a topping on a salad!
2. Hot Dogs!
Hot dogs for breakfast? Yes, you read that right. Leftover hotdogs or bratwursts make for great ingredients in omelettes. Chop up he hotdogs into small pieces and add them in with your other favorite toppings. This is an easy way to ramp up a normal breakfast by adding some good protein!
Grilled chicken is the easiest leftover to be repurposed. The options are limitless! By shredding the meat, it can be turned into copious amounts of chicken salad. Create your own flare by adding your preferred ingredients like fruit, celery, nuts, or mayonnaise to finish off your salad!
4. Barbecue Pork!
Typically the staple at any Fourth of July event, barbecue pork can also be reused as a pizza topping. Whether you are ambitious in making homemade pizza, or just want to flare up a frozen pizza sitting in your freezer, you can throw some leftover pork on top! This is a great way to keep that delicious barbecue from going bad while giving you a way to sneak some extra protein into your diet.
If you are hosting your own party, (because no one else will step up and do it) you may find out how pricey it can be! Especially a Fourth of July party!
Here are some ideas to make sure you have a fun time without emptying your wallet!
1. Make The Party A Potluck
I am SURE your guests are happy enough to get the invite, so they should be willing to bring a side dish or dessert!
This prevents you buying a bunch of food that people won’t eat!
2. Create a Slip and Slide!
Keep the kids entertained by creating a homemade slip and slide with just a tarp, soap, and a water hose!
3. Use What You Have!
Whether its a old corn hole set, the game of Twister that your kids have not touched in years, or just a beach ball, create your own fun with what you have! It is YOUR party, why should you spend hundreds of dollars for a one time thing??
From all of us at RABOM, we hope you have the BEST Fourth of July!
This summer has been PACKED with live-action remakes of classic Disney Movies such as Dumbo, Aladdin, and The Lion King!
With all of these movies, we can learn really important life lessons from the characters!
Not only is Dumbo the cutest, but he also knows the insecurities people feel in everyday life!
He was a lot different than the other elephants, and he got made fun of it for it.
Eventually, he gained his confidence in his own skin, and he was able to fly free (figuratively, AND literally!!)
Jasmin is a QUEEN who is TRYING to prove to everyone that she is an independent woman who don’t need no man! However, it is not until the end when all the men realize that she is a true queen and can rule the land WITHOUT a man by her side (even though she does end up with Aladdin, but he is just some eye candy)
Pumbaa is that funny, loyal, and confident friend that everyone needs in their life! He is the most confident despite all of his flaws, and he has made the best of friend because of it! (Simba and Timone)
After reading this, try to watch Disney movies while picking up what the characters bring to the table, and how they can impact your life and others around you!
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