A Few of My Favorite May Arts Projects....And A Tutorial!

Hi everyone!  It's that time for me to gear up and try to see if I can stay on the May Arts team for another term.  I seriously love this company and the people who run it behind the scenes.  If you are interested, you can check out the deets here.

Now on to the business at hand.  Here are some of my favorite projects I've made while on this team.

First up is a wreath I made using burlap and some of the other textured and patterned ribbons available from May Arts.  This wreath was made for the Craft & Hobby Association trade show in Anaheim this past January.  Each of the flowers are hand made with the exception of the Prima flowers in the centers.

Next up is a set of candles I made for my dearest friend, Liz.  I bought some plain white candles then stained them using some alcohol ink.  Once the ink dried, I applied some Mod Podge to the lower halves and rolled them in a chunky clear glitter.  To seal in the ink, I sprayed an acrylic sealer onto the candle.  To dress them up, of course I used some May Arts ribbon.

Please note that because of the plastic glitter and the acrylic sealer, these candles are not burnable.  If you want to burn the candles, just leave off the glitter and the sealer.

Finally, I have a HUGE tutorial for you.  By "huge", I mean it's a long one.  When you hear "ribbon", what is one of the first things you think of?  I think of cute hair bows.  But see, I have a problem.  I cannot tie a "pretty bow" to save my life!  I am what I like to call "bow challenged".  With that said, I came across an amazing tutorial that didn't require any actual tying!  SCORE!

Here's what you will need.
  • 31 inches of your favorite ribbon.  (I used May Arts' 1.5" wide black and ivory grosgrain, RG10)
  • 5 inches of the same ribbon (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Decorative embellishment (optional)
  • Large clasp barrette
  • Marker
  • Needle and thread
  • Hot glue gun

Step 1:

Mark your ribbon at 3.5" from the end using a marker.  It is easier if you use a marker that bleeds through to the other side.  There is no need to worry about seeing the marks as these are only your stitch lines, which you will see later.

Step 2:

Begin marking your ribbon every 6 inches.  You will end up with a total of 5 markings on your ribbon.

Step 3:

Begin stitching using a running stitch.  Start with your first marking you made and stitch from the bottom up.

Step 4:

Flip the ribbon over so that the other end is going the other way and continue stitching.  You should be looking at the backside of your ribbon.  I used a ribbon that has matching front and back so it is hard to tell.

Step 5:

Continue stitching back and forth until you have stitched together all of your marked lines.

Step 6:

Gently pull the thread and bunch the ribbon down at the knot.  Shape your bow the best you can.  See?  You can't see any of the markings you've made.

Step 7:

Next, wrap the thread around the gathering and take a few stitches to hold the bow in place. 

Step 8:

Glue the bow to the barrette clasp.

Step 9:

Take the 5" length of ribbon and fold it into thirds lengthwise.

If you have decided to use an embellishment, now is the time to glue it onto your bow and call it finished.

Step 10:

Tie a loose knot at the center of the ribbon then glue it to the bow.

Here's what it looks like attached.

Step 11:

Secure the ends onto the underside of the barrette using hot glue and trim the tails.  Finally, sit back and admire!  Ooooh!  Aaaaah!

See?!  I told you they would be easy as pie.