Creative LMent

I believe that creativity is a powerful skill that can be practiced and developed. I hope my blog inspires you to find your very own "creative lment". ~LM

DIY Light and Easy Ribbon Board

Ribbon Board Project - Completed!

No creative space is complete without a source of inspiration ~ a place to set your eyes and dream.  No matter how small, most everyone who has a dedicated craft space or office can find enough room on a wall (or in my case, the back of a door) to place a cork or ribbon board for this purpose.  Ribbon boards allow you to display items like article clippings, photos and cards without damaging them; all you have to do is tuck the items behind the ribbon crisscrosses.  No more thumb tack holes! Rather that go buy a pricing one at the department store, I decided that it was time to create something all my own.  Here is a list of everything I used to complete this fun and useful project:

Materials

  • Fabric, approximately 35″ x 25″
  • Foam Core Board (Dollar Store), standard size is 30″ x 20″
  • Cotton Batting (Optional)
  • Iron and Ironing Board (Optional)
  • Ribbon, 3/8″ White Grosgrain, 1 Full Spool (approx. 9m)
  • Glue Gun w/Glue Sticks
  • Scissors (to cut fabric and batting)
  • 20 Buttons (plus sewing needle and thread) or 20 long Brads
  • Piercing Tool
  • Long Ruler or Tape Measure
  • Seam Stress Needles


Step 1: Preheat your glue gun (you’ll be using it in a few minutes).  Roll out your cotton batting (if you have decided to use some).  While the batting will give your final project a nice plush look – it is not required.  Place your foam board over top and begin to cut the batting, leaving about 4-5″ extra all the way around.  I found the batting to be difficult to cut with my everyday scissors, so if you have scissors that you only use to cut fabric, I would recommend using them.   Then, take the edges of the batting and fold them in on to the foam board.  Wrap and glue the edges using your handy glue gun.  TIP:  To make the corners lie more flat, cut out the corners out of the batting.

Step 2: Take your fabric and iron it to remove any wrinkles (if required).  Place it under the foam board, front side of the project facing down.  Now, cut the fabric, leaving 4-5″ extra all the way around.  Take the edges of the fabric and fold them in on to the foam board, over top of the batting layer (if batting was used).  Wrap and glue the edges just like in step 1.

Step 3:  Now flip over your foam core board (good side up) and place your ruler or measuring tape across the bottom (long side) of the board.  Pull out your ribbon and cut several stands to  so that you can begin placing them on your board.  Determine the length by placing it across your board (see picture), leaving a little extra on each end (as you will be gluing them down on the back of the board later). As you can see, when I put the ribbon on the diagonal I want, I still had plenty of room on each end for this purpose.  Note where the 15″ mark is on your ruler – this represents the middle of the board.  To achieve the same amount of diagonal as I achieved on my project, take a strand of ribbon and place one end on the 15″ mark.  Then pick your ruler up and place it on the top long end of the foam board, note where the 5″ marker is, and place the top end of your ribbon strand there (see picture on right).  Pin the ribbon in place using your seam stress needles, sticking the needles into the side edge of the foam board.

Step 4:  Continue placing strands every 5″ to the left and right of your first so that it aligns with your first piece of ribbon.  Use the ruler and your pins to secure each piece where you want them placed.  Once you have completed this, start placing the ribbon strands in the opposing direction – which will create the crisscross effect.  Use the same technique to measure out the strands and distance them.  Be sure as you place the ribbons to weave them in and out in an opposing format so that you achieve a basket weave look in your final design.  Pin all the ribbon ends down as you line them up and make adjustments. Make sure your ribbons are taunt enough to hold things against the board.  This step look me the longest as I wanted everything to be perfect : )

Step 5: Flip your foam board over, good side down.  You will now use your glue gun to adhere each of the ribbon ends down to the board.  Once you are done, flip the board over (good side up) and remove the pins.

Step 6:   Take a  moment to admire the symmetry of your ribbon design – isn’t it pretty?  Just one last touch – buttons!   Buttons will be added at every ribbon criss cross.  If you have followed my dimensions, you will need 20 buttons in total.  To make things easier, you may decide to use a piercing tool to loosen the fibers of the ribbon, fabic and foam board – enough so that you can push your sewing needle through all the layers.  Alternately, brads can be used, provided they are long enough to secure on the back of your board.  Buttons or brads not only add a finishing touch to your project, but they will also secure your ribbon down, making it super easy to tuck light items into your new ribbon board.

This project was fun to make, took 1 hour and cost about $20.  I bought extra materials when I prepared for this project, since I plan to design a few other coordinating items for my craft nook.  Overall, a very worthwhile and useful project! ~LM

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