How to Decorate Jelly Jars with Ribbon

Written by ainsley patterson
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Homemade jams and jellies make delicious gifts for birthdays, anniversaries or other gift-giving holidays. You can decorate these jelly and jam jars in a variety of ways before you give them to their recipient, and one such way is with ribbon. You can choose from an almost endless variety of colours and prints when choosing your ribbon, making it easy to decorate jelly jars to suit any occasion.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 5 1/4-inch wooden dowels, 12 to 16 inches long
  • 5 spools of 3/8-inch grosgrain ribbon in coordinating colours
  • Scissors
  • 10 clothes pins
  • Cookie sheet

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  1. 1

    Preheat your oven to 135 degrees Celsius.

  2. 2

    Take one end of ribbon and secure it to one end of a wooden dowel with a clothes pin. Tightly wrap the ribbon around the wooden dowel until you reach the other end. Secure the ribbon to the other end of the wooden dowel with another clothes pin and trim the extra ribbon. Do this with all 5 wooden dowels and colours of ribbon.

  3. 3

    Place the ribbon-wrapped wooden dowels on a cookie sheet and place them in the oven. Bake them for 25 minutes. Pull the ribbon out of the oven and let cool on the stove top for about 10 minutes.

  4. 4

    Unclip all of the clothes pin and carefully unwrap all the ribbon from the wooden dowels. You should now have 5 lengths of ribbon that are spiral curled.

  5. 5

    Line up all of the lengths of ribbons and pinch them together in the centre. Bring the centre of the lengths of ribbon to the back of the jar and straighten the curl out of the ribbon as you wrap them around to the front of the jar and then tie them in a double knot in the front of the jar. You should now have ribbons tied around the top of the jar with a big poof of ribbon in the front of the jar.

Tips and warnings

  • You can hot glue buttons, patches or fake flowers onto the centre of the poof of ribbon to add a more decorative touch.

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