How to decorate with curling ribbon

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How to decorate with curling ribbon
Curling ribbon can add a festive air to any occasion. (Kathryn Bell/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Curling ribbon has been used for years as a part of gift wrapping. By placing the edge of a scissor against the strand of ribbon and pulling the ribbon evenly along the scissor's edge, the ribbon will develop a strong curling pattern. This curling pattern turns a flat ribbon into a bouncy curled ribbon, immediately adding energy to a package or anything it is attached to. Not only can curling ribbons form interesting shapes, they can be used in many ways as an overall ingredient in party decorations.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Curling ribbon
  • Tape
  • Small gift boxes
  • Tree form
  • Large branch
  • Spray paint
  • Plaster of Paris
  • Wrapped box
  • Stapler

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    Curling Ribbon Pom Poms

  1. 1

    Cut several strands of ribbon in your party's theme colour. Gather the ribbons together into large bundles.

  2. 2

    Measure 4 inches from the ribbon bundle's end. Wrap tape twice around the 4-inch mark. Wrap the tape in a spiral so that the tape overlaps all of the ribbons to their ends. Wrap your tape two to three times around the end until the ends are covered and the 'handle' feels secure.

  3. 3

    Hold the pom at the top of its handle and pinch a piece of ribbon securely between your fingers.

  4. 4

    Place the scissor's edge against the ribbon and pull it down the ribbon evenly to make a curl. Repeat this step for every piece of ribbon in the pom. These will make cheerleader-style pom-poms that can be given to each child as part of a game or entertainment.

    Party Favor Tree

  1. 1

    Take a small tree form, or a 2-foot-tall branch that looks like a tree, and spray paint the branch in your party colours.

  2. 2

    Wrap an 8-inch square cardboard box in gift paper with the lid open and the inside wrapped in a lining paper.

  3. 3

    Create a mix of plaster of Paris.

  4. 4

    Stand up your tree in the box and fill the bottom of the box with the plaster. Hold the tree for five minutes until the plaster hardens.

  5. 5

    Arrange streamers made from curled ribbon at the base of the tree.

  6. 6

    Place party favours in small gift boxes and decorate the boxes with curled ribbons.

  7. 7

    Tie a strand of ribbon into a loop and attach it to a gift box. Hang the box onto the tree. Do this for every gift box. Allow each guest to select a box from the tree at the end of the party

    Decorative Circle Designs

  1. 1

    Arrange pieces of curled ribbon in progressively larger and evenly spaced circles on a flat surface. Curling ribbon naturally forms circles.

  2. 2

    Pinch the ribbons to hold the created design in place.

  3. 3

    Staple the ribbons together. Use these shapes to decorate walls, a holiday tree or a table. Several ribbon shapes can be grouped together to create large, elegant ornaments.

Tips and warnings

  • Curling ribbon drapes well in long ringlets and can be used to decorate the backs of chairs, the stems of glasses and the bottoms of candlesticks.
  • Replace a balloon's string with a piece of curled ribbon.

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