Picture of Custom Printed Ribbon Using a Typewriter
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As founders of the Letter Writers Alliance, we receive a lot of great stuff in the mail. Sometimes, that stuff is so great that we have to pick the brain of the sender, so that we can share their genius with the world. This tutorial is the idea of our member Lisa. She graciously shared her step-by-step and now, we're sharing it with you. Providing you have a typewriter and a little patience, it's a fairly easy and quick project.

Step 1: Gather Your Materials

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¼” width, light-colored satin ribbon
Card stock
Double-stick tape

Note: If you are using the ribbon to wrap a package, you might want to wrap the ribbon around the package and tie in bow to gauge how much you will need. You can also type directly from the roll of ribbon without pre-cutting it, but you may find that a little awkward. 
zani871 year ago
Wow, great idea!! :)
crowsfolly2 years ago
By first typing a line of text on the cardstock, you will then know where the exact keystrike will land. Then put the double stick tape over the typed line, the clear tape allows you to see the center of the type line, and you can line the ribbon up accordingly (on the first try) and avoid the need to remove-replace-remove-replace the ribbon. Brilliant idea! I love it.
donovanbeeson (author)  crowsfolly2 years ago
Great points!
MB-DK2 years ago
Cute idea...thanks for sharing. Would be fun to print the name of someone you're giving a gift to, and then use that ribbon on the packaging. No need for a card then (even though cards are great!) Good idea for multiple kids gifts, like birthdays or Christmas.
patchezzie2 years ago
Great idea ! definitely gonna try this
askjerry2 years ago
Very nice! Wish I still had my old typewriter.
pjaj2 years ago
Love this idea!
Thank you for sharing it :)
Zargon2 years ago
Sweet... indeed! I have a couple old, working, typewriters in my closet somewhere...
and of course there are decidedly way too few people writing letters at all these dayze.

I personally prefer long hand, fountain pen, authored letters both the send and receive.
But then again; I Make Custom Pens and have incredible handwriting. So; go figure!
sniffydogs2 years ago
nanaverm2 years ago
What's a "typewriter"? (j.k.) Great idea, and far simpler than what I had thought was necessary to do.
cp2332 years ago
This is so nice and simple which makes it brilliant! Ingenious.
cyberpigue2 years ago
Seems like maybe if the ribbon you are typing on was not wider than the typewriter ribbon, you might be able to "spool" them together and type right from one to the other. I wonder if you could run the inked ribbon in its correct guide and the "typed on" ribbon behind the guide against the paper roller. It might even leave you with a it of desirable smudging for a distressed or antiqued project. Just a thought for those who might want to experiment.
(Of course, what do I know, I can't even post a comment correctly... lol)
corvan2 years ago
Thanks for creating this Instructable, I am a fan of novel uses of materials. Does the ink on the ribbon smear when you are tying it on the package?
donovanbeeson (author)  corvan2 years ago
I haven't noticed it doing so. It might depend on the freshness of your ribbon though.
Wonderful! Thanks for sharing such a clever and creative project. Now...where to find a typewriter that doesn't cost a fortune :0(
poofrabbit2 years ago
What a neat idea! I have a friend I write to a lot, I'm going to have to search for my type writer!
Ahhhhhhh! So smart!

I love these and the encouragement to write more letters. I'm penpaling with a friend back home and it's been so nice. :D