Introduction: Dancing Ribbon Rings

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With my niece's birthday (6 years old!) coming up, I was searching around for something to get her when I discovered these beauties: Dancing Ribbon Rings.

These would make awesome party favors for a little girl’s party! They’re quick and easy, and relatively inexpensive. They would also work great in Easter or May Day baskets, or make them red-white-and-blue for the 4th of July, or Christmas-them-up for stocking stuffers!

You can download a PDF of this tutorial on my website.

Step 1: Materials & Supplies

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The wooden curtain rings are from the hardware store--they are "finished"/painted (I found white, dark brown and light brown) and they have hardware screwed into them but it’s easy to remove. Metal curtain rings might also work, if you can remove the hardware and find them in a big enough size.

An easy (and cheaper) substitute would be shower curtain rings if you’d rather use plastic, and they come in a variety of colors. However they are designed to pop open, which may lead to pinched fingers, and they're kind of goofy shaped.

Materials Needed:
  • 1-3/8" wood clip rings; Measure approx. 2" inner and 2-3/4" outer diameters.
  • 3/8" poly satin ribbon: (3) 18-ft. spools per pair of rings for triple-colored ring sets.
  • a lighter, or matches and a candle
  • craft, fabric, or tacky glue (optional)

Step 2: Remove Hardware From Rings.

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Unscrew the eye hooks with clips from all the wooden rings.

Step 3: Measure and Cut Ribbons.

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Measure out and cut 4-ft. sections of ribbon; from 18-ft. spools you can get 4 pieces each (with a little left over).
  • To make triple-colored ring sets, you’ll need at least three(3) 18-ft. spools and it will make one pair of rings.*
  • To make 5-colored ring sets, you’ll need at least five(5) 18-ft. spools which will be enough to make two pairs of rings.*
* You could easily buy larger/longer spools of ribbon if you plan to make a lot of these; the amounts listed above are just minimums for making small sets.

Step 4: Knot Ribbons Onto Rings.

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Fold ribbon halfway through ring and knot; you’ll have approx. two feet of ribbon hanging from the ring. I’m not sure what the "technical" name is for the knot that I used, but it’s the same way you would tie a balloon closed.

If desired, you could use the optional glue to secure the knotted ribbons in place so they don't slide around on the ring.

Step 5: "Heat Seal" Ribbon Ends.

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Use a lighter (or lit candle) to finish the ends of the ribbons and prevent fraying. Quickly pass ribbon edge through flame, it doesn’t take much and you don’t want to scald the ribbon.

Step 6: Repeat, Repeat, Repeat!

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You could make a single or a matching set. There are thousands of color combinations! You could try with different sizes, textures and lengths of ribbon. The possibilities are endless!

Comments

BlackBarbie12345 (author)2014-04-12

PLESE SEND THIS TO ME THANKS

shreya81 (author)2011-04-06

I watn A cover Page Of Singing Book But Disigng plz make a blue cover page

naomi1431 (author)2010-10-22

These are beautiful? Approximately how much do you think that it costs to make them?

GeekyGirl1103 (author)2010-10-05

The photos are beautiful; they almost look professional. Very nice.

0jack (author)2010-10-04

Lovely. A great take-home for a little girl's (or boy's!) birthday party. I would consider adding bells to them for more fun. :) My daughter had a princess bday party and we made wands with bells and ribbons. Big hit. ...only of course it degenerated into "sword fighting". Four year olds, eh? These would have been better!

valhallas_end (author)2010-09-21

Very nice. I remember my old elementary school had these for some gym activities...but we used to launch them from make-shift elastic slingshots...

Which, I might add, would look great with the rainbow ribbons.

But this is a nice, simple job.

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