This is a really simple DIY and after you’ve made one, you’ll easily be able to do it again and again. They may become addicting. Here’s one of a few that I made. It and the others will be up for sale soon!
Things you’ll need:
- blank ring
- scissors or rotary cutter
- E6000 glue or glue gun
- an embellishment of your choice
- possibly needle & thread
Measure and cut nine inches of ribbon. You may choose to use a larger strip if you want a bigger bow, but I wouldn’t go any smaller than this as it can be more difficult to tie depending on width of your ribbon. My ribbon is a little under an inch wide.
Make two loops with your ribbon like you’re about to tie shoe laces. Take the blank ring and slide it down one of the loops.
Now take that same loop and wrap it around the other, tying the bow directly onto the ring. Don’t go through the ring again…you only had to do that once.
Now your ring should look something like this.
If you like the ring just like this and want to keep it that way, then you’re done here! But if you want to make it fancy, you can add a nice embellishment like I did.
The first thing I did was stitch the bow to keep it from coming undone in the future. I went through only the top of the bow, catching as many layers as I could (I couldn’t get the bottom later that touches the top of the ring). Just pull the needle straight through the center of the bow a few times. Then secure the thread from coming loose.
To secure the thread (tacking I believe it’s called…I could be wrong on that), here are some step-by-step photos. First, pull the needle under all the thread like shown below (this is the top of the bow).
Then take the thread that’s just hanging around on your needle, and wrap it around the pointy end of the needle twice. I’m not sure if I explained that well, so I hope the photos helps.
Now hold that wrapped down, right with the stitching, and pull the needle through. Make sure you pull nice and tight so the knot is formed.
Because I couldn’t catch the last layer of the bow (the piece I’m holding below), to keep the tail from sliding, I applied clear nail polish where it and the center part meet. I also squeezed some between the two parts, where they touch, and held it there for a bit.
Now grab your embellishment and glue it onto the center of the bow with E6000 glue (if you have it) or a glue gun. And tada! You’ve got yourself a handmade ring! Enjoy!
You can also do this DIY for a necklace. Just exchange the ring for a chain and and cut a larger length of ribbon (maybe even use ribbon that’s about two inches wide) you’ve got a cute bow necklace.
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