Thursday, 8 May 2014

Fantastic Ribbons Review

When the people from approached me and asked me to choose 2 items from their website to review, I was like a kid in a toy shop. I didn't know what to choose, there is such a wide and varied range on the website, but I settled for some blue gingham, as I thought that with Tilly going to school in September, I could make some hair accessories for her. my second item was candy buttons, I have always wanted to do a craft with buttons, so I thought that I would give it a go.

Fantastic ribbons have over a decade of experience in ribbon and are passionate about their products. They are a British company and They offer free P&P on orders over £20 and at the moment buttons are on a BOGOF offer. You can also find Fantastic Ribbons on Twitter and Facebook, their phone number is 0844 800 9120. Alternately you can find their button on the side of this post and if you click, it will take you straight to the website. I had loads of fun doing these projects, and I actually found it therapeutic.

Hair clips

I have never really worked with ribbon before, let alone make hair accessories. With the blue ribbon I made some hair clips, they were simple to make and with the Ribbon coming on a reel, and it being a very good quality - it made it very easy to make. The reels come in 5m lengths, and this is plenty for making a few different things. The clips we made, didn't even even use a metre of ribbon. They are personal to Tilly and I feel so pleased to have made the bits myself for when she starts school.

This is what you need.

  • Take one length of ribbon and glue it together like this. Making sure the glue is in the centre of the ribbon
  • when this is dry, take a second piece of ribbon placing it at a 45 degree angle. and glue it the same way, this time also make sure you place it in the centre
  • Repeat the step twice more, keep adding ribbon to the flower until you have used all 4 pieces. It should look like this.
  • Once it is dry, it does look a bit messy, but don't worry.
  • Turn the flower upside down and add some glue to it (in the centre), then place the hair clip to it
  • leave to dry for a couple of minutes and then get the gems and glue them to top of the gingham flower, this makes it look pretty. 
  • Once the glue is dried, simply pop it in your hair

A gingham version hair band

I also made this hair band, but tilly uses it as a bracelet

Funky top

With the packet of buttons, I decided to make Tilly a unique top. So I bought her a lovely red top from Asda and I simply sewed the buttons on. there was no pattern to it, there was no planning to it, except for getting the equipment ready and it's amazing what you can come up with off the top of your head. A plain read top is now a jazzy, funky top that I am sure will get plenty of wear.

What you need is

Cotton matching the top
A selection of buttons
A child's top

A ribbon picture frame

With a little bit of ribbon and some scissors, we transformed a cardboard box into a pretty picture frame

What you need

An empty cardboard box or carton
a length of ribbon
4 buttons
A photograph

  • Glue all over the first piece of card and ad the picture to it
  • Then add glue to the frame top of the card and set it on top of the photo, this is the start of your frame
  • Glue the top of the frame and take some of the ribbons we received from and lay it over the frame, covering the cardboard
  • Make sure you tuck the ribbon behind the whole frame and glue it down to secure it
  • once all the front of the frame is covered, decorate the corners, we used some of the Candy Buttons we were sent and it looks so good.
This is ideal for two BFF's

A button hair grip

This is a great way to use up any odd buttons you have. I bought 350 hair grips from Poundland and Tilly chose her colours and actually designed the hair grips herself

What you need

Hair grips
odd buttons

All you need to do is get 2 different size buttons and glue one on top of the other.
Next, you will put some glue on the hair grip and add the button to it.
It's as simple as that

A button Bracelet

This is the type of thing you could pay alot of money for in the craft sales or craft shops, yet it is so easy to make and it can be made to how you like it too

What you need

A selection of buttons
Shearing elastic/necklace elastic

Simply thread the buttons onto the elastic and make it as long as you like, I suppose its the old pasta bracelet idea that we used to make as kids, only this is more fun and definitely more funky

Thankyou very much for the opportunity to do this

No comments:

Post a Comment

Ways To Keep Your House Warm In Winter

Winters can be harsh, but we are lucky here in the UK because this year its been quite a mild one so far. Last year we had the Beast From Th...