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Decorating With Ribbon

One of the reasons I love RIBBON, especially May Arts Ribbon, is that there are so many ways to use it; crafting, gifting and card making to name a few.  And then there’s decorating and accenting your home with ribbon. 

As an interior designer, I am constantly looking for stylish and unique ways to incorporate ribbon into my decor.  Not only does it challenge my creativity, but ribbon always makes my home look better. 

So, on that note, I’ve compiled several of my favorite RIBBON DECORATING IDEAS below, just to get you thinking about ribbon in a new way.


Ribbon Trimmed Vase—The sunny days of spring always prompt me to add fresh flowers to my home.  When I want to add a bit more flair to my floral arrangements, I pull out my ribbon and dress up a plain glass vase.

I cut lengths of May Arts WFF46 and BK46 ribbon to fit around the vase, and adhered it with double side tape (for easy removal). Add flowers and you’re done. 

Tip: This is also a great way to dress up a vase when you’re giving flowers as a gift.


Ribbon Edged Jewelry Board—I’ve had my necklaces hanging on a plain bulletin board for awhile now, and recently thought that the board needed a bit more style.  To create this simple embellishment, I took Glue Arts ribbon adhesive and ran it around the wood edge of my bulletin board.  I then trimmed each edge with May Arts WA10, stitched edge ribbon, and in no time, I got the added style I desired.

Tip:  For a fancier jewelry board, cris-cross ribbon, creating large X’s directly onto the cork.


Ribbon Trimmed Lamp Shade—Lamps are one of the most important elements of a room design and sometimes they need a little something-something to make them stand out.  I purchased this simple floor lamp with a white shade at Home Goods.  By trimming the upper and lower edge of the shade, it went from ordinary to outstanding. 

Double-sided tape was used to attach the stitched edge ribbon, WA10, to the shade.

Tip:  If you are working with a round shade, try covering the entire surface with bands of ribbon.  Use multiple colors of ribbon and alternate them to create a rainbow feel.


Custom Curtains—Want a quick and easy way to give plain curtain panels a bit of pizzazz?, try adding ribbon ties to each curtain ring or clip.  I used three different ribbons in each tie to give them more dimension.  The ribbon was cut into 14” strips, grouped together and tied around each curtain ring.  It’s as simple as it looks!

Ribbon used:

Solid White Sheer-SC01

Yellow Grosgrain with White Dot SD27

Black and White Check KBB10

Tip:  Sheer, satin and non-wire edged ribbon works best for this project.  You can also use a single strand of wider ribbon to get the same impact.


Fashionable Shoe Tags—Ok, it’s been said that I go a bit overboard with my closet organization.  But, a girl’s closet needs to be pretty and functional, right?

After deciding to place all my shoes in plastic shoe boxes and create photo labels for each, I decided the plain tags needed to stand out more.  That’s where my ribbon came in.

First I took digital photos of all my shoes, and printed the photos out on my computer. 

Next, I cut out each photo and glued it to a piece of decorative card stock, cut into a 4” x 3” rectangle.  Since the theme of my bedroom is black and white, I used black and white decorative paper as the background for each photo. 

Once the photo was glued down, I punched a hole on the left and right sides of the background paper, looped ribbon through each hole and cut a V into the ribbon end. 

Ribbon used:

344-39 1.5” Grosgrain Animal Print–Zebra

341-10 1.5” Satin Diamond Print—Black and White

WA10 1” Stitched Grosgrain—Black with White

I used Glue Arts adhesive squares to attach the photos to the shoe boxes. 

Don’t you think my shoe boxes are adorable?


Happy Hand Towels—Buying decorative hand-towels can be expensive, so making your own is a great way to save money when decorating your home.  It’s as simple as adding a band or two of ribbon along the bottom edge of a solid hand or wash cloth. 

On the white towel, I use XF27, Floral Felt ribbon in yellow.  And on the blue towel, I added two strips of 330-01, 1” Ric Rac in white.  Such an easy way to update the feel of your bathroom.


So, are you thinking about ribbon in a whole new way?  I hope so!

Happy Decorating!


Blog Post By: Shelly Dozier-Mckee

  1. Aviva

    I love the jewelry bulletin board, I am going to have to make one!! What are you using to hold the jewelry itself up, thumbtacks?

  2. Angi Rankin

    I love the lamp shade and the customized curtains. Super cute!!

  3. ellen s

    love this idea! gorgeous. I used some ribbon my towels in the bathroom, too!. I just tied them on a shelf for a decorative touch. Love that big ric rac

  4. Pam

    Love all the great ideas, the curtians are my Fav, what a wonderful idea… TFS

  5. Kristie Maynard

    Some great decorating ideas! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Charlene

    Lots of great ideas, Shelly…now about those shoes….will you do mine?

  7. Kathy P

    Wow….such cool ideas. Ribbon is becoming my new best friend!

  8. Andrea

    How fun Shelly!! I love pink and green together. I think you and I would get a long really well! It never ceases to amaze me what a little touch of ribbon can do to something. Do you have a far away picture of your curtains?


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