Tuesday, May 25, 2010

To Bow or Not

This is the final project in the Sizzix Scoreboard Dies blog hop series. This die is used to cut pieces to make a bow........ hmmm. I seem to remember making all kinds of things with pieces just like these and none of them was a bow. So here is my project. As usual it's quick and easy to make and most important of all - fun!

1. I covered a wooden spool with ribbon. There is a button die cut so I threaded green floss thru the holes, tied a bow at the front then glued it to the front of the spool with a glue dot.

2. I glued a punched flower on top of the spool, but it's not really necessary.

3. I glued a 1/8" dowel in the hole in the spool then covered each of the "ribbon" pieces with paper ribbon. You could cut these from patterned cardstock, of course, but we had white pieces to work with, so I decorated mine with self adhesive paper ribbon - quick & easy is the mantra for my projects.

4. Cut seven, 3/4" pieces of a green drinking straw then place one onto the dowel. These are used as "spacers". Stack the 6 large strips together with the holes at the end aligned then place over the end of the dowel. Add a piece of straw, then starting with the bottom strip, place the opposite end of each strip over the end of the dowel. Push down against the top of the straw piece. Carefully push all the loops down the dowel until they rest on top of the first straw spacer. Separate and arrange the loops evenly as shown. Repeat with the other strips and straw spacers.

5. Cut the dowel about 1/2" above the top of the last piece of straw. Fold a piece of ribbon into a small bow, secure with a small button die cut and embroidery floss, then glue to the top of the dowel. You could also put a star here, or even a butterfly.

For even more inspiration, check out all the blogs listed in the sidebar to see what other designers have created with their "ribbon die cuts". Enjoy!

Yours truly,
Julie :)


  1. I love this!!!! What a terrific take on that bow die!

  2. Julie, what a cool little tree! It would make a great individual place card or favor. Thanks for thinking outside the box and for coming along on the hops!

  3. oh my goodness, how cute is this! Love this idea, cute and chic all at once.

  4. What a fun way to use this die! Love you project....

  5. very cute. Love the colors.

  6. I love this! I can so see these for Christmas! What a great idea!

  7. This is just adorable! So pretty!

  8. Those would make darling Christmas tree centerpieces. Very clever!

  9. Hi Jules,
    I love this, it's too cute.
    What a fun creative use of a spool!
    Terri Ott ~ aka Eye-Lets Etc., Inc.

  10. Hi Jules,
    I love this, so creative. The spool is awesome.
    Great job!
    Terri Ott

  11. very cute idea...would be perfect for the holidays!