I love using ribbon for crafts. One of my favorite projects is to use them to make Christmas ornaments.
Here are instructions on how to make a Christmas Cracker Ornament. Occasionally I sell a kit for this through eBay. Those kits have black and white instructions – here are the color pictures.
Note: THIS IS FOR DECORATION ONLY. It’s not a real Christmas Cracker. There is no prize inside and it will not “pop” if you pull it.
What is included in the kit:
- 6 – 12″ ribbons (long)
- 1 – 8″ ribbon (short)
- 2 – 8″ curling ribbon
- 2 – 14″ narrow ribbon
- 1 decoration
- 1 plastic spool
- 1 set of instructions
What you will need:
- A hot glue gun
- A small wooden stick (Popsicle sticks work well)
- Fabric paint, glue or other method to seal the ends of the ribbon
- Ornament hook
Find the center of each long strip of ribbon.
Line it up with the center of the spool.
Use the hot glue gun to make a line of glue down the spool.
Press the glued edge of the ribbon with the wooden stick. Repeat on the other side so that the ribbon is secure.
Make another line of glue on one edge of the first ribbon. Take the second ribbon and slightly overlap it on the first ribbon, and press in with the wooden stick. Don’t worry about any spill over; it will be covered up later.
Repeat this process all the way around the spool. Depending on how much you overlap the ribbons, you may end up with one extra strip.
Take the short strip of ribbon. Make a small line of glue on one end.
Carefully fold it over about 1/8″ with the wooden stick. This is the finished edge of the center band.
Take the ribbon covered spool, decide where you want the back of the ornament. This is the starting point for the next step.
Wrap the short ribbon around the spool. Adjust it until the seam lines up in the back.
Make a glue line under the unfinished side of the ribbon. Press down with the wooden stick.
Wrap the ribbon around and attach with a glue line. PRESS GENTLY, This seam will be visible on the back of the ornament.
Gather the ribbon on the edges and squeeze together.
Using the curling ribbon, tie each end tight, scrunching the ribbons together. You can add a dab of glue to the knots to keep them from unraveling. Trim the ends of the string.
Place the ornament face up and tie the 14″ narrow ribbon around the string. Tie a bow. Repeat on the other end.
Trim the ends of the long strips in a diagonal line. Use the fabric paint to seal the ends to keep them from fraying.
Separate out the ends into a fan shape.
Using the glue gun, add the decoration.
Insert the hook into the top ribbon, in the back.