Category: Crafty Ideas

Nov 24

Gold “Christmas” ribbons

Aside from collecting papers, I also like ribbons—all kinds of ribbons!

I bought this gold ribbon from JR Fabric in New Farmers Plaza for the simple reason that I thought it looked pretty and I might eventually find some use for it. I was buying silver ribbons at that time for the home-made invitations my sister and I were making for my wedding, but the gold one just looked so pretty.

gold lacey ribbons

I’ve actually already made use of this gold ribbon already: prettying up gifts to friends and relatives, as well as decorating our home for Christmas.

A roll costs about Php250 (that’s about US$6) last year when I bought it. It might be cheaper in Divisoria though, but I haven’t really looked there yet.

If you’d like to know where I got my ribbons, here’s the contact info of the shop where I bought it:

JR Fabric
New Farmers Plaza Upper Ground Level
Araneta Center
Cubao, Quezon City
Tel. 911-1411

Jun 25

Personalized ribbons

Here’s a cool way to spice up your wedding stuff:

personalized satin ribbons

I used these personalized ribbons for a previous wedding invitations client. You can have them made in Divisoria (sorry, I already forgot the name of the store) at around $6 per roll. The price varies depending on the type and size of ribbon that you want.

Thing is, you’ll have to get at least five rolls since they’ll be custom-made. Well, you can always use the ribbons for decorating gifts if you can’t use all five rolls right? 😉

Apr 25

Making “golden” scroll sticks

You only need three things to do this: gold brass spray paint, wooden rounded sticks, and old newspapers.

Gold-sprayed wooden rounded sticks

Rounded sticks usually come in its natural color. You can get them already golden, but of course, it’ll be more expensive (besides, I don’t know where to get those! hehe). If you’re going to need to make a lot of gold scroll sticks—like you’re going to use them for scroll invitations or scroll calendar give-aways—it’s best that you get the plain wooden ones and just paint them yourself. The little difference that a peso makes can lower the cost of production significantly. So again, yeah. You can get natural rounded sticks in Divisoria as well (at Julie T. Go Native Store at 793 Illaya Street in Binondo, Manila, to be more specific). But if you’re going to make only a few, you might be better off getting the more expensive, already-golden wooden rods.

The process is simple, and a bit self-explanatory. Spread out old newspapers outdoors (in your garden perhaps) on a bench, lay out the sticks with the edges hanging a bit, then spray on the paint. Let them dry for a bit and then spray on the other edge. You don’t necessarily have to coat the entire stick with paint unless the invitation or calendar design you’ll make needs the golden sticks to show.

Simple? Try it then! 🙂