Ribbon Decorated Halloween Pumpkins

 As most of you know, Halloween is my absolute favorite time of the year! I love the thrills, the chills, the dressing up and of course the decorating! Here I have created the easiest way to embellish pumpkins. In this tutorial, I used foam pumpkins but you can also use real ones if you want a more realistic affect.

* As a design team member for Gwen Studios,
I am provided with product to work with each month.

To make the purple pumpkin, you will need the following:

Tuck and pin one end of the your black ribbon at the base of the pumpkin stem. Don't push the pin in all the way just yet. Wrap the ribbon around and repeat the tuck and pinning. 

Continue this process until at least 4 sides are wrapped.
 Place one end of the purple polka dot ribbon on top of the black ribbon, pull out the pin and tuck the end of the purple ribbon under itself as you re-push the pin firmly all the way into the pumpkin. 

Repeat this process, alternating to other ribbon colors and sizes until satisfied with the look. 

To keep your ribbon from sliding around, use some pins at the base and maybe on the sides. 

Finish with some colored rhinestones.
For some extra fun, I painted one of the pumpkins black and decorated it with some orange ribbon! Spooky!

Please visit the Designers Craft Connection for more Gwen Studios Halloween Ribbon idea's!


Back 2 School Ribbon Crafts!

 Lanyards and wristlets are the perfect hands free accessory for students, teachers and school staff. Customizing them with Gwen Studios ribbons helps to make them extra special and extra fun!

* As a design team member for Gwen Studios,
I am provided with product to work with each month.

To make the ribbon lanyard, you will need the following:

1. Cut 2 ribbons at 38" each.
2. Cut your heat n bond at 37" and if its not the same size as your ribbon, trim to fit.
The heat n bond comes with (shiny) adhesive side and a paper backing.
3. Place the heat n bond adhesive side down onto the back side of one of the ribbons, leaving 1" uncovered at the end.
4. Carefully run the iron over the ribbon. This will be HOT, so make sure you are using a heat proof surface. 
5. After you have ironed the whole length of the ribbon, carefully peel off the heat n bond paper backing. 
6. Lay the 2nd ribbon as shown and iron again to fuse the two together. 
7. Once cool, thread the ribbon through the key ring.
8. You should have a 1" space at the end of your ribbons. 
Fold this back and iron a piece of the heat n bond - face down as shown in #9. 

10. Peel off the backing and trim off any stray threads.  Then sandwich the other end of the lanyard between the open end and iron to fuse shut, making sure to iron the other side as well. 
Leave to cool before adding charms and other accessories. 

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To make the matching ribbon wristlet, consider using a coordinating piece of grosgrain ribbon as I did here with some orange. 

1. Cut 2 ribbons and 1 length of heat n bond at 12" each and fuse together.
 Fold slightly in half, leaving a 1" space at one end. Mark this space with a pen.
2. Cut a length of heat n bond and place as shown. Secure with the hot iron and remove the backing.
3. Bring up the end of the ribbon to just below the line. 
4. Carefully iron on just the 'left' side, fusing that small area in place. 
5. Slide the key fob ring in place. 
6. Fold the remaining end down and iron both sides to be sure it will not come undone.
Add some heat in bond to a small bit of ribbon and use to cover the exposed area.

That's it! So fun, right? 
Mix and match with your favorite Gwen Studios Ribbons and Trims!

Find your favorite Gwen Studios Ribbons at your local Walmart and online at Walmart.com!

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