Looking for a fun way to utilize the extra ribbon you have lying around the house? This cute and creative ribbon windsock is easy to make. It could be hung outside or in a child’s room as a simple decoration.
Plus, you can get the kids involved with some of the step involved along the way.
- 6 inch embroidery hoop
- Decorative ribbon cut into 24 inch strips of varying widths
- Glue gun
- Clear nail polish
Getting and Using Ribbon Scraps
- Ribbon scraps work great for this project. Or, if you want to coordinate to a theme, ribbon can be purchased with a huge variety of characters. We used Angry Bird ribbon for my son’s room since that is his current favorite thing. The only rule when selecting ribbon is to not use wired ribbon because the ribbon has to be able to hang down.
- It really is hard to say how many 2 foot strips of ribbon you will need for this project since the ribbon will be in varying widths. I can say that the circumference of the embroidery ring is about 17 inches, so you will need that much ribbon to cover the ring. You will also need 4 extra strips to cover the ring and make the “hook” to hang it up with.
- Lay your ribbon out on a piece of wax paper and use clear nail polish to coat the end of each strip of ribbon. This will keep the ribbon strips from fraying and unraveling. (This step is perfect for kiddos. Most love to paint, and even though it's clear my daughter loved doing it. Plus, it's much safer than letting them get involved when the hot glue gun is in use.
- Once the nail polish is dry, you will use the hot glue gun to attach all the ribbon to the outside of the inner ring of the embroidery hoop. Got that? Inner ring…glued to the outside of it.
- Next, take the outer ring of the embroidery hoop and attach a strip of ribbon around the outside of it. Choose a ribbon that is thicker in width than the hoop since this is to hide the hoop and any frayed ribbon that may appear at the top of the ribbon. Plus, it gives the windsock a more polished look.
- Grab three of the ribbons and attach them on the outer ring of the embroidery hoop on the inside equidistant from each other. Yep…outer ring…glued to the inside.
- Now you’ve got the outer ring which has three ribbon strands and the outer ring that has many ribbon strands. You will need to put the two together so that the ribbons will hang in opposite directions. Tighten the embroidery hoop to keep the two rings together.
- Finally, take the three ribbon strands and tie them together in a knot. This is the hanging loop.
VOILA! Your ribbon windsock is ready to dangle in the breeze.
Kathy Hull (author) from Bloomington, Illinois on April 11, 2013:
Thanks ytsenhoh. My daughter and I loved doing it.
Cathy from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri on April 09, 2013:
This is a great idea to do with children on a Saturday sunny afternoon! Thank you. Very creative and imaginative. I really like this!