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Craft Friday: Sekhmet Ribbon Garland

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I know this is late for most people, but since I’m starting Tekh over the weekend I thought this was a perfect time to share this craft. I find it really hard to make crafts for this particular holiday as it is, though. It’s a pretty straightforward about its purposes and it’s hard to work with that at times. In spite of the challenge I decided a garland would be a nice holiday project.  It also gives you a rare glimpse at my shrine.

I didn’t have enough ribbon to do what I wanted this to do, but I had enough to decorate my shrine. Also I couldn’t find bow wire, and the floral wire I found clashes with the ribbon. I ended up using beading wire instead. If you have any tips for this or recommend a place to get gold bow wire – I’ll even take red – tell me so in the comments.

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WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • gold ribbon, 5/16 inches (about 3 feet long)
  • red ribbon, 5/8 inches (about 3 feet long)
  • red ribbon, 1/8 inches (about 3 feet long)
  • additional red ribbon for bows
  • scissors
  • Sekhmet (or a lioness) stamp
  • red ink stamp pad
  • decoupage sealant
  • 18 gauge gold beading wire
  • sand-colored cardstock
  • dowel rod, 1/4 inch
  • jewelery wire cutters
  • needlenose pliers

1.  Tie the  3 feet long ribbons together.

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2.  Grab one ribbon and wrap it around the other ribbons. This should give it a shape like the number 4.

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3.  When tightening the ribbon to make a knot place the dowel rod in between the knots. Make a square knot around the dowel rod. TIP: This may require cradling the dowel rod while making the knot.

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4.  Make a second square knot around the dowel rod. Move the ribbon to the far left.

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5.  Repeat with the other ribbons. Tie a square knot at the other end. This will serve as a cord.

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6.  With the remaining 5/8 red ribbon make bows. I made bows from 1 feet (the larger ones) and 6 inches (the smaller ones) of ribbon. I won’t however, use all of the bows. TIP: If the bows are hard to make tie a bow on a bamboo skewer, then pull off and tighten the knot.

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7.  Cut about an inch or two of the beading wire. Thread the wire through one of the loops and through the knot of a bow. Wrap the loose ends with the needlenose pliers and tuck.

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8.  Repeat with the large bows.

9.  Stamp the cardstock with the Sekhmet stamp. Cut and trim. TIP: Save any leftover pieces stamped. It will come in handy if you mess up in the following steps.

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10.  Punch a small hole in the cardstock. Thread the bow with beading wire as in step 7, followed by threading the cardstock. Use the needlenose pliers to tie it.

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11.  Repeat with the second small ribbon.

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I kept my garland fairly simple, but feel free to elaborate on it. I’d love to see any variations of this in the comment section.

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