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.
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
- 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.
2. Grab one ribbon and wrap it around the other ribbons. This should give it a shape like the number 4.
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.
4. Make a second square knot around the dowel rod. Move the ribbon to the far left.
5. Repeat with the other ribbons. Tie a square knot at the other end. This will serve as a cord.
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.
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.
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.
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.
11. Repeat with the second small ribbon.
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.