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How to Make a Ribbon Band for Any Mother’s Day Card

A ribbon band is an easy way to transform any ordinary greeting card into a spectacular presentation. Sometimes these bands are referred to as belly bands since the go around the center of the card. Add a ribbon band to any Mother’s Day card—whether handmade or purchased—for a instant pizzazz.Ribbon Band for Mother's Day Card

Here are the supplies that you’ll need:Supplies for Ribbon Band

  • 40″ length ¼” satin ribbon
  • 15″ length 6″ tulle
  • 1½” wide ribbon for band (length will depend on card size)
  • 18″ length Bowdabra bow wire
  • Mini Bowdabra
  • Hot glue
  • Double-sided tape
  • Embellishment for center of bow
  • Greeting card

First, let’s make the bow:

  1. Cut ¼” ribbon to length and quickly passing the ends through a flame to seal them.
  2. Fold the bow wire in half and place it in the Mini Bowdabra. You can tuck the wire ends under the Mini Bowdabra so they are out of the way.Wire in Mini Bowdabra Silver
  3. Fold the tulle in half lengthwise, and scrunch into the Mini Bowdabra.Scrunch Tulle in Mini Bowdabra
  4. Add the satin ribbon and make a fold bow.Fold Over Bow
  5. Compress the tulle and ribbon with the Mini Bowdabra wand.Compress Ribbons with Wand
  6. With the tulle and ribbon still in the Mini Bowdabra, pass the ends of the bow wire through the loop, and tighten. Tie a secure knot  leaving the wire ends long.Pass Wire Ends through Loop
  7. Coil the wire ends around a skewer or small knitting needle. Carefully slide the coils from the skewer.Coil Wire Ends Around Skewer
  8. Hot glue the ends of the coiled wire to the center of the bow.Hot Glue Wire End to Center of Bow
  9. Hot glue an embellishment to the center of the bow, covering the wire ends.Hot Glue Embellishment to Center of Bow

Now, let’s make the ribbon band:

  1. Measure the width of the greeting card. Double that measurement and add at least 1½”. This is the length of the 1½” wide ribbon that you’ll need for the band.Measure Width of Card
  2. Overlap the ribbon ends and use double-sided tape to secure the ends of the ribbon band. You want the band to be snug around the card, but still loose enough to easily slide off the card.Use Double Sided Tape to Secure Ends of Ribbon Band Ribbon
  3. Hot glue the bow to the center front of the ribbon band.  Finished Ribbon Band
  4. Slide the ribbon band onto the greeting card, and it is ready for presentation!Greeting Card Ribbon Band (Instagram)

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