Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Ribbon Quilling Comb Ornament

Welcome to our Wrapping Up the Holidays Link Party!  I'm thrilled to be joining a group of talented ladies for an awesome link party highlighting Christmas ideas ranging from Tree Trimmings, Gift Wraps & Cards, Recipes, Holiday Traditions and Family Activities!  
We thought it would be fun for all of us to share an extended link party celebrating all that's Christmas from November 15th to December 24th.

Handcrafting my Christmas décor is one of my favorite traditions this time of year and I'm so excited to be sharing with you how to make a ribbon quilling comb snowflake ornament.  You might know that quilling,  the coiling and shaping of narrow paper strips to create a design - has been around for many, many years and that beautiful paper quilling patterns and designs can be created with a quilling comb technique. But instead of using paper, I'm using ribbon to make an ornament.  And I'm also creating a "comb" out of cardboard and skewer sticks so that I can use a larger width ribbon and a simple quilling technique to make a lovely ribbon snowflake. A regular quilling comb just wouldn't work for this size.

Materials Needed:
Ribbon - 3/8" & 1/8" wide
Cardboard corrugated flap
Skewer sticks
Hot glue gun
Let's begin by making the quilling comb:

1.  Cut the closing flap off of a cardboard box making sure the corrugated openings are large enough for skewer sticks.
2.  Insert pointed ends of skewer sticks into every other corrugated hole or channel.  Press the flap with the pointed stick ends down on a flat surface so none will be protruding out.
3.  Continue inserting sticks until flap is filled and your handmade quilling comb is ready!

4.  Next, cut approximately 60 inches of ribbon for each snowflake "ray" (depending on size of flap and skewers). Insert ribbon in between the first and second stick or prong and place a dab of glue on the ribbon end to secure  around the first prong.  Gently move ribbon sideways and back to make sure it is not stuck to the wood. 
5.  Next, wrap a long loop around the tenth prong, down and around the first prong and apply a little bit of glue on the ribbon.
6.  Wrap a second loop around to the right on the eight prong, down and back around the first prong, applying a bit of glue to the back and front of the ribbon base.
7 & 8.  Next, wrap a loop on the eighth prong to the left of the first loop and back down to the first prong, securing the ribbon with a bit of glue on the front and back. 
9, 10, 11.  Continue decreasing the loop sizes on the prongs, adding a right loop and left loop, wrapping down and around, as before, adding glue to secure.
12. When finished looping, apply a bit of glue to the bottom of the looped ribbon to hold the shape, cut off excess ribbon and remove from comb.

Voila! What a pretty design for a snowflake ray!
Now make five more!
Then take a strip of 1/8 inch ribbon and thread it through the open bottom loops of each snowflake ray .  .  .
gathering into a circle.  Tie into a knot and make a loop for hanging.
Add an embellishment to front and back center and your adorable
Ribbon Quilling Ornament is ready for hanging on the tree!

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  1. Thanks so much for hosting!! I am glad to see that Christmas Linky parties are coming back this year and not just parties that only showcase a certain few homes and do not allow others to link up!! Kudos to you all!!

  2. That is so cute! I know I say it all the time but you are so talented!

  3. Gail, this is fabulous! Your talent for unique crafts always amazes me! Thanks for the great tutorial. I'm going to put this on my to try list! Pinning.

  4. Como siempre genial trabajo y muchas gracias por la explicación.

  5. That looks fairly easy to do. Several of those on a tree would looks so pretty! Thanks for sharing, Gail!

  6. Your ornament is beautiful, my friend. It will look lovely on the Christmas tree among the shining lights :)

    Hugs to you!

  7. Another wonderful project with great instruction. You never run out of fabulous ideas Gail.

  8. Beautiful ornament Gail! Thanks for the party! xoxo
    Vesna - https://vesna-kreativnostidrugesitnice.blogspot.rs/2016/11/christmas-cotton-pom-pom-garland.html

  9. This ornament looks so beautiful!! You did a wonderful job!!

  10. This is so pretty! Thanks for linking up with our Creative Spark party. I'll be featuring your ornament at this week's party, which kicks off at 6am EST tomorrow. I hope you'll stop by and link up with us again!

  11. Gail, thank you so much for sharing! I am bringing the supplies to make this beautiful ornament to our multi-age ornament day where we gather to make Christmas cookies and an ornament each year <3 Can you tell me if this would work with regular ribbon? Yours looks like it is fairly stiff so it holds it's shape? Maybe I should spray regular ribbon with starch? Either way, I know they will be gorgeous :)

  12. Gail,
    I wonder if you would not be able to use one of those hair picks with about 6 "quills" to make smaller snowflakes...You know the kind for teasing and making hair fuller.What a great craft! Thanks so much for sharing...again in July! LOL!


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