how to: make award ribbons.

Alright! You asked for it...and here it is: a little Award Ribbon Tutorial. I'm certain this has been shared before, but I was plum out of luck when I tried searching for instructions this week. These instructions are for a 5 inch award ribbon, but you can play with the size of your paper to make badges of all sizes!

You will need:

Glue gun (not pictured, as it was plugged in and oozing fiery glue)
5 strips of paper, cut to 2 1/2" X 10" (this is variable depending on the size you're after!)
Double sided tape
Bits of cardboard

one : : : Accordion fold. Fold each strip accordion style, with your folds along the short (2 1/2" width) side. I usually place a fold every 3/4", but you can play with different widths. The point is that you keep your folds a consistent width apart!

two: : : Create one large, seamless accordion piece. Connect the five strips with double sided tape, placing the tape on  an "upward fold" and then connecting underneath the a "downward fold". In short, create a nonstop accordion fold using all five of your folded strips.

three: : : Make a circle. Fan out your accordion to create a near-circle. Then, replicate what you did in step two...placing tape on the upward fold, and attaching underneath the downward fold to close your circle. If the circle is a little too tight for your liking, cut and fold an extra piece of paper and add that in.

four: : : Secure your circle. Cut out any size circle from your cardboard. I just traced the nearest round thing...which was about 2". Then, hot glue the cardboard circle to the back of your badge. Turn it over and make sure that all the folds are well attached. If anything is lose, just sneak in and add some more hot glue.

five : : : Go crazy! The front of this bad boy is pretty much fair game. I created circles in word using this font, then just cut and pasted them to the front of the badge. I opted to forego adding a pin to the back, but that could easily be done. You can add ribbon, glitter...you name it. Or just handwrite something if you haven't got the time to get fancy. It's like a second grade art project. Go wild.

Ta-da! Hope you'll use and enjoy. :)


  1. these are so cute! thank you for sharing.

  2. You are coming up with the best ideas I tell you! I want to send my sister a back-to-school package but I'm half afraid you'll do one and completely show me up. ;) Haha! I take lessons from you!

    I loved the State Fair package that you sent Gabe. Super cute!

  3. Thank you so much! I will definitely be trying this out very soon. :)

  4. Bethany, I can already see it now, one day you're gonna be the kind of mom that helps her kids make the most adorable things... and the kind of grandma that pulls out boxes upon boxes of treasures that you gave your family.

  5. wooo! Thanks for doing this. I might make these as party favors for my birthday party this weekend (if I find a spare moment somewhere) and make nameplates out of them. You are such an inspiration for the crafter in me that I didn't really know existed until I entered the blogging world.

  6. These are adorable!

    To tell you the truth though, when I first read the title of this post I thought it said AWKWARD ribbons and it made me go "huh?" until I read it again... Haha

  7. looks like a fun project to try!


  8. I can not even tell you how excited I am to find this - I searched HIGH and LOW!!!! Thank you for posting what should be an easy thing to figure out - and yet is somehow difficult! xx


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