DIY Monogrammed Ribbon

velvet ribbon bookmark

velvet ribbon bookmark

With my ribbon collection now organized, I’m on a hunt for creative projects that will help me use up my stash and, in turn, allow me to replenish it with new colours, textures and patterns.

This simple DIY project from Martha Stewart is a smart way to get custom ribbon for cheap. With the heat of an iron and rubber stamps, you can burnish words, monograms or pretty symbols into velvet ribbon (just don’t try this with satin, silk or polyester) – then use the personalized ribbon as a thoughtful addition to gifts. Here are a few ideas:

  • The next time you plan to gift a favourite read, pair it with a luxe, handmade bookmark made from wide ribbon imprinted with the recipient’s initials.
  • Give a framed photograph and create a ribbon matte (check out Martha Stewart’s how-to). Add the year or a special sentiment on the ribbon to complement the photo.
  • Skip the gift tag and add initials to the ribbon you’ll use to wrap a gift.
  • Create personalized ribbon to tie up wedding, shower or party favours.

Set of 5 Velvet Ribbons on Wooden Spools from Sundance
+ Monogrammed Velvet Ribbon Tutorial from Martha Stewart
+ Frame with Velvet Ribbon Matte Tutorial from Martha Stewart

  • Martini
    January 30, 2011 at 10:10

    Why didn’t I think of this? What a great idea! I have a whole host of journals that I can categorize and organize using pretty ribbons. Thanks.

  • Donna Atkinson
    January 31, 2011 at 12:07

    Thanks for sharing this Kim! I’ve used stamps on velvet yardage before but never on ribbons, fun. Love the idea of monograms…thinking about a great big initial on a velvet pillow…