Sunday, February 13, 2011

Tutorial: Ribbon Pinecone Ornament

Tutorial: Ribbon Pinecone Ornament

by contributor on October 9, 2007

in Holidays,Whip Up Tutorials

Ribbon Pinecone Ornament Tutorial by Jenna.

Ornaments for any occasion – try fall colors for Halloween or red and green for Christmas. A no sew project suitable for most age groups (young children might need supervision with pins though).

What you'll need:
* 3 yards of 7/8 inch wide ribbon (for points) (I used 1 yard each of 3 different shades of brown, 2 grosgrain ribbons and 1 sateen for variety).
* 20 or so inches of ¼ inch wide ribbon (for hanger)
* 3-inch foam egg
* 150-200 straight pins (preferably flat-headed, sometimes called sequin pins)


* Cut your ribbon into 1¾ inch long pieces. I used about 60 to make this pinecone, but you can cut pieces as you go along so that you don't waste ribbon.
* The small end of your egg will inevitably be exposed so pin one piece of ribbon to cover the end.
* To make each triangle point- Fold right and left corners down to meet the center of the opposite edge to create a triangle. Finger press these folds.

* Starting at narrow end of egg, pin a triangle point end down (folded side to the egg) and place one pin in each top corner. Make sure this first row overlaps your piece of ribbon that is already pinned to the egg.
* Continue folding and pinning triangles to your egg, staggering their position and making sure that each successive row covers the last row's pins. I like a random look so I don't really keep track of how many are in each row or how evenly they are spaced.

* When you get to the top, fold the triangles a little more narrow (just overlap the corners a bit when folding them down) so that they are a bit smaller and the pins show less. At the very top, I like to cover the last row of pins with one final piece of ribbon that is folded on both ends so there aren't any raw edges.
* Using your smaller ribbon, thread it back and forth onto a pin to make a loop for hanging and smaller loops to form a bow. Press this pin into the very top of the egg adding just a bit of glue to the tip of the pin before inserting it.

About the maker: Jenna Z. lives in the Midwest with her husband, a cat and a corgi. She works in a library and can be found at her personal blog, Corgipants and at the SwapDex. Jenna is doing Oc-Tute-ber this month and will be posting new tutorials all month long – check them out.

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