Here's a trick I learned from my mom a long time ago. When I was young, she worked at a place that made bows. Maybe this is the reason I have a bow obsession.
When you cut a length of ribbon, the ends naturally fray. To give your project more of a finished look, you can seal off the ends. I have two techniques to share with you.
Start by heating your burner to medium heat. Cut your ribbon how you want: straight across or at a diagonal.
Touch the edge of the ribbon to the burner for just a quick second and swipe the ribbon along the burner to smooth off any stickiness.
See the picture below? This is what happens if you touch the ribbon to the burner for too long and don't smooth off the gunk.
Done right, your ribbon should look smooth and clean at the ends. No fraying. Like this:
I use this one most often because it's easiest for me. Unless I can't find a lighter, then heat up the old stove burner!
Anyway...... grab your lighter and lets light it up!
Simply run the lighter up and down the ribbon edge. Too slow and the ribbon will distort. Too fast, you won't seal the edge.
The picture below shows the sealed edge done JUST right ;)
Now, wrap up your project! Every detail, including sealed ribbon edges, gives a better presentation for you recipient.
Thank you for stopping by! I hope you found this tip helpful! Leave me a comment below!
Until next time,
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