Cream City Ribbon – Biodegradable. Compostable. Eco-friendly.

By: Kimmy Maclang

Most of the ribbons on the market today are made of petroleum and polypropylene – materials that are harmful to the environment.  Consumers today rarely care about where their products come from, and what they are made of.  The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has continually made efforts to encourage consumers to practice the three Rs of waste management – reduce, reuse, and recycle.  In addition to this, consumers are urged to buy environment-friendly products in an effort to lessen non-biodegradable waste in landfills, contributing less to environmental degradation.

This campaign by the EPA is known as “Source Reduction”, an effort through which trash toxicity that is thrown into landfills is lessened.  This may be accomplished by reducing the design, production, and consumption of materials and items that are toxic to the environment.  This keeps these products out of the landfills and the environment, thereby reducing the source of toxic waste.  There are a lot of eco-friendly products in the market today, and supporting these products encourages Source Reduction.

Cream City Ribbon is the only company in America that manufactures natural ribbons made from non-woven cotton yarns that are grown and responsibly dyed in the US.  We make our ribbons as natural as we can, using non-toxic water based adhesive.  This makes Cream City Ribbon biodegradable and eco-friendly.

Imagine that the beautiful, decorative ribbon that you use for various projects right now will pile up in a landfill for centuries.  Because they are made of plastic, it is not degradable, and does not decompose after a certain period of time.  What kind of use would there be after your ribbons are used? None.  Instead of your decorative ribbon being useful, they will end up turning into harmful and toxic decorations to the environment.

Now, imagine your gorgeous Cream City Ribbon being reused in your garden to tie up your plants.  After which, you can put them in your compost bin, where it can be put to better use.  A bird can find it, and use it to build a nest for her young, or it can decompose and you can use it to fertilize your plants or garden.  How wonderful is that?

Composting

There are many chemical factors and processes involved in composting.  Wikipedia briefly discusses “compost” and “composting” in simpler terms for us to understand.

Compost is composed of organic materials derived from plant and animal matter that has been decomposed largely through aerobic decomposition. The process of composting is simple and practiced by individuals in their homes, farmers on their land, and industrially by industries and cities.
Compost can be rich in nutrients. It is used in gardenslandscapinghorticulture, and agriculture. The compost itself is beneficial for the land in many ways, including as a soil conditioner, a fertilizer, addition of vital humus or humic acids, and as a natural pesticide for soil. In ecosystems, compost is useful for erosion control, land and stream reclamation, wetland construction, and as landfill cover.

Making your own compost from wastes around your home is easy.  However, you must primarily follow the three Rs of waste management, and separate your waste.  Below are several tips and instructions on how to generate your own compost for your garden or plants.

There are a lot of wastes that may be used for compost.  However, most organizations and experts recommend the combination of green and brown wastes.  Avoiding perishables such as meat, cheese, milk, fish, and cooked food is also a must, as these promote the spread of disease-causing microbes and pathogens.  In addition, they bring about a very putrid odor that you may not want around your home.

Plants treated with pesticides and herbicides should not be added to your compost bin as the pesticide’s chemicals will affect the decomposition process.

Below is a list of the recommended brown and green materials according to Go Organic Gardening.com (How to Compost).

Brown materials:

  • Cream City Ribbon (belongs under the “Brown” category)
  • Old, brown grass, leaves and twigs
  • Pet rabbit and hamster bedding (any vegetarian pet bedding)
  • Some Sawdust and wood ash
  • Very little pure charcoal ash (not too much, as it contains high levels of iron and sulfur)
  • Straw
  • Dryer lint
  • Shredded pine cones and pine needles
  • Shredded, non-glossy newspaper and cardboard

Green materials:

  • Grass clippings
  • Fruit and vegetable kitchen scraps
  • Coffee grounds and filters
  • Manure from vegetarian animals (cow, horse, sheep and rabbit)
  • Hair
  • Tea bags
  • Egg shells

Top 10 Composting Tips the Cream City Ribbon Way

Tip #1. Get a compost bin. You can use old crates, or better yet, a sturdy plastic bin that has a secure lid to avoid organisms and microbes from spreading around your home environment.  Of course, your bin must be placed outside, away from your children or pet’s reach.

Tip #2. Keep your compost pile in a black or dark-colored plastic bin.  Put it in direct sunlight to further the composting process when it’s cold. Hay bales can be used to add insulation to the pile.

Tip #3. Grass clippings add much needed nitrogen to your compost pile, however, mixing it with “brown” materials that add carbon is better, and optimizes composting.  Both green and brown materials are necessary for quick decomposition, making for richer compost.  Piles made up of just grass will compress, slowing down the decomposition process.

Tip #4. Newspaper or plain white copy paper is great for composting. Shred it to small pieces to speed up the process (shredding them is a great way to let air and oxygen in).  As such, cut your Cream City Ribbon into shorter pieces before putting them in your compost pile.

Tip #5. Keep your compost moist, but not soaked.  The idea is to keep it wet (just like a wrung-out sponge or towel) to help the decomposition process.  When your compost dries out, the decomposition will stop.  Make sure to check once in a while, and add water when you think it’s starting to dry up.

Tip #6. Sift through it using a pitch fork or a long branch.  This allows more oxygen to circulate through your pile, as the microbes that are eating away at your pile also need oxygen to survive.  The more oxygen these microbes have, the stronger they become, and the faster the decomposition.

Tip #7. Keep your pile warm.  A higher temperature is more conducive for microbes, and a cold climate can stop the decomposition process.  If it gets colder, make sure to sift and aerate your pile.

Tip #8. Put some red wriggler worms in your pile.  These worms will reside in the top six inches of your pile, and would gladly eat away at your organic compost.  Ask your local gardening shops about red wrigglers.

Tip #9. Your worms love coffee ground.  You can get these from your local café.  They may be given out for free.  Add coffee ground to your pile, and you get healthier, richer compost.

Tip #10. Finished compost is usually less than half the amount of materials you started with, but is much denser.  It should look, feel and smell like rich, dark soil, and you should not be able to recognize any of the materials you put in there.

Now, you can place the finished compost to your garden soil about 2 to 4 weeks before planting.  This allows the nutrients of your compost time to seep into the soil and fertilize it.  This makes your soil healthier and optimal for all your garden plants.

Cream City Ribbon: Great for Your Projects, Excellent for Your Garden, Terrific for the Environment

At Cream City Ribbon, eco-friendly and cost effective ways of living are encouraged.  Using Cream City Ribbon, which is made from natural cotton and with renewable energy resources, is an excellent way of starting your eco-friendly routine.  Our custom ribbons are bound with non-toxic adhesive and printed with water based dyes, making it safe for your children and pets.  You can’t lose with Cream City Ribbon.

Make a gorgeous handcrafted project.

Create an amazingly beautiful scrapbook.

Wrap your gifts prettily.

Make elegant handmade accessories.

Hang photos, frames, and home decorations.

Use as a gardening material to tie up your plants.

Put in your compost bin to help aerate and neutralize your compost.

With your Cream City Ribbon, you get boundless possibilities.  Be bold.  Explore.

At Cream City Ribbon, our mission is to be an environmentally responsible company that creates a quality natural product, provides excellent service and value to our customers and dignified work for our employees.  As such, we purchase electricity from renewable energy resources such as wind, solar, hydro and biomass. Our packaging and spools are made with biodegradable and post consumer content materials wherever possible.

Remember that without each individual’s effort, we cannot achieve the goal of having a greener and safer place for our children, and our children’s children.

Your daily efforts in practicing proper waste management and disposal are vital to nature.  Encourage your family members, friends, and neighbors to do the same, and you get a cleaner, greener, and safer environment.

Create your projects using biodegradable ribbons.

Be proud of how you helped the environment by using natural ribbons.

Choose Cream City Ribbon.

Make “THE NATURAL CHOICE”.

E-mail us at ccr@creamcityribbon.com for more information, or go to our main website at http://www.creamcityribbon.com for orders and inquiries.

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Cream City Ribbon Supports the Three Rs of Waste Hierarchy

By: Kimmy Maclang

Cream City Ribbon is the only company in America that manufactures natural ribbons made from non-woven cotton yarns that are grown and responsibly dyed in the US.  We make our ribbons as natural as we can, using non-toxic water based adhesive.  This makes Cream City Ribbon biodegradable and eco-friendly.  We encourage the practice of the three Rs – reduce, reuse, and recycle.  It is a great help to the environment, and is easy on the pocket.

According to Wikipedia, the waste hierarchy pertains to waste management strategies according to their desirability – (1) reduce, (2) reuse, and (3) recycle.  These three are the cornerstone of environmental waste management efforts to lessen the amount of waste in our landfills and environment, and encourage citizens to be more responsible with their consumption and waste disposal.

“Reduce”

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) stresses that reduction in consumption and production is the most important step in the three Rs of the waste hierarchy.  With less consumption, there are also fewer products to reuse and recycle, and less products that are disposed, which contributes less to environmental degradation.

In addition to this, the EPA further emphasizes the reduction of trash toxicity that is thrown into landfills through “Source Reduction”.  This may be accomplished by reducing the design, production, and consumption of materials and items that are toxic to the environment.  This keeps these products out of the landfills and the environment, thereby reducing the source of toxic waste.  There are a lot of eco-friendly products in the market today, and supporting these products encourages Source Reduction.

Tip #1. Make a list of the things you NEED versus the things that you WANT.  Then, make another list of the things that you ALREADY HAVE.  Compare these lists, then make a final list of what you actually need to get.  Buy what’s in your final list, and do not buy in excess.  Control your urge to “panic buy”.

Tip #2. Get eco-friendly products versus environment-harmful ones.  Make sure that your items are non-toxic.  If you have plastic items, make sure to make an effort to reuse and recycle.

Tip #3. Conserve energy and resources.  Do not be wasteful.  Make sure that you consume what is exactly needed.  There are many ways to conserve your resources and your available items.  For instance: when making craft projects, make sure to measure your materials properly so that you don’t have too many scraps.

Tip #4. Remember to always “REDUCE”.  Reduction is the cornerstone of environmental protection and waste management.  Be mindful of your daily product and energy consumption.

“Reuse”

Reuse may be defined as the act of using materials and items in its original form over and over again, without having to process it biologically and chemically.  This also helps lessen waste disposal and lessen the amount of waste and garbage in our landfills.  As such, reusing items also helps you save money and conserve resources, contributing to the Source Reduction efforts of the EPA.

Tip #1. For your scrapbooking projects, make sure to reuse whatever materials you have around the home.  So many art projects can be accomplished by just using whatever is available.  Check out Cream City Ribbon projects that encourage reusing items around the home.

Tip #2. Dig in your closet.  Check the back of your closet and drawers, and for sure, you will be able to find old stuff that you don’t use anymore.  Remember that not everyone is as fortunate as you are, and that what you are not using right now may be very helpful to someone else.

Give old clothes, shoes, and toys to the less fortunate children and families.  Ask your local community center about any drive or fundraiser you can participate in.

Tip #3. Sell what you can’t give away. Put up a rummage sale of all your excess clothes, shoes, toys, home décor, appliances, or furniture.  Most people just throw this stuff away.  DON’T.  You used your hard-earned money to purchase these, and you don’t want that to just be put to waste.  You can sell your used items, so another person can put it to good use.  Turn your trash into cash!

Tip #4. Before throwing away items around the home, think first about what you can do with it.  The back of copy paper can be used by your children as scratch paper, pages of old notebooks can be reused as a new notebook, buttons, beads, yarn, ribbons, can be used again for a new project.  Be creative and explore possibilities, the Cream City Ribbon way!

“Recycle”

Recycling is the last step in the waste hierarchy, and we must remember that reduce and reuse is still best for the environment.

Tip #1. Separate your garbage.  Contact your community’s recycling center or garbage collection company to determine whether they provide recycling bins.  Learn about your local community’s regulations on garbage separation. You may use the following categories: wet, dry, biodegradable, non-biodegradable, and plastics.  You may also have a separate bin for composting.

Tip #2. Support recycling and environment campaigns.

In practicing the three Rs of the waste hierarchy, you can help the world become a greener place.  Remember that without each individual’s effort, we cannot achieve the goal of having a greener and safer place for our children, and our children’s children.

Your daily efforts to support the three Rs are vital to the success of waste management.  Encourage your family members, friends, and neighbors to do the same, and you get a cleaner, greener, and safer environment.

At Cream City Ribbon, our mission is to be an environmentally responsible company that creates a quality natural product, and provides excellent service and value to our customers and dignified work for our employees.  As such, we purchase electricity from renewable energy resources such as wind, solar, hydro and biomass. Our packaging and spools are made with biodegradable and post consumer content materials wherever possible.

At Cream City Ribbon, we believe that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Don’t throw away your Cream City Ribbon scraps.  Use it for other craft projects to give as gifts.

Use biodegradable and earth-friendly materials.  Cream City Ribbon is made from natural cotton and bound with non-toxic adhesive.  Use it to make a fabulous package or a beautiful home decoration.  Then, use it again to tie up your plants.  Put it in the compost bin.

Cream City Ribbon encourages the practice of the three Rs of waste management.

Create your projects using biodegradable ribbons.

Be proud of how you helped the environment by using natural ribbons.

Choose Cream City Ribbon.

Make “THE NATURAL CHOICE”.

E-mail us at ccr@creamcityribbon.com for more information, or go to our main website at http://www.creamcityribbon.com for orders and inquiries.

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Cream City Ribbon Wall Art

A blank wall is never a fun thing to look at.  Framed pictures or paintings may be expensive, and it’s always such a joy to show off your own works of art to visitors and guests.  If you are renovating your home, remodeling a room for a nursery, or simply thinking of innovative ways to decorate, Cream City Ribbon brings you a new project that you can accomplish with your friends, family members, or children.  You may also use this technique for your scrapbook.

Mounted Cream City Ribbon Wall Art

Materials:

  • Cream City Ribbon of various colors and designs
  • Cream City Ribbon scraps
  • Watercolor
  • Paint brush for the watercolor
  • Brush for the glue (you may use an old eye make-up or lip brush, small enough to make lines)
  • 2 pieces, 1/8 illustration board
  • Glue
  • Double-sided Tape
  • Scissors
  • Glitters (optional)

1. Prepare Your Mount.

Step 1. Choose a design or image outline.  You may get a page from your child’s favorite coloring book, or print out an outline of an image.  You may pick a cartoon character that your child loves, or choose an image that suits your home design or theme.  The heavier the GSM of your paper, the better.

Step 2. Once you have this ready, you may now prepare your mount, so that later on, all you have to do is frame your Cream City Ribbon artwork.  Your mount will be 4 inches larger than the paper on which your image is printed on.

Measure your illustration board.  Add 4 inches to each side of your image paper.  Cut your board accordingly.

Step 3. Once you have cut this board, you now need to attach a string so you can hang it on your wall later.  On the top 1/3 of your board, make two sets of parallel holes.  Then tie your hanging string or Cream City Ribbon through these holes.

Note that the Cream City Ribbon is very strong and can hold up this mounted artwork.

Step 4. Prepare your mount frame.  Cut your second piece of illustration board, to work as a frame that you can place on top of your artwork, once it is mounted on the first illustration board.  Cut your frame, using a width of 4 ½ to 5 inches each.

2. Color your Image with Cream City Ribbon.

Remember that with your Cream City Ribbon, there are a lot of possibilities.  You can shred it, cut it, quill it, tie it, curl it, shape it, and so forth.  Don’t be afraid to try out new things!

Step 1. Work on your artwork.  Paint your image outline with watercolor.  Be as creative as you can, this will serve as the base of your artwork, and the basis of your ribbon use.

Step 2. Once you are finished painting your image, you can work on your outline.

Make an embossed outline of your image.  Twine a long strand of your Cream City Ribbon, and glue it onto the image outline.  This way, coloring into the image will be easier, as it also serves as a border.

Step 3. Fill up the various areas with color and texture.  Cut your Cream City Ribbon into very small pieces of different shapes.  Using your paintbrush, spread glue into the area that you want to fill.  Sprinkle and spread your Cream City Ribbon pieces into the area.

Step 4. Variation of texture, shape, style and technique is fundamental to making a unique and beautiful artwork. For another area, use a different technique.  You can wet your Cream City Ribbon scraps by putting it under running water or spraying them with water.  This way, your Cream City Ribbon, made with natural cotton, will shape into whatever you want.

Now that your Cream City Ribbon is more pliant, you will be able to separate the strands of cotton yarn that it was made into. Use this cotton ribbon, and glue it onto one area using the same principle used in the previous step.

Step 5. Another technique is to quill your Cream City Ribbon into the shape of the area you want to fill.  Once you have done this, glue it onto the paper by spreading the glue (using the brush) on one side, and pasting it onto the paper.

Step 6. Shred your Cream City Ribbon into very thin pieces, and cut them into 1, 2, or 3 inch pieces.  Spread glue on the area you want to work on, and scatter your Cream City Ribbon shredded stems on this area.  This should look like scattered hay, or grass.

Step 7. Make plenty of knots on a length of your Cream City Ribbon.  Place a distance of about half an inch between these knots, and cut at the center.  You now have plenty of little knots to fill up an area.  Glue onto paper.  You can use little glue dots for this to make it neat.  If you want a quicker technique, you can brush the area with glue, and just scatter the little knots onto it.

Step 8. Put curly frills on an area.  The length depends on how long you want the curls or frills to be.  This step is best used if your image is that of a person or character with hair.  Take a piece of your Cream City Ribbon, and glue one end (about just 3 mm) to your paper.  Shred the ribbon up until the glued portion.

Ask someone else to hold down the glued portion of the ribbon while you curl each strand.  You may do this several times, until you fill up the whole area or head portion.

Step 9. Cut your Cream City Ribbon according to the length or width of the area you want to fill and lay them down flat.  You may glue them onto the paper vertically, horizontally, or diagonally.  It’s really up to what you think is best for your design.  You may put glitter on top of these laid down ribbons to add texture and shimmer.

Step 10. Make variations of the various techniques discussed here to continue filling out the various areas of your image.

Be bold.  You may use Cream City Ribbon that is contrasting to the watercolor you used for the area.  Keep in mind that with Cream City Ribbon, you can do as you please.  Make waves, make loops, make quills – whatever you like.

Step 11. LET YOUR ARTWORK DRY FOR AT LEAST 12 HOURS, OR FOR BEST RESULTS, LEAVE IT TO DRY OVERNIGHT.

3. Mount It, Frame It, Hang It.

Once your image artwork is completely dry, you may now mount it on the boards that you previously made.

Put double sided tape at the back corners of your page, and place it at the center of your illustration board.  Tape the frame on top of the paper, making sure to cover the edges with the frame.

If you want it to be more secure, you may place acetate or a transparency film over your artwork.  This protects it from dirt and direct sunlight.  In doing this, you also prevent the artwork from getting destroyed by curious hands.

Cream City Ribbon encourages recycling and using materials that are environment friendly.  Recycling is a great help to the environment, and is easy on the pocket.  Make projects that are eco-friendly and wallet-friendly.  Don’t throw away your Cream City Ribbon scraps.  Use it for other craft projects.

Now, you can hang your piece, and let others marvel at how your Cream City Ribbon Wall Artwork was made.

Be proud of your own creation.

Be proud of how creative you are.

Be proud of how you helped the environment by using natural ribbons.

Choose Cream City Ribbon.

Make “THE NATURAL CHOICE”.

E-mail us at ccr@creamcityribbon.com for more information, or go to our main website at http://www.creamcityribbon.com for craft ideas and techniques. Order custom ribbons online today!

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Cream City Ribbon Spiral Bracelets

Let the whole month of August or any day of the year be all about friends and the special bond you have with them.  Cream City Ribbon offers ribbons made of 100% natural cotton, responsibly grown and dyed in the US with water based dyes.  This biodegradable ribbon is non-woven, and bound with non-toxic adhesive.

We also have custom ribbons that may be printed on, using inks that are soy based and non-toxic.  You can choose what you want us to print on your ribbons, or you may write on the ribbons yourself using gel pens and sharpies, or stamp pads and ink.  You may even rub on letters and use your inkjet printer for your own personalized ribbons.

Because of the unique and natural properties of Cream City Ribbon, you can curl it, tie it, shred it, fold it, cut it, quill it, or do anything you want with them.  These ribbons are very strong, and have been used in various industries to tie things together for a number of years.  Go ahead.  Grab both ends and see if you can break it.

Cream City Ribbon is ideal for making friendship bracelets for your friends or children.  Show your friends that they are special.  Give them a small token of appreciation with your hand made crafts, using your own design based on how much they mean to you, or how you know them.  All you need is a few yards of your Cream City Ribbon, a couple hours of your time, and voila!  You’ve made your friend a bracelet to show that their presence in your life is something you treasure.

Make a variety of bands and bracelets that you can give away to your friends.  Cream City Ribbon recommends using various colors, designs, and prints for your bracelets.  Here is another set of simple instructions you can follow to make your friend a gorgeous spiral bracelet using Cream City Ribbon.

Spiral Bracelets

Materials:

  • Cream City Ribbon of various designs and colors
  • Scissors
  • Large beads that can fit through all the strands (optional)

Step 1. Gather three strands of ribbons, each of a different color.

Step 2. Shred your Cream City Ribbon into strands around 3 mm each.  This will give you a total of 12 strands.

Step 3. Twine the length of your Cream City Ribbon to give it more texture.

Step 4. Tie a knot on one end, leaving about 1 ½ to 2 inches.

Step 5. Start the body of your Cream City Ribbon spiral bracelet.

Hold the strands on one hand, and with your dominant hand, take one strand of your Cream City Ribbon as your working strand.  Lay it over the group of ribbons you are holding (holding ribbon), and pass it under the holding ribbon, then through the loop that was made.  Pull your working ribbon snugly.  Do this repeatedly until you have made about an inch or so.

Step 6. String your bead through.  If you decide to make the bracelet without beads, skip this step.

Step 7. Now that all your ribbons are in one group, get another ribbon (of a different color), and use this as your working strand.  Repeat step 5 and 6 while alternating or switching colors.  Make sure that your knots are snug and neat.

Step 8. When you have attained your desired length, tie your ribbons with a clean knot, and snip off.  Leave around 1 ½ to 2 inches, to be able to tie it around your friend’s wrist.

The great thing about making this friendship bracelet with your Cream City Ribbon is that your friend doesn’t have to be extra careful with them.  Cream City Ribbon may get wet, or may even be washed with mild soap, and the colors won’t fade or rub off other fabrics. With Cream City Ribbon, you can explore your possibilities.

Cream City Ribbon encourages recycling and using materials that are environment friendly.  Recycling materials is a great help to the environment, and is easy on the pocket.  As we celebrate friendship this month of August, let us also celebrate our friendship with nature.

This month of August, let us make friendship bracelets and bands using natural ribbons.

Show your friends you care about them and the environment.

Make your gift more meaningful with naturally beautiful ribbons.

Choose Cream City Ribbon.

Make “THE NATURAL CHOICE”.

Go to our main website at http://www.creamcityribbon.com or contact ccr@creamcityribbon.com for orders and inquiries. You can order our custom ribbons online.

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Cream City Ribbon Friendship Bangles

Make friendship bands and bracelets for your dear friends.  Let the whole month of August or any day of the year be all about friends and the special bond you have with them.  Cream City Ribbon offers ribbons made of 100% natural cotton, responsibly grown and dyed in the US with water based dyes.  This biodegradable ribbon is non-woven, and bound with non-toxic adhesive.

We also have custom ribbons that may be printed on, using inks that are soy based and non-toxic.  You can choose what you want us to print on your ribbons, or you may write on the ribbons yourself using gel pens and sharpies, or stamp pads and ink.  You may even rub on letters and use your inkjet printer for your own personalized ribbons.

Because of the unique and natural properties of Cream City Ribbon, you can curl it, tie it, shred it, fold it, cut it, quill it, or do anything you want with them.  These ribbons are very strong, and have been used in various industries to tie things together for a number of years.  Go ahead.  Grab both ends and see if you can break it.

Cream City Ribbon, given these properties, is ideal for making friendship bracelets for your friends or children.  Show your friends that they are special.  Give them a small token of appreciation with your own handmade crafts.  All you need is a few yards of your Cream City Ribbon, a couple hours of your time, and voila!  You’ve made your friend a bracelet to show that their presence in your life is something you treasure.

Here is another set of simple instructions you can follow to make your friend a gorgeous bangle using Cream City Ribbon.

Wrapped Friendship Bangles

Materials:

  • Plastic or glass bangles
  • Cream City Ribbon of various designs and colors
  • Glue dots
  • Scissors

Step 1.  Gather a few of your old bangles, be it plastic or glass.  Get your Cream City Ribbon of various colors and designs, and decide which ones you want to put together in one bangle.  Set aside.

Step 2.  Shred your Cream City Ribbon into strands around 2 mm each.  Begin wrapping a strand of your cotton ribbon around the bangle, keeping the end tucked under the wraps.  Add glue dots as you go to keep the ribbon secure on the bangle.

Step 3.  After about an inch, cut the end of the ribbon strand, leaving about ¼ inch.  Stick this end onto a glue dot, and begin wrapping another color, hiding the end of the previous color under.

Step 4.  Follow the same procedure until you have filled the bangle with your ribbon wraps.

Step 5.  Seal the last end of your ribbon wrap, tucking it under the other wraps to make it neat.  Repeat these same steps to make your other bangles.  Make at least 3 bangles for a prettier fashion accessory for your friend.

The great thing about making this friendship bracelet with your Cream City Ribbon is that your friend doesn’t have to be extra careful with them.  Cream City Ribbon may get wet, or may even be washed with mild soap, and the colors won’t fade or rub off other fabrics. With Cream City Ribbon, you can explore your possibilities.

Cream City Ribbon encourages recycling and using materials that are environment friendly.  Recycling materials is a great help to the environment, and is easy on the pocket.

Let’s make friendship bracelets and bands using natural ribbons.

Show your friends you care about them and the environment.

Make your gift more meaningful with naturally beautiful ribbons.

Choose Cream City Ribbon.

Make “THE NATURAL CHOICE”.

You can order custom ribbons online at www.creamcityribbon.com.  Check out our design ideas and techniques or e-mail ccr@creamcityribbon.com for more information.

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Celebrate Friendship with Cream City Ribbon

August 1 is friendship day.  Make friendship bands and bracelets for your dear friends.  Let the whole month of August be all about friends and the special bond you have with them.  Cream City Ribbon offers ribbons made of 100% natural cotton, responsibly grown and dyed in the US with water based dyes.  This biodegradable ribbon is non-woven, and bound with non-toxic adhesive.

We also have custom ribbons that may be printed on using inks that are soy based and non-toxic.  You can choose what you want us to print on your ribbons, or you may write on the ribbons yourself using gel pens and sharpies, or stamp pads and ink.  You may even rub on letters and use your inkjet printer for your own personalized ribbons.

Because of the unique and natural properties of Cream City Ribbon, you can curl it, tie it, shred it, fold it, cut it, quill it, or do anything you want with them.  These ribbons are very strong, and have been used in various industries to tie things together for a number of years.  Go ahead.  Grab either end and see if you can break it.

Cream City Ribbon, given these properties, is ideal for making friendship bracelets during the month of August.  Show your friends that they are special.  Give them a small token of appreciation by making hand made crafts, with your own design based on how much they mean to you, or how you know them.  All you need is a few yards of your Cream City Ribbon, a couple hours of your time, and voila!  You’ve made your friend a bracelet to show that their presence in your life is something you treasure.

Follow these simple instructions to make your friend a band using Cream City Ribbon.

Diagonal Floss Friendship Band

Step 1.  Cut about 27 inches of your Cream City Ribbon.  Shred the ribbons, and making each strand about less than 2mm each.

Step 2. Tie a knot at one end, leaving around 1 to 1 ½ inches.  Arrange the colors or pattern according to how you want the diagonal parts to come together.  You can combine various colors and prints as you deem attractive.

Step 3. Start with strand 1.  Hold the strand straight, and loop it over your finger to keep it straight.  Get strand 2, and loop it over and then under strand 1 to make a knot.  Pull the knot snug to make it neat.  Do this one more time to make a double knot for each strand.

cream city ribbon, natural ribbon

cream city ribbon, natural ribbon

Step 4. Do this with the rest of the ribbons to complete a row.  Note that the thickness of the bracelet depends on the number of strands you have.

cream city ribbon, natural ribbon

cream city ribbon, natural ribbon

Step 5. Once you have completed the row, begin the next row following step 3 and 4.  Make sure that you begin the row using the first strand to the left, making double knots as you go along, from left to right.  Continue doing this until your friendship band is as long as you like.

cream city ribbon, natural ribbon

cream city ribbon, natural ribbon

cream city ribbon, natural ribbon

cream city ribbon, natural ribbon

Cream City Ribbon suggests making the bracelet a third shorter than the actual length you like, as after washing the bracelet, it expands.

Step 6. Once you have achieved the length you desire, tie the end with a knot, leaving 1 to 1 ½ inches.  It is even up to you if you want to braid the ends, or put a bead to hold it together.

cream city ribbon, natural ribbon

cream city ribbon, natural ribbon

cream city ribbon, natural ribbon

cream city ribbon, natural ribbon

Make sure that your knots are neat and snug, so that if your friend washes them with her while taking a bath, and the strands stretch out, the knots are still neat.  The great thing about making this friendship bracelet with your Cream City Ribbon is that your friend doesn’t have to take them off.

Cream City Ribbon may get wet, or may even be washed with mild soap, but the colors won’t fade and the colors won’t rub off other fabrics. The print will not come off the ribbon once it is dry.  With Cream City Ribbon, you can explore your possibilities.

This friendship bracelet was made using a printed ribbon that was left over from another project.  Cream City Ribbon encourages recycling and using materials that are earth friendly.  Recycling materials is a great help to the environment, and is easy on the pocket.  As we celebrate friendship this month of August, let us also celebrate our friendship with nature.

This month of August, let us make friendship bracelets and bands using natural ribbons.

Show your friends you care about them and the environment.

Make your gift more meaningful with naturally beautiful ribbons.

Choose Cream City Ribbon.

Make “THE NATURAL CHOICE”.

Visit our main website at www.creamcityribbon.com for more design ideas and techniques.  Order your custom ribbons online today!  E-mail us at ccr@creamcityribbon.com for more information.


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The Cream City Ribbon Hair Accessories

If you find yourself looking for hair accessories, and you just can’t seem to find one you like, Cream City Ribbon recommends making your own.  Many things can be recycled and used for something else. You can come up with fabulous creations just by diving inside your closet or storage boxes.

Simple buttons, ribbons, or beads from old bracelets and accessories can be turned into a whole new fashion accessory.  It’s all about exploring your possibilities with the Cream City Ribbon.  Here is a simple project you can do, to make a hair accessory.  Glam it up further!

Materials:

  • Cream City Ribbon (1 ½ yards)
  • Button, bead, or anything to decorate the center of your bow
  • Hair tie or hair pin/clip
  • Needle and thread
  • Glue stick
cream city ribbon, natural ribbon

cream city ribbon, natural ribbon

Step 1. Gather all materials.  You can use buttons from old clothes, or beads from old accessories you don’t use anymore.  This button was taken from an old skirt.

cream city ribbon, natural ribbon

cream city ribbon, natural ribbon

Step 2. Make a ribbon bow or ribbon flower using your Cream City Ribbon.  Get one end of your Cream City Ribbon (about 8 to 10 inches), and make a loop, making sure that there is a little bit more hanging from the loose end.  At the center (where the loop ends), twist the ribbon once, and make another loop.  Do this until you run out of ribbon, or until you feel that you have enough bows or petals.  To make a fuller bow, start with bigger loops, and end with a small one.

cream city ribbon, natural ribbon

cream city ribbon, natural ribbon

Note: The purpose of twisting the ribbon is to secure it in the middle, so you can make another loop at a different angle, and to be able to turn the ribbons around, so that the printed side is the one seen (for printed Cream City Ribbon).  If you prefer to use both sides, you can opt to not twist the ribbon at the center when going from loop to loop.

Step 3. When finished, fold the last bit of ribbon left in the middle.  You can use a push pin to hold it down, and look at your finished bow so you can make adjustments before you sew on the button.

cream city ribbon, natural ribbon

cream city ribbon, natural ribbon

Step 4. Sew on the button using your needle and thread.  Make sure that it’s tight and secure.

cream city ribbon, natural ribbon

cream city ribbon, natural ribbon

Voila!  You’ve got a pretty bow.

cream city ribbon, natural ribbon

cream city ribbon, natural ribbon

Step 5. Using your glue stick or glue gun, stick the hair tie to the back of your bow.

cream city ribbon, natural ribbon

cream city ribbon, natural ribbon

cream city ribbon, natural ribbon

cream city ribbon, natural ribbon

Step 6. Embellish it further!  You can shred another color of your Cream City Ribbon, tie it on the base of your hair tie, and curl it.  You can be as bold with your designs as you want to be.

cream city ribbon, natural ribbon

cream city ribbon, natural ribbon

With your Cream City Ribbon, you can make simple knots and bows, to use with your hair pins and clips.

cream city ribbon, natural ribbon

cream city ribbon, natural ribbon

Go ahead; explore your possibilities with Cream City Ribbon.

Cream City Ribbon – Naturally beautiful. naturally fabulous, naturally American, naturally Green.

Choose Cream City Ribbon.

Make “THE NATURAL CHOICE”.

Go to our main website at www.creamcityribbon.com or e-mailccr@creamcityribbon.com for more design ideas and techniques. You can also order our decorative ribbon online.


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