How to Tie a Ribbon on a Wedding Invitation

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A ribbon can add an elegant touch to a wedding invitation, especially a flat invitation that needs a little bit of extra decoration. You can find a wide variety of ribbons in craft stores and online, made from materials such as organdy, satin, grosgrain, silk and velvet. Be sure to choose a ribbon color that matches your personal taste or wedding theme. For an extra custom look, you can even order personalized ribbon printed with the names of the bride and groom.

Things You'll Need

  • Blank practice paper
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Wedding invitation
  • Paper punch
  • Ribbon
  • Grommets and grommet tool (optional)
  • Decide where you want to put the ribbon on the wedding invitation. Most invitations have the ribbon at the center of the top of the card, but you may choose to put the ribbon along the left-hand side, or in the lower right-hand corner depending on the style of the invitation.

  • Choose a paper punch that will produce small round holes, or decoratively shaped holes if you prefer. For most types of ribbon, you'll want the holes to be no larger than 1/4 inch in diameter.

  • Cut a blank piece of paper the same size and shape as the wedding invitation, so you can practice positioning the holes. You may need several practice sheets before you get just the look you want.

  • Mark the center of the practice paper using a ruler and pencil on the area where you want the ribbon. Measure and mark the holes on either side of the center mark, spacing them equally. You may want the holes only 1/2 inch apart for a small ribbon or bow, or several inches apart for a larger, more dramatic ribbon.

  • Cut a piece of ribbon about 6 inches long if you want a ribbon with straight ends, or about 12 inches long if you want to tie the ends in a bow.

  • Poke the ends of the ribbon through the holes in the practice paper, from front to back. Pull the ends of the ribbon until they are an equal length, and the ribbon lies snugly against the paper. Flip the practice paper over.

  • Poke the ribbon on the right side through the hole on the left side, and poke the ribbon on the left side through the hole on the right, so that the ends are on the front of the paper again. Flip the practice paper over.

  • Cut the ends of the ribbon at an angle (or with V-shaped notches) and leave it as it is, or tie the ends of the ribbon into a bow.

  • Experiment with different hole placements and ribbon lengths on additional practice cards, if desired, until you get the look you want.

  • Use the final practice paper as a template to punch holes in the wedding invitation, and tie the ribbon on it.

Tips & Warnings

  • For a more finished look, you can use a grommet tool (available in the scrapbook section of many craft stores) to add grommets to the holes in the wedding invitation. You can also add a small charm, such as a heart, to the ribbon before putting the ribbon through the invitation.

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