How to Make a Ribbon Photo Holder


Ribbon photo holders can be as decorative as they can be useful. Variations of this design are also known as French memo boards. These photo holders are simple to make with a few supplies from your local craft store. You can use any width of ribbon you like, from thin 1/4-inch strips to 2-inch strips. You can also center a thin strip of ribbon over a wider strip to make your photo holder more versatile and more interesting. Mix and match ribbon sizes and colors to create a photo holder to fit any décor style.

Things You'll Need

  • Foam board
  • Craft knife
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Ribbon
  • Decorative push pins
  • Cut a section of foam board to the desired size of your photo holder. You can design the photo holder to fit the front of your fridge or to hang on a wall in your bedroom, similar to a bulletin board.

  • Cut a section of fabric 6 inches wider and 6 inches longer than your foam board. Place the fabric face down on a flat surface and center the foam board on top of the fabric.

  • Pull the sides of the fabric over the edges of the foam board. Glue the fabric in place with viscous craft glue or hot glue. Allow the glue to dry.

  • Cut strips of ribbon to fit diagonally across the foam board, from the top-left corner to the bottom-right corner. Add at least 2 inches to the length of each ribbon so you can attach them to the back of the board. Allow as much space between the ribbons as you like. The ribbons will hold your photos in place. A 3-to 4-inch separation between each ribbon strand looks nice and allows room for a lot of different sized photos.

  • Attach the ends of the ribbon strands to the back of the fabric covered foam board with hot glue or viscous craft glue. Allow the glue to dry.

  • Flip the board over so that it’s face up. Insert decorative push pins into the center of the smallest diagonal ribbons. The push pins will hold the ribbons taut to the board so you can slip your photos between the ribbons and the fabric. Space the push pins along the remaining ribbon strands so that the ribbons are taut and so you have room for photos. You can move the push pins around as needed when you place your photos.

  • Cut a 10-inch strip of ribbon. Fold the ribbon in half to make a loop and glue the ends to the back of the photo holder, close to the top. You can also add push pins to further secure the connection. Hang your photo holder from the ribbon loop.

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