How to Make a Cancer Awareness Ribbon

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To help promote awareness of various forms of cancer, many people wear cancer ribbons during certain cancer awareness months or events. Creating cancer awareness ribbons requires little skill, but it will require some time if you plan to make a large number of ribbons.

Cancer awareness ribbons are small but effective.
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Things You'll Need

  • 1/4-inch wide ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure or ruler
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hot glue sticks
  • Safety pin
Step 1

Purchase the color of ribbon that corresponds with the form of cancer you'd like to make people more aware of. Measure and cut each piece of ribbon to measure 3-inches long. Cut each piece of ribbon at an angle to prevent the ribbon from fraying and to give a nice finished edge.

A tape measure or a ruler will work equally well.
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Step 2

Fold down one end of the ribbon to create a sharp U-shape. Hold the ribbon down against a table and wrap the other end of the ribbon back around and over itself to create a top loop. Adjust the ends of the ribbon so that an inch of ribbon sticks out past where the ribbon overlaps itself.

This is the recognizable awareness ribbon shape.
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Step 3

Secure the ribbon where it overlaps. Use a very small dot of hot glue to hold the ribbon into this shape and allow the glue to dry for a few seconds.

Only a very small amount of hot glue is needed.
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Step 4

Push a safety pin through the ribbon, slightly above the dried glue. Use this safety pin to pin the ribbon to your shirt or lapel.

A small safety pin is the best size for this project.
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