DIY Blue Ribbon

I have this problem where I finally get my pictures onto the computer and edited and then just assume that the blog post got written. Here is my belated post on making prize ribbons like you’d win at a fair, or in my case for a family pie contest on the Fourth of July.

DIY Prize Ribbons  I  Wildfire KissesI was originally planning on just buying some, but couldn’t find them anywhere! The morning of the festivities I decided to attempt making my own, and they turned out to be surprisingly simple.


1 inch ribbon (I used grosgrain)



Fabric to match your ribbon

Hot glue gun



1. Cut 3, 2.5-3 inch circles from your cardstock. I traced the bottom of a cup and my circles were 2 3/4 inches.

2. Grab a cardstock circle and your ribbon. (I didn’t measure how much ribbon I used, I simply pulled from the spool until I was finished.)  Create a small fold in the ribbon and staple that fold down to the edge of the cardstock circle. Repeat until the circle of ribbon is complete.


End with the ribbon folded to the back and overlapping the first fold to make it look continuous and so the raw edges of ribbon are visible only on the back. Cut the end of the ribbon and set this circle aside.

3. Grab a second circle and trim to fit inside the ribbon circle while still covering the staple tops. Like so.


2. Take that slightly smaller circle and cut a circle of fabric about 1/2 an inch wider around than your carstock circle. Like so:



Clearly perfection is over rated.

3.  Use the hot glue to attach the fabric to the back off the circle, making sure to keep the front fabric taunt.


Just keep folding the fabric over and gluing it down.


4. Apply hot glue to the back of the fabric covered circle and place on top of the ribbon circle, covering the top of the staples.


You’ve now completed the hardest parts and are almost done!

5.  Turn your completed ribbon top over and cut a second length of ribbon to attach to the back  leaving the ends as long as you want Overlap the middle of the ribbon to create the angle between the two ribbon ends that you want and hot glue it down.



6. The final step is to simply hot glue the final cardstock circle over the back of the ribbon top giving it a clean and finished look!



There you have it, a prize ribbon that took probably about 25 minutes to make (that’s with a toddler trying to “help”). And just for reference—because I had to look it up—Blue is first place, Red is second, and yellow or white are used for third.


The white clearly ended up being my favorite, because I ran out of plain white ribbon and used polka dots to finish it off.  Maybe you can have your own pie/costume/pumpkin contest this fall and make your own ribbons!


Independence Day cont.


Although it poured for hours the night before, which was unexpected in this desert, it was sunny the day of the Fourth but also so very muggy, making it feel hotter than ever. To keep us cool we had a large red ice bucket of waterbottles, and we tried out this red, blue, and white drink that felt more like a science experiment, but it works! However, it’s not a real party in AZ without water playing a role, so I had graciously filled a cooler with water balloons earlier in the day and had it ready, plus we pulled out the slip n’ slide for the little ones as our after dinner activity.



And with the kids outside we sent out their dessert to keep them occupied while they dried off. I got the idea to roll the ice cream sandwiches in sprinkles from here and using mini sandwiches was perfect for the little hands.



And with the kids’ dessert taken care of, the adults were ready to delve into these beauties.


I issued the challenge earlier in the week for all who dared compete that there would be a pie contest, with a blue ribbon up for grabs. We ended up with a blueberry, lemon meringue, peach, crack pie, and coconut cream. A wide selection that we cut into tiny slivers so we could try them all and cast our vote.


And they were all delicious, making it terribly difficult to vote for just one. In the end the the lemon meringue won first, crack pie (which reminded me of pecan pie, sans pecans), took second and the other three pies tied for third, so they were clearly all loved. Here were the ribbons I whipped together last minute after I couldn’t find any to buy.


With the pie settling in our stomachs we sent the kids back outside to try their hands at pinata smashing (a certain niece had a birthday on the first). Even Wallaby got in on the action with some help. Such concentration. Maybe he’s trying to activate his laser eyes?



And no one was to be left out of the spoils. This is always my favorite shot of any pinata. There are no boundaries when candy is involved.


Then there was a little lull where some of the younger kids were put to bed, Wallaby included, before were pulled out the sparklers.


Isn’t that just the best printable from here? We saved a few sparklers for Walt, but haven’t tried them with him yet, and while he slept the other kids went to town. That included The Grizzly Kid.



There were even a few fireworks in the backyard to end the day with.


It was a very full and lovely day. And overall, with the help of the internet, it turned out to be a great success. I hope your day was memorable as well! And a grand thank you to those who have and do serve to keep our country free.

Party Like it’s Independence Day

(Found this 4th of July printable here)

There several things that set Arizona apart, especially in the summer, the most obvious being that 110 degrees is the average temperature. Another is that people leave the valley in droves in the month of July until school starts again in early August—church, which is usually packed to the back, was rather empty yesterday. A casualty of this is that a lot of the common summer festivities simply don’t happen and if they do happen you’d have to be insane to sit in 111 degree weather for 3 hours to watch a parade, or even lay out in the 95 degree weather to watch the late fireworks.

So this year I was set to make our own fun. I got to work planning our own family carnival/fair, and with the help of my sister it came together nicely. With 12 nieces and nephews here to entertain we can definitely create our own party and they enthusiastically try everything, which makes even simple games exciting.  We set up simple games like ring toss, can bowling, and bean bag toss.


We had kettlecorn set up to munch on while playing games. I used this pattern to make the paper cones and then covered cereal boxes with wrapping paper and cut out holes to make the little stands.


This was Wallaby’s perch, protector of the popcorn, until all the cousins showed up.


The photo booth that we set up using this backdrop and props was an especially big hit with the kids. They made us laugh because they were so focused on getting the props in the right place that they kept forgetting to smile.


Still, they were all adorable.


Wallaby and I even got in on the action. My oldest niece manned the face painting station since she has more artistic talent than the rest of us. I made the face paint using this super simple mixture and it turned out great. As shown here.


Wallaby wiped the A off his cheek before it got a chance to dry. And as for the remainder of the festivities I will save those for a second post, this one is getting out of hand.