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How to Make an Equestrian Ribbon Jar

The only thing I like more than winning ribbons is displaying them. While winning isn’t everything to me, I’m proud every time I earn a rosette of any color and I proudly show off my spoils of war wherever and whenever possible. But after you’ve shown for a few seasons, the satin starts to pile up. So what do you do with all of those shiny, lovely ribbons?

I tried to float the idea of wallpapering our home office in rosettes to my husband one night (after a glass of wine or two), but the idea was immediately and vehemently struck down. So I’ve gone back to my tried and true method of making ribbons jars. They’re cheap, easy and a great way to easily store a whole bunch of ribbons. So without further ado, here’s my quick and simple guide on making an equestrian ribbon jar.

Equestrian Ribbon Jar Materials

Materials for an Equestrian Ribbon Jar

  • Horse Show Ribbons
  • Cylindrical Jar with Lid ($15 from Target)
  • Gift Tissue Paper

Equestrian Ribbon Jar Pattern Design

Step 1: Design Your Pattern

Start out by folding up each ribbon’s streamers behind the clip so that only the rosette is visible. Next, lay out a pattern. I estimated that I’d need 3 rows of 8 ribbons to complete my jar (which I roughly measured by placing ribbons in the jar). I laid it all out so I could see exactly how my jar would look. If you’re not quite as OCD as me, you can probably skip this part and just grab your folded ribbons out the box and…

Equestrian Ribbon Jar First Row

Step 2: Place Your Ribbons

Place your first row of ribbons around the outside of your jar, with the rosettes facing outward. I chose to only slightly overlap my ribbons horizontally, but feel free to arrange them however you want. After all, it’s your equestrian ribbon jar!

Equestrian Ribbon Jar Stuffing

Step 3: Add in the Middle

Once you complete your first row, you’re going to need something to hold the ribbons in place so the rosettes stay facing outward. In this case, I didn’t have enough ribbons to fill in the middle of my jar, so I used slightly crumpled white gift tissue paper. However, if you have an abundance of ribbons, you can certainly use those to fill the middle of your jar as well. For slightly more awkward designs (like the time I did a basketball display case) I used tissue paper to hold my design in place and then slowly removed it and filled the middle with smaller rosettes. Either way works, it’s just all about how many ribbons you have and what design you chose.

Equestrian Ribbon Jar Adding Rows

Step 4: Keep Adding Rows

Repeat step 2 by adding your next row of ribbons, again choosing how much your want the ribbons to overlap vertically. I didn’t do much overlapping, but I also didn’t have a ton of ribbons to work with. After each row is set, I added in more tissue paper to keep everything held together.

Equestrian Ribbon Jar Top

Step 5: Top It Off

Once you’ve added in all your rows, I usually save a few ribbons to place on top, so that if you’re looking down on the jar, you still see a rosette. After I pop those on top, I close the lid and voila! You have a beautiful equestrian ribbon jar to put on display.

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23 thoughts to “How to Make an Equestrian Ribbon Jar”

  1. I’m like a little kid when it comes to ribbons. I ALWAYS HAVE TO TAKE THEM ALL HOME WITH ME! Most of my friends don’t care and leave them at the end of the show. Not me. I take them all home. Currently I have year-ends hanging up in the dining room and the rest piled on what should be a bar cart… And a few boxes of them in storage… and some at my mom’s house still…
    I have a carriage house that someday will house a tv room. When that day comes, I plan to cover it in ribbons and trophies and what not. A few of these jars would be so pretty! Thanks for the tutorial! And I like that you folded up the streamers rather than cutting them. DON’T DEFACE THE RIBBONS!

  2. So pretty! I need to do this with the ribbons from my middle school days. It’s much classier looking than how they currently are. Great tutorial!

  3. Now THIS I can do. It isn’t over involved and doesn’t involve cutting up the precious satin. And it’s probably a better storage solution than a 15 year old cardboard boot box. 😉

  4. I really want to make one of these for Beef’s ribbons. I wish that I had more, but I think that I can make it work with a smaller jar.

  5. Hahaha! I love how you’re so organized! I made one of these last year. Except that I just shoved everything in without any rhythm or reason other than trying to keep pretty ones to the front. That’s a great jar… I’ll have to take a look at Target when I go down to Florida at the end of the month.

  6. clever idea to stuff with tissue paper! i need to do something like this… this seasons ribbons are hanging on my horse’s stall, but everything older has been unceremoniously deposited in my car’s trunk… it makes me a little sad for them!

  7. I love this! I don’t have a ton of ribbons – I never thought about filling the center of the jar with tissue. Genius!

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