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.
Materials for an Equestrian Ribbon Jar
- Horse Show Ribbons
- Cylindrical Jar with Lid ($15 from Target)
- Gift Tissue Paper
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…
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!
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.
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.
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.