Velvet, grosgrain, satin or silk, ribbons are more than just Christmas gift packaging. Ribbons stir our emotions and add richness to our lives. At Signet, ribbons have been key to an alcohol brand launch succeeding in breaking into the market for women gin drinkers. It was a Valentine’s Day promotion that went off with a boom for Bloom. Ribbed, branded hangings for Christmas tree miniatures that catch the eye and water the tongue stole the show for Sipsmith, and golden ties for the luxury Abahna bathing product bottle charms to hang from. That’s to name but a few. But once that premium bottle is uncorked, what happens to the fancy presentation?  It doesn’t have to be scrapped.

Irwin Levine used ribbon as a symbol of love in his famous song ‘Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree’. The yellow ribbon displayed in public has become a uniting symbol displaying solidarity in a stirring call for the recovery of missing and unjustly imprisoned persons. Pink or white ribbon can be made into bows on homemade brooches and sold to raise money for lung and breast cancer. Ribbons can decorate tables and food gifts, festive displays and home hangings. This year (to save you from fear, of adding to the growing mass of waste polluting the environment), we have some reuse and upcycling tips and tricks for that beautiful unpackaged ribbon.

If you are fond of festive tradition and British custom, ribbons can make or decorate the perfect wreaths. A wire circle, bound with ribbon and finished off with pinecones and berries, makes an elegant door hanging or even a gift. Saved until Easter, Easter basket handles are traditionally wrapped in ribbon, and finished off with ribbon corsages. On Valentine’s Day, red ribbon completes a beautiful handmade card for your loved one. Come summer, a tall pole in the garden adorned with ribbons forms a brilliant Maypole for children to dance around. Ribbon is perfect for hanging baubles on the Christmas tree. For the festive table centrepiece conversation starter you can spray your empty bottle in gold sparkle paint and stick holly and berries to the side and some wintry stems inside, with ribbon to decorate the neck. We have found a helpful link for making simple bow ties for that Noel celebration party: https://www.keepingitsimplecrafts.com/tutorial-tuesday-ribbon-bow-tie/

Upcycled ribbon can become the lattice for memo boards keeping your precious notes, photos or even sunglasses safe. It can tie around jars of homemade jam, honey or pickles to give away. Create cute keyrings to personalise your bunch or retie around a gift. Babies and toddlers love ribbon tags on muslins or blankets, and it doesn’t take any complex stitching to add them. And you know those chilly winter days when you have to defrost the car for the school run and you want to take a hot coffee to warm you up? Try making a felt sleeve adorned with ribbon to protect your hands from the hot cup and to insulate your caffeine kick.

What better ways to keep customised Signet ribbon out of the refuse pile and lighting up lives along with those special Christmas spirits?

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