Saturday, May 14, 2011

iLoveToCreate: Large Paper Accordian Award Ribbons

My uber-crafty friend Alice volunteered to make the award ribbons for her kid's school family picnic.  She enlisted my help (of course I am ALWAYS up for a crafty challenge!) and after much brainstorming we got to work!

We gathered the supplies:
  • Chipboard flower books (found at Tuesday morning)
  • Scrapbook paper, scored and folded like an accordian (12 inches long)
  • Chipboard/cardboard circles
  • Various types of glue: Aleene's Quick Dry Tacky Glue, Hot Glue, and Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Spray 
  • Various die cuts, stickers, letters, ribbons, etc.  Anything that you want to attach to the award to distinguish what it is a prize for.
  • Cut the scrapbook paper into strips, the large award above uses paper about 3.5 inches wide, the smaller circle in the center uses 2.5 (or so) strips... we did a variety of sizes
  • Score the paper with a scoring board.  We have no photo, but this was done ahead of time with a borrowed board.
  • Fold the scored paper into accordians... then stop and take photos of all the fun colors and textures.
  • Glue 2-3 strips together, end to end.  Hot glue worked best for this step... quick drying time is a MUST! 
  • Grab the Tacky Spray and liberally spray the individual chipboards... this should be done one at a time to avoid the spray drying too quickly.  Also, do this outside or in a very well ventilated area.
  • Add glitter to the freshly sprayed boards 
  • We were making several boards, so we used a variety of colors! 
  • While the glitter is drying, take your folded accordian strips and make a circle as shown.  Glue the ends together with hot glue.  **This step is pretty frustrating, enlist the help of a friend if possible ;-) 
  • Have your chipboard on hand and ready to go.  Add a circle of hot glue around the outside. 
  • Add the chipboard to the BACK center of the now-circle accordian paper.  Hold it in place until the hot glue dries.  The chipboard keeps the circle in place and keeps it from popping up.  If you get to this step, you will understand! 
  • Repeat for as many circles as you are making.  Large, small, and in-between they are all the same process.  We used the Quick Dry Tacky glue on some smaller ones and it worked just fine.  This might be a better option if you are doing this project with kids.
  • Stop and admire your hard work, thus far.  So fun! 
  • Lay out your pieces and arrange them how you would like.  We did large accordian, glittered chipboard, medium accordian, then the top piece on some (left side photo) and on the right we put the glittered chipboard, then layered accordians and chipboards to give deminsion and fun! 
  • Add your finishing touches... looped ribbons and this super-cute frog sticker were PERFECT for this 'Frog Jump' race ribbon... but the sky is the limit!!  
  • Cut 2.5x12 inch strips of the same scrapbook paper as the accordians are made from, and add them to the back to make the ribbon tails.  

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