When we had our game dinner to mark Casey’s return and reconnect with close friends, Taylor, Abbey and I pursued a romantic feel for the table décor to counteract the manliness of the game meat at hand. Nothing says “feminine” to me more than silk ribbons, and I remembered several ribbon altars and wedding aspects I’d seen recently, like these:
While I didn’t need anything to this scale, it struck me as an economical and environmentally conscious alternative to floral altar equivalents. So, I made one stop at the craft store for two simple items and set to work.
This is quite possibly the easiest thing I’ve ever taken the time to craft, and while it’s been accused of being a little “gypsy” looking, whatever that means, I think it’s simple, elegant, and a great addition to any table or party setting.
- wood dowel, at least 1/2″ thick and 2.5 ft. long
- spool of ribbon (you’ll probably need about 20 yards to make the version I show here) in colors and thickness of your choice — I chose gray/silver 1″ ribbon
- hook, nail, or pushpin for hanging
1. Determine the length of ribbon you need — as my ribbon chandelier was just going over a table, I cut approximately yard-length pieces
2. Cut about 20 pieces of ribbon, depending on thickness. It’s ok if they’re not the exact same length.
3. Tie the pieces of ribbon onto the dowel at the far end of one piece of ribbon in a double knot. You can either alternate which side (shiny or matte) shows on one side in a random pattern, or you can display one side consistently.
4. Tie a piece of ribbon that’s slightly longer than the dowel to either side of the dowel for hanging.
5. Hang from a hook, nail, whatever’s easiest!
The possibilities are endless for this project in terms of color, scale, length, you name it! Get crazy with it!