Spring Plaid Art Tutorial

So you may recall in my Flower Garland post that my center shutter was blank.

I normally put a wreath on it but I just wasn’t sure if that is what I wanted this go around.

I was up in my craft room and was staring at all my spools of ribbon (I think I’m a ribbon addict) and decided I should do something with all the bright colors.
So I decided to weave them to make a plaid background.

Here’s the how-to:

-Glue Gun
-Foam core board (cut to the size you like)

Cut your ribbon into strips about an inch longer and wider than your board.
Decide on your pattern the placement of your ribbons.

Glue one end of your ribbon onto the back side of the foam board.

Flip the board over and pull each ribbon straight.

Next, weave each long ribbon one by one, over and under the ribbon that is already glued down to create the plaid pattern.
I chose to use all different ribbons but you could always use the same ribbon for both the width and height of the board.

Once you have all the ribbons weaved together, pull the ribbon tight that you glued in the beginning and then place a small amount of glue on the edge of the board. Then flip the board over.
This way when you flip the board, everything should stay in place.
(Trust me… I tried flipping without doing this more than once and had to start completely over!)

Once it’s flipped, glue down all the extra ribbon onto the back.

I then had to figure out what I wanted to place on top and thought that I couldn’t go wrong with a monogram. So I pulled out some gray felt and cut out an M.

Added a ribbon hanger and then hot glued the M on and done!

I love how it all came out!

Up close shot of the weaving ribbon.

Just what my shutter needed! Something bright and cheery for the spring! 🙂

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  • Krafty Kat
    March 31, 2011 at 12:08 am

    That turned out really cute!

  • Katie
    March 31, 2011 at 12:25 am

    That is so cute! I love the bright color it adds to your decor! And I haven't seen anything like that yet! Love it!

  • Jennifer
    March 31, 2011 at 12:28 am

    I love this!!! So simply! I love those foam boards too because you can do so much with them!

  • NicoleD
    March 31, 2011 at 12:43 am

    So cute! Love how you used different sizes of ribbon. It looks really great with the flower garland. Great job!

  • Amy @ Positively Splendid
    March 31, 2011 at 12:53 am

    What a cute, clever idea. So darling, and perfect for spring!

  • Prairie Patch
    March 31, 2011 at 1:40 am

    I really like this! I've been doing a lot of weaving lately, so this is something I'm definitely going to be trying soon.

    Tracy All Thumbs Crafts

  • Beverly @ FlamingoToes.com
    March 31, 2011 at 2:47 am

    This is super cute!! I really love the ribbon you used – it makes a perfect centerpiece to your cute shutters! 🙂

  • The Answer Is Chocolate
    March 31, 2011 at 2:53 am

    Oh my cute! This is so genius and original!

  • Kelly
    March 31, 2011 at 4:13 am

    How Fun!!!!I'd love it if you Linked up to the Glitter Party!

  • Mel the Crafty Scientist
    March 31, 2011 at 5:14 am

    This is AMAZING! I can't believe you managed to weave together all of those ribbons and didn't end up with an icky glue-y mess! I think I might have to try this… : )

  • Alison@Oopsey Daisy
    March 31, 2011 at 6:07 am

    No freakin' way! This is one of those projects that I never would have dreamed of. It's so cute!! Nice work, friend!

  • Christina
    March 31, 2011 at 10:49 am

    I love it, Allison!! I would never have thought to do it…and I LOVE ribbon & monograms! 🙂

    Great job …and thanks for linking up too! 🙂

  • Katie
    March 31, 2011 at 11:49 am

    I love this!!!!!

  • Jessica Lauren
    March 31, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    This is awesome! Love the colors!

  • radn
    March 31, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    That must have been a lot of work! Love how it turned out!

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  • Mary@Redo101.blogspot
    March 31, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    Love the colors, love the plaid – really cute! "Followed" your blog!

  • Kirsten @ Mushki Loves
    March 31, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    Thank you for hosting linky party! I'm your newest follower.

  • donatella
    April 1, 2011 at 2:03 am

    love this so much! it's what i need pronto. thanks!
    I found your blog @ chic & crafty party


  • Katie's Nesting Spot
    April 1, 2011 at 2:46 am

    Oh that's really cute and colorful, I love the color combination and how cheerful it is. Now it'll look like spring even if it's cloudy outside. I'd love for you to link it up to this week's A Crafty Soiree on my blog.

  • Katie's Nesting Spot
    April 1, 2011 at 2:49 am

    Oh my, what a dork I am! I saw your link on another linky party and didn't realize you've already joined us! Thanks:) I do really love it and wanted a handy link on my blog so I could come back and see it over and over. I have so much ribbon I'm thinking I really should make one myself.

  • Rachel
    April 1, 2011 at 5:28 am

    love this!!! the colors are gorgeous… thanks for sharing!

  • Rose :: FineCraftGuild.com
    April 1, 2011 at 9:30 am

    I like the woven look and the cheery colors. well done. it has a spring/summery feel to it, and looks happy!

    come link your tutorial up with us in our party, which you can find on the homepage.

  • @pril
    April 1, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    This is so cool. I saw you at Feature Yourself Friday at Fingerprints on the Fridge.

    Today is my blog's first linky party. I would love for you to add this: http://koolbeenz-blog.blogspot.com/search/label/Funky%20Fresh%20Fridays.

  • Madigan at madiganmade
    April 2, 2011 at 3:05 am

    How clever and cute! I love it with and without the monogram. What fun spring colors. Love!

  • Rachel
    April 2, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    It looks so cheerful! I love it!

    Rachel @ Maybe Matilda

  • Jaderbomb
    April 4, 2011 at 9:40 am

    Allison!!! Thanks so much for linking up!!! I LOVE THIS CRAFT, WILL HAVE TO DO!!

  • Jaderbomb
    April 4, 2011 at 9:41 am

    Oh forgot to tell you I put a new button up on my page if you want to add to your link ups 🙂

  • Katie
    April 5, 2011 at 2:24 am

    That is soooo cute! I cannot wait to make one for my baby daughter's (her name is Allison too) bedroom door and for our front door. You are awesome and crafty! :o)

  • Anonymous
    April 6, 2011 at 12:13 am

    I love this idea! I am a ribbon addict too. Do you think this would work as a bullentin board?


  • Julie Bagamary
    April 7, 2011 at 12:12 am

    Very cute and colorful!

  • A Pretty Life in the Suburbs
    April 8, 2011 at 12:55 am

    This is so lovely!

  • Katie
    April 9, 2011 at 2:47 am

    My god-daughter and I made ours today and they turned out awesome! Thanks for your super duper cute idea! :o)

  • katy
    April 9, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    That is so pretty, you did a great job.

  • SAS Interiors
    April 10, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    I loved this creative and fun project, and featured it as my top pick for this week's Saturday Spotlight. CONGRATS!! Please stop over, http://www.sasinteriors.net, and grab the "I've been featured" button on the right sidebar.

    ~Jenna, SAS Interiors

  • skatebettyT
    April 10, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    Hey, I saw this linked on AGAAGG and I adore weaving with ribbon. This just gave me my newest project inspiration! I love this!!

  • Alayna
    April 10, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    I was just minding my own business,blog surfing, when BAM! AGAAGG featured this on her shout outs today and can I say WOW?! So simple, but the colors and different widths of the ribbon is awesome! I am not a ribbon hoarder, yet. But I am a fabric hoarder, so I think I will spend a day and iron some fabrics in varied widths to shamelessly copy you. With ALL the credit going to you, because as anyone who knows me knows, I am very good at copying, not so much as creating on my own.