3 Great Uses For Extra Grosgrain Ribbon

After you wrap up a few presents with grosgrain ribbon, you might be tempted to tuck it away in your gift-wrap supply box until the next holiday. However, grosgrain ribbon, which contains a tight weave and ridges that keep it looking crisp, can be used in lots of other interesting ways. Here are three great uses for extra grosgrain ribbon, so that none of it goes to waste:  

1: Lanyards

Everyone needs somewhere to keep their keys or name badge, which is why lanyards are so handy. However, lanyards can be expensive—especially if you get them from the department store. Fortunately, lanyards are easy to make if you have a sewing machine. By simply running grosgrain ribbon through your key ring or that name badge hole and sewing the ends into a loop, you can create a one-of-a-kind lanyard. Making your own lanyard also means that you will have the chance to customize the length.

2: Scrapbooking

Grosgrain ribbon is also especially handy if you like to scrapbook. Ribbon can be wrapped around the edges of a photo to create a colorful frame, or wound up to create a one-of-a-kind flower for a page. By cutting ribbon, you can also create interesting fabric shapes to decorate pages. If you are worried about that fabric fraying, you shouldn't be. By simply treating the cut edges with a few dabs of clear nail polish, it will stay in place for years to come.  

Grosgrain ribbon is also great for showing color swatches. For example, if you are making a scrapbook page about your first home purchase, you can use ribbon to show the original color of the carpet, or the shade of paint that you chose.

3: Home Décor

Since grosgrain ribbon is available in a huge variety of widths, colors, and patterns, you can use it to add visual interest to several areas of your home. Here are just a few places you might be able to spruce up with a little extra ribbon:

  • Lamps: Consider gluing a strip of grosgrain ribbon along the bottom of your lampshades. In addition to adding a little life to that boring beige shade, it also might illuminate whenever the light turns on to give your walls a pop of color.
  • Holiday Decorations: Use grosgrain ribbon to wrap that Christmas tree or hallway banister.

The next time you find yourself with a little extra grosgrain ribbon, take a few minutes to make something else out of that incredible craft supply. You never know, you might be able to save money, while creating something truly unique.