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Ragamuffin Garland & a Giveaway {winners!}

Welcome to another Ribbonista group post!  One day, while browsing Pinterest for ideas, I came across a pin for ragamuffin garland.  Well, what a ribbony wonder was this and why haven’t I seen it sooner?!  I immediately linked it up for the Ribbonistas to check out and soon enough we were planning this post.  It has been so much fun to see the various interpretations from the same idea.  But, enough of my rambling…on to the giveaway and ragamuffins! 

The giveaway:

2 prizes of 1 spool each.  That’s 2 chances to win!  What you have to do: comment right here. 

I will announce the winners right here on Monday, May 12th.

The ragamuffins:

Charlene Driggs:

Shabby Chic Ragamuffin Gift Bag

This project was so much fun!  My decorating style isn’t shabby chic but my gifting style is!  Styled after some very pricey purses and made entirely from the scraps in my ribbon drawer, (except for just two ribbon styles), I think this gift bag would make an amazing gift for a wedding or baby shower. Click here for more details!

Courtney Lee:

Playroom Ragamuffin Garland

We were challenged to create a Ragamuffin project based on some inspiration. At first I was all jazzed to make it it into a baby mobile by using foam balls and then covering them. But… then this wall was SO bare in the play room that I just had to fill it with fabulous May Arts Ribbon as I will be able to use this for years and years!   Click here for more details!

DeeDee Catron:

White Ragamuffin Garland

I took the term “Ragamuffin” pretty literally, and distressed up some of my favorite ribbons. Cutting them apart, knotting them up, tearing them, and more. I did a white on white version to anticipate using it year long in all my home decor bits!  Click here for details!

Gini Williams Cagle:

Ragamuffin American Flag

I was so excited when the Ribbon Lady asked if we would like to make a Ragamuffin project, because I had seen a flag similar to this one on Pinterest.  Of course, I knew how beautiful it would be with May Arts ribbons. I tied all of my “stripes” onto burlap and then I was ready for the “stars”. The new star garland ribbon was just what I needed.  I  spritzed them with mist to them to make them look a little more vintage and glued them onto a piece of canvas that was misted a denim color.  I just tied this over the ribbons and this Stars and Stripes project is ready to hang.  Click here for the details!

Jen Shears:

Girly Ragamuffin Garland

My ragamuffin project uses neutrals and pinks- it is perfect for my sweet girl’s bedroom! Head over to my blog for the details on all the ribbons I’ve used!  Click here for details!


Shellye McDaniel:

Ragamuffin Window Decor

Ragamuffin Window Decor

 When choosing the ribbon for this project, I picked an array of textures such as lace, sheer and grosgrain in fun colors to match my daughter’s room.  I took a 5 foot length of pom pom trim and used it as the base to tie everything to.  In cutting the ribbon’s ends, I chose pinking shears so that they wouldn’t fray too much. My daughter loves the look and the splash of color that it added to her plain window treatment!

Virginia Fynes:

Ragamuffin Nursery Decor

Ragamuffin Nursery Decor

I chose a combination of bright and fun pink, oranges and whites for my rag banner. I used it as a decoration for a baby shower, and then the new mom took it home for baby’s nursery. The banner was so easy to create. I used small binder clips tied to the center ribbon strand at the ends to easily hang the banner.

I hope you’ve been inspired to create a ragamuffin of your own!  If you do, link it up below.  We’d love to see it!  

Don’t forget to post your comments to enter to win 1 of 2 prizes!    Good luck, y’all!



 We have some winners:

Lucy E.
These ragamuffin banners are so fun and pretty! Thanks for the chance to win!

Susan ~ Killam Creative
These are neat! Gini’s project inspires me for a mixed media project I’m working on now. Thanks!


Congratulations, Ladies!  Email me at [email protected] with your shipping address to claim your prize!

**all winners have 2 weeks to claim their prize**

 **when emailing, please note which giveaway/prize you are claiming**


  1. Lucy E.

    How exciting! Thank you so much!

  2. Toni Storie

    Such a great idea and it is completely doable!

  3. Liz O.

    This looks like a fun way to use ribbon scraps, thanks for the inspiration! I especially love Gini’s creation.
    Thanks for all you do and share!
    Have a wonderful day!

  4. Nikki C

    WOW these all look amazing 🙂 Love how you’ve all done this thanks for the inspiration hugs Nikki

  5. Mary Mac

    All of these projects are just lovely, but the flag just takes my breath.

  6. Kathleen Spaeth

    Great job! What a delightful, and colorful, Blog Post to open. Seriously I think you should start calling yourself the Ribbon Raggamuffins. Cheers to you all!!

  7. Martie Rollin

    This is one of the BEST site entries I have seen!Love that American flag…I am so inspired to create one of these for my coming Americana holidays! I’m really enjoying the various interpretations by your designers. Each is a wonderful addition to a room! Thank you for all these ideas! Happy Mom’s Day!

  8. Leslie Kiley

    I love these wonderful ideas for using my ribbon stash! So many places to use these garlands!

  9. shartl

    What creative ways to use ribbon! My favorite is the flag project! Great distressed look!

  10. Ava Gavloski

    wow, this is a sky’s the limit challenge. Great show piece’s from the designers… thanks for sharing loads of inspiration.

  11. Emily Tuz

    I love seeing someone else’s creativity at work. While this would be a new type of project for me, I love seeing the different ideas others have come up with!

  12. {VICKI}

    LOVE these!
    but my fave is the flag!!!!

  13. erin

    Love the variety of the different DT projects, so many beautiful ribbons and such an easy way to add a little texture to a room.

  14. Virginia Fynes

    Everyone’s rag banners are fabulous! Creative imaginations these DTers are!

  15. Patricia B

    I love all of these ideas! I, like so many, save every scrap of ribbon and always wonder what I’m gonna do with it! Well, now I know! Ribbon basket here I come!! lol Tfs

  16. jenni farnes

    omigosh! these garlands are ALL fabulous…each designer using that fabulous May Arts ribbon (drool) and their own inspiration to create these fabulous ragamuffin garlands. i love them all! thank you for a generous giveaway, for your inspiring blog and for having thee best selection of fabulous ribbons anywhere. i adore ribbon. my motto: you can never have enough ribbon.

  17. Lucy E.

    These ragamuffin banners are so fun and pretty! Thanks for the chance to win!

  18. Marilyn H

    I love all the garlands. So pretty!

  19. Sue D

    Wonderful ragamuffin projects. My favorite is Gina’s flag.

  20. Jeanette Munson

    I love all the projects! The flag is my fav. Maybe because my son is in the air force. I really want to give that one a try.

  21. Joni

    Love these ribbon banners. They are so colorful and so much fun.

  22. Laura Turcotte

    What great ideas!!!! This is great fun, I want to make one for my DD’s room, and I’m sure she would want to help me! TFS!

  23. Carla Kielar

    So many great ideas. I’m moving soon and would love to try this in our new home.

  24. Terri Burson

    Everyone’s projects turned out great! Thanks for the great ideas!

  25. TracyM #6773

    FUN & FABULOUS projects – It is wonderful to see SO MUCH ribbon & trim used so creatively – WOW!!!
    … I hate to choose favorites, but Gini’s flag and Charlene’s gift bag are AWESOME!!!


  26. Doreen

    These are so cute. Must make.

  27. Georgia Cressman

    All of the ragamuffin art pieces are lovely…..such fun to be creative with no real rules!!

  28. Denise Bryant

    These ideas are all so fun! Love the Ragamuffin look! Great way to use scraps too!

  29. Michele (by belle)

    These are all fantastic! I love them all but I am so drawn to the flag…love it!

  30. Kim Street

    The ragamuffin banners are wonderful!! So simple, yet so pretty. I absolutely adore that flag!!! Thanks for the fun ribbon giveaway.

  31. Sharon Konkus

    I love the flag made out of ribbon, really cool. Thanks.

  32. Gavi Slutzkin

    What a fun shaggy look!;D

  33. Robin Buchholz

    What a creative idea, they are all so pretty! I especially love Jen Shears garland, it would look great in my daughters room.

  34. L.r. Smith

    I am in absolutel LOVE with these projects.. They’re super cute and I never would have thought to do some (hahaha, most of them)
    Thanks for the ideas!!!!!

  35. Janet

    Oh my I love those!!!! I am making me one for my scrappy room! I sure have enough ribbon!

  36. Anita Spears

    I’m really begining to love this style more and more as I see so many gorgeous projects! The flag is outstanding! My brother recently retired from the Army after serving 20 years so we are always looking for projects that allow us to honor his service and show our support for all of our troops! Thank you for showing such a wonderful collection!

  37. barbara macaskill

    These are all quite beautiful but I have to say that Gini’s Flag and Dee Dee’s white on white have my heart racing!! I am torn between which one of these two is my absolute favorite!!! Both could be displayed year round and would make any room a happier place to be! Thanks for sharing all of this loveliness! Would love to win a spool so I could get to work on creating a ragamuffin garland for my home! Thanks for the chance to!

  38. Diana Fernandez

    What a fabulous post! These are all beautiful!

  39. Anita

    I love decorating with ribbon. I have made mini garlands out of scrap ribbon on cards and scrapbook pages. After seeing these ideas, I am going to add ribbon to an Aerial banner I am making for my granddaughter’s birthday party.

  40. Doris K.

    I love the colors and all the projects

  41. Stacy Caddy

    Beautiful…. Now I want to make one… Thanks for the ideas.

  42. Doris K.

    Love all the colors and looks

  43. Kailash

    These are all such fabulous projects and so many great ideas. It’s so inspiring to see different ways of creating with ribbon, love it!!!

  44. Lyn Kaufmann

    This is a really cool idea! I’d love to try this out! I could use a greens and blues for my youngest daughters room.

  45. stamping sue

    so many beautiful ribbons used for these ragamuffin projects! just wonderful!
    stamping sue

  46. Nicole Bell

    Such great decor ideas using ribbon… love that American Flag.

  47. Carla Hundley

    Oh how fun! I’m going
    to make one for my
    new scrap room shed
    I’m having built!
    Carla from Utah

  48. Heather Thompson

    Oh my those are so neat, I love the different color and texture combos!!! great idea!

  49. Kimberly S.

    What a great idea! Love them all. 🙂

  50. Amy M. C.

    What a cute idea! I love the flag. I’ll have to remember this for all my scraps! Thanks for the chance to win some ribbon!

  51. Susan ~ Killam Creative

    These are neat! Gina’s project inspires me for a mixed media project I’m working on now. Thanks!


    1. Susan ~ Killam Creative

      Oops – Gini’s project! Darn autocorrect. 🙂

  52. marylouh

    I love the garlands over the valances. This would jazz up a plain valance and could be changed as the season or your mood changes. What a great way to use up pieces of ribbon that are odd-sized and taking up space. thanks for sharing a wonderful idea.

  53. Janet Cobb

    These are all fantastic…but my favorite is the flag!!

  54. Sharon B

    I LOVE the smaller length for the ribbon garland. Ijust adore the colors that Shellye McDaniel used. That gives me tons of ideas. I’m planning a baby shower so I might use this.


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