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Pretty printed ribbons, a tutorial

I designed a wedding inspiration earlier this month. I hate having to wait to share it with you! One of the projects from the shoot has become a tad of an addiction for me, so I thought I would give you a quick peek…

Printing on ribbon! You can do it & it is super easy-

Although fair warning being able to personalize your ribbon gets quite addicting.

Materials needed for ribbon printing:

  • An injet printer (if you don’t have one they are super cheap to pick up thrifted)
  • A length of ribbon (I have found flat/ matte ribbons work the best)
  • A small amount of double sided tape

How to print on ribbon:

  • Print out a copy of the words you would like to appear on the ribbon to check for spacing.
  • Cut your ribbon to size and double tape the ends onto your printed paper, be sure to cover the words exactly, text will print on the ribbon exactly where your words are placed.
  • Run the paper with ribbon attached through the printer on the heavy paper setting.
  • Let dry *Important, do not touch the ribbon for about 20 minutes to insure the ink has time to set.
  • Peal off the ribbon and enjoy your creation!

Use your ribbon to adorn a surprise gift, to personalize a birthday card, or to make a stash of exceptionally lovely party labels.

PS. I am so excited to share with you how I incorporated this into our wedding inspiration shoot, soon!



  • chelsea
    July 22, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    this is awesome!

  • Tegan M.
    July 22, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    BRILLIANT! I can’t wait to do this. :)

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  • Kelly Irene
    July 23, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    Thanks for sharing this! One question: If the ribbon is longer than the paper, do you just let it trail off the back end? Will it get stuck in the printer??

  • Vicky
    July 23, 2010 at 2:32 pm


    Kelly, yes- If the ribbon is longer than the paper make sure you tape it down at the end of the paper and then let the end trail off behind. I have to manually pull the long ends through when pulling out the paper but it worked just fine.
    *The only thing is that the ribbon cannot be longer in the front or it will jam up your printer- so you have to have the length in the back:)

    I’d love to see what you come up with!

  • [email protected]
    July 26, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    I love this!!! It’s something my hubby and I have both wondered about but were afraid to try! Thanks for sharing how to do this!

  • Ruth
    August 12, 2010 at 1:46 am

    That is such a cool Idea. Do you think it work with a thin Twill tape?

  • emily
    August 12, 2010 at 5:37 am

    oh, can’t wait to try this one!

  • Elizabeth Santamaria
    August 24, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    Clever!! Thanks for sharing!

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  • Nancy Ward
    September 29, 2010 at 7:02 am


    Wanted you to know I posted a link to this tutorial today on my blog, PaperFriendly.

    Nancy Ward

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  • Amelia Harris
    March 9, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Pinned! Love this! Thanks so much! :)

  • shas
    May 31, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    wow.. amazing idea. will definitely try this, thanks for sharing.

  • FionaRees
    July 10, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    what a brilliant idea! I just loved this idea of personalizing a ribbon and the steps you have shared to accomplish this task is quite easy. Thanks for sharing this wonderful post.

  • Joan Schuls
    August 20, 2016 at 2:13 am

    Need some help. I have tried doing this but it is not working. I have followed all of the steps
    but when it comes to run it through printer I am lost. I have a HP jetink printer.
    How do I run it through? My printer offers 3 options, scan, copy black, copy color.
    Hope to hear from you. Thank you. Joan

  • Rolene
    May 29, 2019 at 11:22 pm

    Hi. Will the ink wash out?

    • Victoria
      May 30, 2019 at 6:27 am

      I’m not sure. We did this as a wrapping project, so I never tried to wash them. Let me know if you do! Thanks.


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