Martha Stewart Living, December 2003
For a concentric design, make small circles, then larger ones, working from the spool and holding the ribbon at the bottom.
Staple at bottom (use a mini stapler if a larger one won't fit); trim end of ribbon.
For teardrops, hold ribbon in middle, and loop to either side; staple in middle; trim.
Run a scissor blade down ribbon, from middle to ends, varying the tension for tight or loose curls. Gather ribbons; cinch in the middle with a length of thinner ribbon. Affix with a hot-glue gun.
Accordion-fold ribbon from spool in equal lengths (three to five inches), making 27 points (14 on one side, 13 on the other). Stack folds; use a needle to pull a piece of thread through the stack at the bottom (where the loose ends are). Knot thread loosely and cut. Open folds into a circle; or for a fuller look, use double-sided tape to connect two half circles.
These trimmings are same ol', same ol' in the world of gift wrap, but a few twists can turn them into something new. Concentric loops, held together with a staple, impart a modern look. Long teardrop shapes are unabashedly pretty. Accordion folds make a flower or a lone sunburst rendered in ribbon. As for loose spirals, there's only one rule: The more, the merrier.
Give It a Whirl Bend wide ribbons (which hold their shape) into a geometric medley, or repeat one shape for a bold statement. Affix with double-sided tape, hiding staples with more loops of ribbon.