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Ribbon Card Holder

Photography: Anna Williams

Source: Martha Stewart


Ribbon card holders descend from extra-large tuxedo bows, bound tightly in the middle for a billowing effect; cards slide into “pockets” created by gluing narrow satin ribbon at various intervals.


  • Scissors

  • 4-inch-wide ribbon

  • Card envelopes

  • 9-mm-wide ribbon

  • Fabric glue (such as Magna-Tac 809)

  • 20-gauge wire

  • Self-adhesive hook, for hanging


  1. Cut a 40-inch (or longer) length of the wide ribbon. To make an even notch in the bottom, fold ribbon in half lengthwise and cut on an angle from outer edge to center fold; unfold. Since you'll likely be making this before holiday cards arrive, lay out five or six card envelopes along front of ribbon, some horizontally and others vertically, keeping 1/2 inch between them. Lay a narrow ribbon down each side (about 1/2 inch in from edge). Secure narrow ribbon to wide ribbon between the envelopes, using fabric glue. Trim ends of narrow ribbon to run parallel to angles of bottom notch.

  2. Take tuxedo bow; wrap center tightly to cinch bow. (We used a 12-inch bow made from 25-inch-long wide ribbon.) At back, knot narrow ribbon around center band, then rotate narrow ribbon so its knot is concealed inside. This will be the loop from which bow will hang.

  3. Cinch top of tail: Twist a piece of wire into a loop. Fold top corners of wide ribbon under about 1 inch (top edges should be flush); at the same time, press the top center in with your thumbs, forming shape shown. Secure folded-over ribbon with dabs of glue, and glue wire to center. Using a removable self-adhesive hook, hang tail first, and then bow.

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