Confession time – I love to collect vintage horse show ribbons. This means I have a mild obsession and will spend too much money on said obsession. And then I hit the mother-load. My wonderful father in law brought me a TON of new-old stock ribbons, a riding helmet, and show memorabilia – freaking jackpot! Most of the ribbons are wrinkled and crinkled and no heavy book is going to touch the wrinkledness. I’ve googled and researched about ironing and using water and damp towels but no one seemed to have a real solution that isn’t going to take 30 minutes a ribbon. One morning it dawned on me, there IS an easy way to straighten horse show ribbons and it was in my bathroom the damn whole time.
The solution to wrinkled show ribbons? A straightening iron set on medium heat. Not kidding – it took me less than 5 minutes to get most of the wrinkles out. I didn’t use any moisture – just lightly ran the ribbon tails through the straightening iron. A few searches revealed that the lettering was coming off when people used water or a damp towel with an iron so I didn’t even try that method. FYI – my iron has a high setting of 25, I set it on 10 for this DIY.
Check out the results!
Some days I feel like a genius.
And then other days I just feel overwhelmed.
So what am I going to do with my new stockpile of amazing vintage ribbons? I do plan to sell a few of the repeats (remember, new-old stock) at the vintage shop is the plan but for now, they decorate my classroom.
If you’re looking for ideas for your show ribbons, check out my Pinterest board!