what not to do with glue and ribbon

posted 3 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I would try contact cement.  It is very thick and not watery, so it won’t soak into the ribbon.  Barge is pricy but the best.  Use with adequate ventilation- even the newer blue formula. 

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I just made my diy card box today and it was very costly… a lot more than I anticipated… and I had the exact same problems with glue and ribbon as you, I assure you! Right now my fingertips are covered in super glue, krazy glue, elmers glue… well the elmers washed off actually but I had the same problem with the ribbon, nothing was working on it… I ended up getting just regular plain old super glue. I wanted the gel because its exponentially easier to work with and doesn’t spread quite as much as the regular liquid formula but the way things were going, I’d take just about any type of glue at that point.

Okay, so how I trimmed the bottom of my box with ribbon is I took one end of the ribbon and super glued it straight to the backside of the box so you can’t see the ugly marks. Then with the other end, I pulled the ribbon tight and super glued just the very end of it to the backside of the box. I did not use super glue anywhere else on the ribbon because I just figured if I pulled it tight enough, it would stay in place. I also figured, no one is really going to touch it or play with it so the things don’t need to be glued perfectly.

I’m thinking with your currect situation, I’d just buy some more ribbon and try doing what I did. Just lay the ribbon right on top of what you’ve already glued to your box and just secure it in the very back where no one will see it anyway (if its against a wall).

I hope this helps and I hope the box gets easier for you. I honestly wish I hadn’t done mine because I could have done so many other things with the money but it’ll definitely be cute and different. Let me know what you decide to do about your box.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Try spray adhesive. Most are pretty strong and won’t seep or leave wet splotches once used correctly.

 

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

@applehilluser:  have you tried the adhesive product called dots? they are adhesive dots that are like a gel and do not need to dry. they are also incredibly sticky and easy to use. best part is no wet marks and crumpling from liquid products 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I use double sided tape, works like a charm and is cheap 🙂

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

oops, it posted it twice. Do you have a picture to share? I am getting ready to make mine and I am looking for ideas and such

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

@applehilluser:  that is what I though too when I first saw them. However, they were much thinner in reality and show at all. If they are still too thick they can be stretch to form a thinner layer 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Pics!

Post # 15
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Awe! And see! You were worried for nothing! It looks phenomenal! It looks like you did it without a hitch! Good job, its very cute and it definitely looks better and way cuter than anything you could find in the store! 🙂 Nice work!

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I ended up glueing my ribbon to a piece of flexible poster board, I still had a bit of bumping but I was able to minimize it compared to all the stuff I was trying before. Then I used velcro to connect it to my cake. That way I figured if the ribbon looked awful I wouldn’t have already put it on my box, and could try again. But in hindsight I wish I had used double sided tape (even if it’s not intended for fabric). At Joann Fabrics they have these really strong and really thin glue dots that I really like. 

 

 

 

I already glued all the flowers onto the ribbon, even though the ribbon itself is only velcroed on and I could re-work it all I becided against it. In the big scheme of the big day I decided not to worry about my imperfect ribbon. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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