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How to Decorate a Container using Ribbon

Adding a decorative band of ribbon to a container is a fantastic way to add interest without adding much expense.  There are many different alternatives available in ribbons.  Burlap, lace, grosgrain, tulle, and satin are a few of the materials the ribbon could be made of, not to mention the endless colors available.  Ribbon can be added alone or a small embellishment can be added to help hide the seam.  The possibilities are endless!

RibbonMaterials Needed:

  • Candle Container (filled or empty)
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon
  • Glue Gun
  • Embellishments (optional)

Cover your work area with wax paper. Hot glue drips are most times unavoidable, and this makes clean up much easier.

Ribbon Step 1

Step 1 – Prepare your area

Start by gathering your supplies to make sure everything is readily accessible. 

Ribbon Step 2

Step 2 – Adhere ribbon

Use a dot of hot glue to adhere the edge of the ribbon to the container.  If you are using a wide ribbon, use several small dots to make sure it holds properly.  Center it if you would like, but the placement of the ribbon can be wherever you choose.  

Be careful not to burn your finger when placing the ribbon.  Use the tip of an unsharpened pencil, a skewer or toothpick to keep your skin out of harms way.

Ribbon Step 3

Step 3 – Cut to length

Wrap the ribbon around the container and cut it to the proper length.  It can overlap slightly or perfectly line up with the other end.   

Ribbon Step 4  Step 4 – Secure to container

Secure the ribbon in several spots with small dots of hot glue to make sure the ribbon doesn't move when the container is handled. Try to hide the glue so it is not easily visible.  Hot glue the edge to completely secure the ribbon.   

 Ribbon Step 5

Step 5 – Add embellishment

Use an embellishment, such as a bow or flower, to cover the seam.  Use hot glue to affix the embellishment to the container.  

You may skip this step if you choose.   

Ribbon Step 6 


An elegant look for a container that can be customized in many ways.

NOTE:  Make sure to keep any flammable materials, like fabric or artificial flowers, on the outside of the container.  Having these items too close to the wick can be a fire hazard.   


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