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4-H Ribbon Recycling

Published on Saturday, August 2, 2014

With county 4-H fairs wrapping up and state fairs beginning, I started thinking about all of my old 4-H stuff that is still adorning my parent’s bookshelves in my old room. What will I ever do with it all?

I have collected countless mementos, pictures, and probably at least 100 ribbons over the 10 years I was in 4-H and I know they won’t let me keep it in that room forever. Come to think of it, my mom probably has it scoped out to be her dream sewing/crafting room once I finally downsize.

                         A little throwback for you from my very first year in 4-H with my first ever
                                Grand Champion project -Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies!

Have any of you ever had this dilemma? If you or your children were/are in 4-H, you can probably relate to how quickly these things take up shelf space.

This is where I am torn. All of those things hold special memories from my 4-H years and I don’t want to get rid of them, but I know I can’t leave them in a box on my parent’s shelf for the rest of time either…so what do I do with them?

One of the skills I learned while in 4-H was how to find creative uses for old things so I decided to start researching ways to repurpose these items. One idea I came across while on Pinterest was to how to make a ribbon wreath! My 4-H ribbons would be perfect for this project!

It’s pretty simple and turns out looking really cute! You can get as creative as you want with this, but for the basic wreath you only need three easy supplies:

Basic wreath – You can buy these at most craft stores at low cost (my favorite for this is a vine wreath)


4-H ribbons – The best ones to use for this have the round buttons on the top but you can use the traditional ribbons too (Or see the bottom of the page for other ideas for traditional ribbons)


Hot glue gun – don’t forget to get extra glue sticks, they run out faster than you think!      


Then all you have to do is start arranging them how you want on the wreath and glue them down. Simple, right!

TIP: To avoid the trouble of removing a ribbon once it is glued down, pin them on first to decide how you want them to be organized, and then glue them down one by one.

Once you are finished your wreath should look something like this!

                                                     Photo courtesy of Funky Junk Sisters.

Also, if you have any 4-H pins or other mementos, you can add those on as extra embellishments.

Like I mentioned above, if the majority of your ribbons are the traditional ones you can use the them to make other crafts such as quilts, pillows, etc.


Have any of you ever tried to make anything like this? If not, I encourage you to try it! It can be a fun craft to do on a weekend or rainy day.

If you try it out, I would love to see your final results! Post a picture of it in the comments section or upload it to our Facebook page and post the link.

Good luck and I can’t wait to see all of your creativity!

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8/5/2014 1:18 PM

does anyone know how they sew the ribbons together for the quilt or the pillow? is it just a very shallow seam or do they sew them to fabric underneath?

Beverly Martin

8/5/2014 7:11 PM

I overlapped the ribbons and used invisible thread. Then I sewed the rows making a 1/4 inch seam on tops and bottoms. I've made 3 queen size quilt tops and one for my neice with T-shirts for top and put ribbons all around the edges and had them machine quilted. On each one I found a ribbon the boys had let their animal chew on it because it was theirs ribbon they won it.


8/21/2014 7:13 PM

What a wonder idea for 4-H ribbon and also Home Extension ribbons,Tractor pull ribbons. I have so many,but hate to part with them, Not sure if I could use glue on them.Might think of a sewing idea... Of course there was alot with 12years in 4-H, a leader too, and Home Extention and Tractor Pulling. etc... Great idea and loved the article. MY pins we received, for all those years.I had a braclet made with some of them. Still have more to add.

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