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Hanging Fabric Ribbon Hoop DIY

by Chiara Alberetti Milott

What do you do when you’re co-hosting a baby shower, you’re in charge of decorations, and you live 612 miles away from the shower location? Perhaps you’d make these hanging ribbon hoops and pack them in your suitcase, ready to unfurl and hang when you arrive the morning of the party.

Since I live in New York and the shower was in Ann Arbor, Michigan, I needed to make some suitcase-friendly, portable decorations. It couldn’t be too big or too fragile – I needed something that would survive the flight intact. These ribbon hoops were just the ticket. They’re virtually indestructible – just fabric and hula-hoops. The shower was held at a local flower shop called Pot and Box – which has a beautiful event space off the back, with high ceilings, white walls, and floor to ceiling shelves piled high with pretty vases and containers.  I knew there were pipes and metal hooks on the ceiling, so that hanging the hoops wouldn’t be a problem.

Materials needed: strips of fabric, hula-hoop, scissors. (I used a 20” diameter hula-hoop, and it took about 60 strips of fabric cut into 2” inch strips. There’s no need to be exact though. You can add more or less fabric strips depending on what you have).

Step 1: Cut your fabric into 2” x 40” – 48” strips.

Step 2: Fold a strip of fabric in half, lay it under the hoop, and then flip the bend of the strip over the hoop. Pull the two loose strips through, tightening as you pull.

Step 3: Continue all the way around, until you have enough fabric strips to cover the hula-hoop.

Step 4: Shake out and smooth the fabric ribbons down, and hang.

My friend Abigail’s beautiful baby boy arrived 6 weeks early – so he was able to make an appearance at his own baby shower. Not every baby can boast that ~ welcome, Baby Ezra!

Everyone at the shower took turns scrapbooking and decorating one-sies and bibs for the baby.  The food was all potluck, and the homemade peach cupcakes finished off a sweet celebration.

  1. priscilla kwak

    August 29, 2012

    love the hanging fabric ribbon hoop idea! enjoyed all the photos too!

  2. Erica { }

    August 29, 2012

    What a gorgeous idea!

  3. The New Diplomats Wife

    August 29, 2012

    what a beautiful idea – it could easily be incorporated into the nursery decor too after the shower as well.

  4. Seriously Sassy Mama

    August 29, 2012

    Love that idea!

  5. Tiffanie

    August 29, 2012

    This is fantastic, especially because there are so many variations for this, and because it’s so portable. Very pretty!

  6. Mrs. Biscuit

    August 29, 2012

    That is so cute! I usually think that tied ribbon or cloth things like that are too frumpy, but yours look perfect and SUPER easy to make! I think I could definitely make them and LOVE them if I kept the ribbons all a similar length…

    Welcome to the world baby Ezra! =)

  7. özlem

    August 29, 2012

    very practical and very pleasant.

  8. Sarah

    August 29, 2012

    I am so in love with the ribbon mobile. It’s such an easy thing to do. Iv’e been to showers where they decorate onesies and it’s SO MUCH FUN!

    – Sarah

  9. Bellenza Bistro

    August 29, 2012

    You always make being creative so much fun! Love this idea…and how it can be modified to suit so many different occasions!

  10. caroline

    August 29, 2012

    so easy, so cute. what a wonderful baby shower decoration. i hope the mama-to-be will reuse them in the baby’s room!

  11. Dana

    August 29, 2012

    I love this! Going to make it for my girlfriends new baby’s room. Thanks for the post.

  12. Hannah Margaret

    August 29, 2012

    Everything in this post is spot on. I love the photo of the tiny baby, her party looks fabulous!


  13. McKenna Ryan

    August 30, 2012

    I love the hanging ribbon hoops!! They would be so fun to make with bright pink fabric for my little sisters 7th birthday. Thanks foor the inspiration.

  14. Elena @ Randomly Happy

    August 30, 2012

    Great mix of fabrics and genious idea to tie the ribbons at different lengths. Helps make the whole piece much more dynamic. Glad to see I’m also not the only one to think these would look great in a baby’s room.

    Looks like a great party!

    x Elena @ Randomly Happy

  15. Kacie

    August 30, 2012

    This is so simple and so nice. I love the way distressed fabric works in a project like this.


  16. AnneEvans

    September 2, 2012

    where do you find little chalkboards?

    pretty party!

  17. elies

    September 4, 2012

    thank you for sharing 🙂

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