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DIY Award Ribbon that Kids can Design and Make



My daughter rides horses at a barn in our town. Recently, for a fun, festive “game day,” I designed a DIY award ribbon station where children made their own award ribbons. Each kid got to design one that would later be given out to another one of the students at the barn. In this post, I’ll show you how I designed this activity and how it turned out. Any links that go to Amazon are affiliate links. I appreciate your support in this way. To see my full disclosure click HERE.

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Each final award ribbon consisted of a button with a sticker inside, a 3 – 12″ piece of thick ribbon, a 1 – 24″ piece of thick ribbon, a 1 – 24″ piece of thin ribbon, a 1 – 24″ piece of cord/string and a piece of cardstock for the backer to hold it all together.

I did as much as I could ahead of time to make this project run smoothly the day the kids made their ribbons. I planned for 20 ribbons to be made (adjust your numbers based on how many final ribbons you need). To prepare, I did the following…

  • Cut 20 round pieces of construction paper and put them in the buttons.
  • Cut 20 round pieces of cardstock (for the backer piece).
  • Cut 60 12″ long pieces of thick ribbons in various colors (each student needs 3 to make a ribbon).
  • Cut 20 pieces of 24″ long thick ribbon in various colors.
  • Cut 20 pieces of 24″ long thin ribbon in various colors.
  • Cut 20 pieces of 24″ long cord/string ribbon in various colors.


DIY Award Ribbon from Art with Jenny K. Ribbon set up.



Printable Instructions Download

I like students to be as independent as possible. It not only helps them – but it also helps me keep my sanity (what little I have left). So, for that reason, I typed up the instructions for this activity, printed them, and put them in frames so I could put them out on the table along with the supplies. The idea was that kids could go step-by-step, read the instructions, and make their ribbons.

If you’d like the printable version of this project so you can do the same, I have it available for you to download HERE.

Who is this for?

My daughter and the children at the barn made these ribbons for their equestrian event – however, I shared this project here on my site because I think it could easily be adapted for parents and teachers. Especially with how we designed the buttons – you could do just about anything!

DIY Award Ribbon from Art with Jenny K. Kid shots.


Once you have prepared your supplies and set up for your students, then you can get started. I will explain each step so you can easily do this with your students! Don’t miss the photos of the kids making their ribbons at the end of this post!

DIY Award Ribbon from Art with Jenny K.

  1. Make the top section of the ribbon.

    You’ll need 3 – 12″ pieces of thick ribbon to do this step. You can see the exact ribbon I used in the supplies list above. You can use one color for all three ribbons or use a variety of colors – designer’s choice!

    First, arrange the pieces in a star shape and staple them in the middle to hold them together.

    Then, fold each end into the middle – there will be 6 of these ends to fold into the center. Then, staple the middle to hold all the pieces together.

    DIY Award Ribbon from Art with Jenny K.


  2. Make the button using stickers.

    Now that the ribbon topper is created, you’ll want to make the button. To do this, I used a variety of fun horse stickers. However, you could draw your own pictures or cut pictures out of magazines for this. If you use stickers like we did, you’ll want to remove the back of the sticker first and place it on a circle piece of construction paper that fits inside the button.

    Then, replace the back of the button and pin it to the ribbon topper (younger children might need help pinning to the ribbon so they don’t hurt themselves).

  3. Create the long strands of your award ribbon.

    To start, pick three long ribbons (24″ long). You’ll need one 24″ thick ribbon, one 24″ thin ribbon and one 24″ string/cord. Have some fun with the colors! After you have gathered the three pieces then fold them in half so you have 12″ on each side. Then use hot glue to attach the long strands to the back of the ribbon. This step might need adult supervision with the glue gun (depending on age of students and the size of your group).

  4. Pull it all together by adding a back piece and by trimming the strands of ribbon.

    To start the last step of this DIY award ribbon project, you’ll want to cut a piece of card stock into a circle shape that is slightly larger than the button. Then (also with supervision), hot glue the back piece of card stock to the back of the ribbon – on top of the long strands you just added. Adding this piece will help hold everything together.

    Then, trim the long strands to clean them up or angle them (if desired).

    Optional: add a loop of yarn/string to the back so the final ribbon can be hung up.

Tested & Approved

The kids and I made these ribbons, which were later used as prizes for a small barn school show. Here are some pictures of the kids making their unique ribbons.

DIY Award Ribbon from Art with Jenny K. Kid examples.

If you decide to do this project, I’d love to see what you make. Please tag me on social media using @artwithjennyk and share the DIY award ribbons you’ve made!

Thanks for reading!

Jenny K.

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Extra Credit!

Pop Art Wild West Coloring Pages

Wild West interactive coloring sheets + pattern-filled designs – This set of “pop art” coloring sheets features a variety of Wild West images that are challenging and fun for students and make a great accompaniment to your lessons and books you read on the Wild West, cowboys, etc. Great for Rodeo Days or other such studies.

This set now includes 4 interactive designs AND 4 pre-pattern-filled designs. This makes these coloring sheets great for grades K-8 (and above)…and teachers love to color and design these as well!

There is a design for…

  • ahorse head
  • cowboy/girl hat
  • sheriff star
  • cowboy/girl boot

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