#ISO Award Ribbons with Cricut Joy

how to Make Satin Award ribbons

This craft project is a collaboration with Cricut – This post contains affiliate links

In these unusual times of self-isolation, schooling from home, and what appears to be a huge resurgence of baking, I thought it would be fun to inject a little bit of levity into our days.

Make this set of DIY #ISO Award Ribbons to present to family and friends who deserve a little smile.

funny award ribbons

If you’ve struggled to help you kids with their math work, spent way too much time binging Netflix, or only just managed to change out of your PJs, these award ribbons are for you!

Celebrate the little wins I say.

Funny award ribbons

Made with my new Cricut Joy cutting machine

Cricut sent me their latest, practically pocket sized cutting machine, the Cricut Joy to try out. It’s so handy for making small projects, and with it’s new mat free technology, it can cut lengths of vinyl up to 6m long.

Cricut joy cutting machine

Its compact size (5” x 8”) means that you can conveniently DIY fun personalised projects almost anywhere.

The Cricut Joy is button free and uses Bluetooth to connect to your phone, tablet or laptop for easy on-the-go crafting.

cricut design space on phone screen

I’ve custom designed these ribbons, but have included a link to my project so you can make as many as you need.

If you don’t have a Cricut Joy, this project can be made with any style of Cricut cutting machine. I used the ‘Smart’ iron-on heat transfer vinyl, but regular iron-on vinyl with a mat can be used to make these award ribbons also.

Let’s make Funny Isolation Award Ribbons

Funny award ribbons made with Cricut iron on vinyl

With eight designs to choose from there is something here to reward everyone.

Make just one design, or make them all!

Funny award ribbon DIY craft project

Most Banana Bread Made award ribbon

I’ve officially awarded myself the Finished Netflix ribbon, and am working towards the Most Banana Bread Made ribbon. Here’s my delicious Banana Bread recipe if you are interested.

You will need:

Cricut Joy Award Ribbon Supplies required

How to:

Prepare the design for cutting iron-on vinyl

1. Download ribbon designs from list above. RIght click ‘save image as’ to save to your computer.

2. Upload the PNG files into design space and remove white background. In canvas create rectangles the size and width of your ribbons to help position your design. Deselect background rectangles. If you would like to cut vinyl out of assorted colours. Select the different colours at this stage to set up multiple mats.

cricut design space project set up

3. Click on ‘Make it’ and select material. Choose without mat if using ‘smart’ material, or with mat if using regular iron-on. Make sure you select ‘mirror’ for iron-on vinyl.

cricut design space project set up

Cutting and preparing vinyl

3. Follow the Design Space instructions and feed vinyl into cutting machine (shiny side down) and start cutting function.

Cricut Joy cutting machine

4. The Cricut Joy cuts even the finest of details. Trim into separate ribbon designs.

heat transfer vinyl cutting details

5. Remove excess vinyl, taking care not to remove any of the design.

heat transfer vinyl cutting details

How to make award ribbons

Finishing Award Ribbons

6. Using pinking shears, trim ends of ribbon, cutting to a length of about 22cm (8.5″).

using pinking shears to cut zig zag edges

Trim award ribbons with pinking shears

7. Plug in and warm up your Easy Press 2 and select temperature according to the instructions on the Cricut Heat Guide. I’ve selected the base material as Polyester. Recommended settings – 155C/315F, preheat fabric for 5 sec.

how to iron on Heat transfer vinyl onto satin ribbon

8. Position iron-on vinyl designs onto ribbons, cover with non-stick baking paper and press (with light pressure) for 30 sec. Flip and press for a further 15 sec.

How to use cricut Easy Press 2

9. Gently remove liner when cool enough to touch, (but still slightly warm).

Peel off liner plastic How to make award ribbons

10. Repeat with remaining award ribbons.

How to make satin award ribbons

I tried using both metallic and holographic iron-on to see how the effects differed.

The holographic vinyl was really stunning in person, but a bit trickier to photograph, so I opted for the gold and silver metallic iron-on on all the ribbons.

Award ribbons with holographic vinyl transfer

Weeding the holographic vinyl was much harder compared to the metallic vinyl. I’d recommend using the holographic vinyl on simple designs only.

Emma insisted on an award presentation ceremony since school assemblies are no longer on the cards.

Fun award ribbons for kids and adults

Who will you you present your Iso Award Ribbons to?



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