Vintage Repurposed: Prize Ribbons

It’s turning out to be Vintage Repurposing Week on the JSIM blog. Sure, why not have a theme!

On my trip to Manhattan a few years ago, I met a young artist in a smoothie shop wearing a rosette on her jacket with a gold snake adorning it. Completely inspired, I started collecting vintage rosettes, aka: prize ribbons. I found some on eBay and several at the flea market and a few at Recycletown. The eBay lot was something like $13 for 25 plus shipping. Most of mine come from horse events.

There’s no end to the ideas I have for these rosettes. I’m covering little keepsake boxes and vintage tins and here are some photos of different ones I’ve embellished. I’ll be selling some at the craft fair in November.

Home Sweet Home Petaluma rosettes.

Vintage deer brooches on pink.

And a best friend award, for anyone who has ever seen me in a bathing suit and didn’t hand me a towel.

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21 Responses to Vintage Repurposed: Prize Ribbons

  1. #1 - Laura says:

    what a great idea!
    what did you use to attach those deer heads?

  2. #2 - Cathe Holden says:

    Laura, I used E600 adhesive.

  3. #3 - SmilynStef says:

    How fun are these … love them all.

  4. #4 - dandyapple says:

    Oh! I love the best friend one.

  5. #5 - Tania Wood says:

    Awesome! I would like to know how you got the “Home Sweet Home” onto that button. Did you stamp it on and then use the glitter. I am impressed by your skills. Do tell.

  6. #6 - Cathe Holden says:

    Hi Tania, For the Home Sweet Home button, I left the original award button in place. I made a color copy to size, just a bit bigger than circle to wrap over edge. Then I used Mod Podge to apply the paper. The Mod Podge softens the paper and allows the wrapping effect, nice and smooth if the fold over is minimal, otherwise you get gathering and puckering. Then I have some glitter glue that has a tiny tip, I traced the lettering and used German glass glitter. With GGGlitter, be sure to keep airtight your creations until time to sell or use, it oxidizes to dark grey.

    There you go!

  7. #7 - Kandice and Rob says:

    LOL… “for anyone who has ever seen me in a bathing suit and didn’t hand me a towel” – Amen!

    These are really cool.

  8. #8 - MizSmoochieLips says:

    Awwww! Those are soooo sweet!

  9. #9 - cupcake studio says:

    Those are so awesome! Lucky craft show attendees 🙂

  10. #10 - sara berry says:

    What a great idea for repurposing those things! I want to make award ribbons for everyone I know!

  11. #11 - Glitter and Bliss says:

    I absolutely love these!! I also love your blog….


  12. #12 - BeckyKay says:

    These are lovely!!

  13. #13 - Cinnamon*Sticks Boutique says:

    Hi Cathe!
    Thanks for stopping by :o)

    Love the ribbons. my fav is the top one with the rinestones!
    Have a fabulous week.

  14. #14 - domestic bliss says:

    are you selling these? They are divine!

  15. #15 - Melissa5 says:

    These are beautiful! I will scour every thrift store for prize ribbons. I would love to do an entire Christmas tree with them.

  16. #16 - Lindsey says:

    Geez! The creativity never ends! I love the idea of using them for photo display…I may have to copy that one!

    { Lindsey }

  17. #17 - Lindsay says:

    If you're interested, I have a set of these prize ribbons with blank centers for sale in my etsy shop!

    Check it out here:

  18. #18 - Cathe Holden says:

    SOLD! Thanks Lindsay!!

  19. #19 - Christi York says:

    Where is this magic place called “recyletown?”. I want to go to there!

    • #20 - Cathe Holden says:

      It’s not as magical as it used to be and you have to frequent it enough to get lucky. It’s part of our local landfill where people can drop off usable goods. More miss than hit, but I still find goodies now and then : )

  20. #21 - TXJennyWren says:

    These are a GREAT idea. I have not seen any of these at any resale/vintage shops to purchase to remake, however. I wonder if we could figure out how to make our own with ribbon?