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Cutting Bulk Ribbon

I was recently asked the best way to cut bulk ribbon for invitations, programs, etc.  Here’s how I do it…


  • Chipboard, cardboard or other VERY firm cardstock
  • Tape
  • Scissors – I suggest 2 pair.  One should be reserved for cutting fabric and ribbon only.  Cutting paper badly dulls scissors and will not cut ribbon well.
  • Ribbon (obviously!)


First, figure out how long your ribbon needs to be. Using your regular scissors, cut a piece of chipboard or cardboard HALF the width you need.  In this example, we need 16 1/2″ pieces so the chipboard is 8 1/4″ wide.

Then, tape the end of your ribbon to the top/middle of your board.

Wrap the ribbon around the board, slightly overlapping each piece. I’ve only wrapped the ribbon around a few times in this image but normally I would use the entire length of the board.

Then, starting at the top where the ribbon is taped down, begin cutting straight down the center of the board.

When you are done, you should be left with pieces of ribbon equal in length! Remove the taped ribbon. Repeat the process until you have everything cut.

NOTE: The pieces will not have a perfectly clean edge to them, but you’ll need to trim them after tying them regardless as most ribbon frays very easily.