I’ve been wanting to make one of these for a while and finally got around to it. It’s actually a pretty quick and easy project. It might be the easiest DIY I’ve shared. This ribbon browband is done in the Sharktooth pattern. I hope to do another post with other patterns in the future.
- 1 used browband: try to match your bridle’s leather color. Flat is easier, but I used a raised browband and it was fine.
- 2 colors of unwired ribbon in 5/8″ width. You can use other widths, this is just the width I chose. You need about 4 foot of ribbon for this width, but more if you do a narrower ribbon.
- Hot glue gun and scissors
For the instructions, I am going to refer to each ribbon by my colors, but you will obviously do the steps with whichever colors you’re using.
- 1. Cut 4′ of each ribbon and tie them together. Make sure you leave 4-5″ of extra ribbon. Do not tie the knot very tightly as you will re-open it later.
2. Slip your black ribbon through the browband loop.
3.Wrap your red ribbon around the browband diagonally and then wrap the black ribbon around diagonally over top of the red.
4. Don’t worry if the design isn’t perfect right away, you’ll come back and fix it at the end. Wrap the red ribbon diagonally over the black ribbon. Your red ribbon edges should be lined up next to each other as if the black ribbon weren’t there.
5. Bring your black ribbon up from the bottom so that it’s edge also touches the previous black loop’s edge. Peel back the red ribbon on the diagonal so they can be lined up perfectly.
6. Then lay the red ribbon down across the black and pull it around to the backside of the browband. On the backside, peel the black back diagonally and press the red down along the edge of the previous red loop.
7. Keep going like this wrapping 1 color at a time diagonally across the browband keeping the edge close together and lifting the other color to get a straight line.
8. Once you get to the end of the browband, thread your red ribbon through the browband loop. Then tuck your black ribbon through.
9. Add a small drop of hot glue to the base of the ribbon and press the black ribbon down.
10. Make sure the glue is dried then cut the excess off.
11. Repeat the glue process with the red ribbon.
12. Now go back to your knotted end and untie your knot. At this point, you can use your extra ribbon and work backwards a few diagonals to get the pattern perfect.
13. Repeat the glueing steps from the other side.
14. That’s it; you’re done! All you need to do is add it to your bridle.
Because of his super thick forelock, you can barely see it, but Eugene debuted his ribbon browband at the LAHHA Schooling show.