Today we’re sharing a little bit about a new product line that we’re really excited about: our custom manufactured blank award rosettes. Sold blank (or monogrammed or embossed by arrangement) our ribbons can be individually customized in a number of ways to create the perfect prize, prop, or décor.

In 2007-2010, the same years that TwistedNotions was launching, I hosted a series of horse shows. Afterward, having over-ordered horse show ribbons and dealing with lots of leftovers, I began to explore the many non-horse show related uses for award ribbons. Ribbons are much cheaper than trophies and are elegantly complementary to floral arrangements. There are many ways in which I found award ribbons to be both handy and beautiful. Read on for a few of my favorite uses.

1. Wedding and formal event decorations

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Barn weddings are in style and here to stay. Whether your wedding or event is hosted in a rustic stable, event barn, or a more traditional banquet hall, our rosettes are a beautiful
non-floral way to elegantly decorate for your event. Reminiscent of the classic elegance of vintage equestrian style, there are many ways to integrate “horse show ribbons” into the decor for your wedding.

Award rosettes can be elegantly tucked into the boughs of flowers, added to pew flower arrangements, and are especially popular as chair back decorations. Our unprinted horse show ribbons can be custom made in your weddings colors or color combinations, for a very small fee we can add embossed lettering with your name, monogram, or wedding date. Horse show ribbons make especially elegant additions to stable weddings, weddings that include horses or carriage, or any wedding with a classic style.

Ribbons are perfect as a cheap filler for floral arrangements during winter weddings when flowers are the most expensive and difficult to source sustainably. Rosettes can be hot glued to dowel rods or skewers and inserted directly into the floral foam of an arrangement. Not hosting a wedding? Consider using them as décor to turn heads at your next Kentucky Derby Party.

award ribbon on the back of an event chair
Our MG40 Double Rosette makes a dramatic chair-back decoration.

2. Marketing Materials

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Customers shop visually, and a first-place ribbon decorating your trade fair booth, market booth, or product mock-up can draw customers and investors in a way that words and logos can’t. Purchase our plain blue first place ribbons to communicate visually the superiority of your product or business. This can be especially helpful for demonstrating in a visual way the non-physical awards your product or business has won, or in instances when the award is too heavy or expensive to display at events away from your home office.

3. Award Ribbons as Christmas Decorations

Red ribbons have long been a signature of holiday décor, and red rosettes add a charmingly elegant equestrian look to the traditional tartan plaids and deep green hues of Christmas trees and evergreen boughs. Consider adding red rosettes to Christmas trees or garland for a dramatic flair that’s unique and easier to style (and store from year to year!) than red ribbon bows.

Make your own horse head wreath and add a ribbon!

Make your own horse head wreath and add a red rosette for holiday flair and equestrian authenticity

4. Stage Props.

Many times people purchasing blank award ribbons are purchasing for stage productions or outfitting a specific location that requires the use of an award rosette, either as decoration in a room or as a prize to be given to a winner in a competition. Our ribbons are particularly well-suited for this purpose, because they are blank and unprinted (and less specifically arranged for custom printing) and because our ribbons are made with the heavier satin ribbon than imported versions.

5. Single awards for your club, competition, or race

When you are managing a small show or competition, purchasing ribbons can be frustrating. Most retailers are set up to provide ribbons for large events that need dozens of ribbons and require custom printing. While we do offer custom printing and quantity orders, we specifically cater to individuals and businesses who need just a handful of ribbons – or perhaps just one – to add a professional touch to a small competition. Because our ribbons are made in the USA with a heavier than usual satin ribbon, they add a high and touch to the smallest events.

Handing out awards is often the highlight of a competition. Create dramatic and photo-worthy award ceremonies by using our ribbon’s built-in metal hangers and a safety pin- which can be added to clothing during or before the award ceremony.

How to quickly pin a ribbon rosette on a award winner


6. Ribbons for parties, retirement gifts, and gag gifts

Solid black award ribbon

Make your own personalized award using our blank award ribbons. You can purchase blank ribbons and then use a variety of methods – including foil transfer, adhesive vinyl letters cut out with a cricket or silhouette cutting machine, or even paint pens – to create custom awards for just about anyone or anything. You can add names to your ribbon, placing, or add text celebrating a milestone such as retirement or maybe just getting out of bed and adulting.

7. Classroom Incentives

customers have told us how well these ribbons work in classrooms and institutional settings for rewarding achievement or as behavior incentives. It can be difficult to offer
non—food incentives that are creative. Stickers and small toys make great awards but can become less exciting with time used as rewards. Our award rosettes are exciting and dramatic and promote enthusiasm, cooperation, and academic achievement in your classroom. Our ribbons are extra-durable, making them work great for rotating awards (for example giving the same ribbon to different students each week).


8. Equestrian Décor

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Rosettes are classic elements in an equestrian themed room or home. If you’re letting your horse-crazy daughter dream up a new bedroom, ribbons may be a perfect decorative element- they look great framed, loose in gallery wall arrangements, in shadow boxes, or on bulletin boards. She may dream of earning her own ribbons someday- in the meantime choose the perfect colors and blank unprinted rosettes to keep the style simple.

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