DIY ideas. Make your own swatch cards

What you need:

  1. Cutting board.
  2. Ruller & pensil.
  3. Cutting knife / scissors.
  4. Transparent tape.
  5. Hole puncher.
  6. Floral vinyl paper.
  7. Thick paper 26 x 36cm (10''x14'') , 300g/m²  paper (I used Arches watercolour paper).
  8. Ribbon.
  9. Eyelets and tool - optional.

See shopping list at the end of the article.


I have 48 different colours of ribbons, each ribbon is 2'' / 5cm wide, so I decided to fit 6 ribbons per sheet. I cut a sheet of paper in half making each sheet 5''x 7'', giving me 8 sheets.

Cut paper in half

I then put a layer of tape on one edge of each sheet of paper - this is where I will be punching holes, so the tape will stop the paper from tearing.


Now cut the decorative strips - two strips for each paper (front and back). I cut 16 strips for my project.

Cutting decorative strips

Stick the stips firmly to the paper and punch holes.

Punch holes

Now the most sticky part - mark your paper equally and decide where you will be cutting the wholes for feeding through the ribbons.

Marking the paper

Now feed through your ribbons


I also suggest using eyets. I presses golden eyelets into the holes position. Eyelets will give your work a beautiful finishing as well as practical use - they will stop your ribbon cut through the paper.

Eyelet tool

Finishing your work

Finish your work by feeding the ribbon through the wholes.


Work finished

Ribbon swatch book

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ANSIO A1 Double Sided Self Healing 5 Layers Cutting Mat 

Prym 6 x 24-inch Omnigrip Non Slip Angles Ruler 

 ARCHES 26 x 36 cm 300 gsm - Natural White (Pack of 12 Sheets)  

Rapid Hole Punch 

 d-c-fix® Sticky Back Plastic (self adhesive vinyl film) flowers 45cm x 2m 

10mm wide double faced satin ribbon (pale blue)