Negatives as Ribbons


Planning to give out something for your lomo loving friends this holiday season? Why not try adding a touch of lomography to your gift by attaching this easy to make film ribbon? It’s fun, easy, and eco friendly too. I’m pretty sure you have a couple of film negatives that you’d like to dispose off properly so why not recycle it, right?

Things you need:

  • Super glue/Double-sided tape (you can also use a stapler)
  • Scissors
  • A roll of film negative

Cut out 6 strips of film negative at 5 1/2 inches long. We’ll start off with the first layer. Grab 4 strips and just simply twist each to create a loop; hold it in place with superglue. Fold the sides of the bow/s (see image) to get a firm diamond shape. You need to do this else you will have a hard time placing/layering the ribbons all-together. Also, it adds a classic vibe on your ribbon. The fifth image in the gallery below is how the first layer should look like if you stick ‘em together. The strips needed for the second layer are thinner and can be achieved by cutting a strip in lengthwise. Use the 2 remaining strips to get 4 thin strips. Fold and loop just like the first layer and stick them together. Take a look at the last image in the gallery below. That is how they’d look like together. See the difference? The second layer loops/bows are thinner and smaller. They look bouncy too.

The third layer is where you need to add a little piece of your imagination. It is a must that you personalize your ribbon. You can add bits of cut sprockets or create leaf and petal like designs which you can glue in the middle. Here is one of the third layer design that I have made. I cut out some petals from what is left of the negative. Cut an inch of strip, roll it, and stick it in the middle. There are tons of ways to do the third layer. You just need to push yourself and think out-of-the-box. Time to layer ’em! Just simply lay the second layer on top of the first one; make sure you space them evenly then finish it off with the third layer.

You may add some finishing touches to the body with the remaining film negative too. Cut some bows, some strips of sprockets. Anything goes, let loose my dear lomo-friends. And there you go, you now have your recycled negative ribbon. So, wrap your gifts and stick it. Don’t forget to add a Christmas card for kicks! Why not use a film box for that?

Try using different film negatives to get different effects on your ribbon as film brands/type differ in color. Some films give out this purple-ish hue and some give out this slight green tint on them. So, don’t you think this is fun? Instead of buying ribbons from stores you can just save them up for more lomography needs in the future, right? And you’re also helping mother nature! Recycle ‘em films and hit me up with the designs that you’ve created!

written by brilliantgreen on 2011-11-26 #gear #tutorials #art #film #diy #negative #tipster #recycle


  1. mafiosa
    mafiosa ·

    Cute idea.

  2. kneehigh85
    kneehigh85 ·

    This literally looks amazing - I love it

  3. icuresick
    icuresick ·


  4. dearjme
    dearjme ·

    I'm definitely diggin this.

  5. boobert
    boobert ·

    great tipster! very creative!

  6. neanderthalis
    neanderthalis ·

    If only I can get some of those ribbons on boxes filled with cameras under my tree :D

  7. brilliantgreen
    brilliantgreen ·

    @neanderthalis : Same sentiments. :p Shall we put our cameras back to their boxes and wrap them up for Christmas? jk. XD

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