Wear An Orange Ribbon to Show Your Support

The color orange now has a new meaning. And here’s an orange ribbon to prove it!

orange ribbon in grosgrain for awareness of firefighters, volunteers and their familiesThroughout the year, colored ribbons celebrate and honor many occasions and holidays. Each ribbon, whether a badge ribbon, a ribbon roll or a rosette ribbon, can stand for different things depending on colors. And now there is a new meaning to an orange ribbon.

In order to shed a “positive orange glow” in Canada, Judy McPherson from Penticton, British Columbia, came up with the idea of wearing an orange awareness ribbon to support firefighters, volunteers and their families.

“People just want to do something, anything to show their support. There is never anything said negative about it when I approach people,” said McPherson. “There are so many people doing so many other things too, I just want to make sure the firefighters see it and know we are supporting them.”

McPherson moved to the Okanagan from the Coast and said it was while sitting at the beach watching helicopters filling their buckets as they dumped water on nearby fires that she decided she wanted to do something to show her support and gratitude to the firefighters. The idea of the orange ribbon was born and she started creating them and handing them out to friends, family and even strangers.

orange ribbon as awareness ribbons for supporting firefighters, volunteers and their familiesSo, put on your glow and make an awareness ribbon!

First, choose the ribbon color that best suits your cause. Then start by cutting a section of a ribbon roll that includes your entire text. This text can be the name of your cause or a person’s name. It can also be the date for an event you might be holding. Or, you can choose to have a blank ribbon and cut your ends to your liking.

Next, form a small loop in the ribbon. Make sure to leave each end hanging down so that any text shows at the ends without the center crossover covering it. Secure this together with either a small piece of tape or a dab of glue.

The final step is to choose a fastener for your awareness ribbon. (View the full tutorial.)

Product Highlight: Blank Badge Ribbons

Decorate your own blank badge ribbons to meet any need!

Sometimes you just need a plain, flat, colored ribbon. This is where custom blank badge ribbons come in handy. These ribbons can be used in most any way, and here are a few suggestions.

blank badge ribbons have many uses - use them for branding during conferences and conventionsWith the abundance in color variety, these badge ribbons can be used to differentiate between attendees at a convention or students in a classroom. Give orange ribbons to volunteers at a conference and purple to attendees. Use the different colors for different assignments in a classroom. Or stack the colors for different achievements in any setting.

Blank badge ribbons are perfect for crafts and scrapbooks. DIY projects may need a little extra color and these ribbons are a great way to add it in! Use the adhesive to attach the ribbon to a scrapbook page. And then write on them with a permanent marker to personalize it in any way. Attach ribbons to picture frames for a bright embellishment. Use your imagination and get as creative as you need to!

One of the most obvious use for badge ribbons is name badges and badge holders.

blank badge ribbons have many uses - use them for parties and other events and gamesUse these colorful ribbons to help your brand stand out from your competitors. Use the adhesive strip to attach them to the bottom of your name tag at a conference or convention. Or just use around the office. Each ribbon is useful for handing out to employees or customers. Use these ribbons in contests or give-a-ways that your company might have.

From family reunions to summer work parties, another great use for these blank badge ribbons is party games. Use the different colors for different games or organization during the festivities. Design your own game using badge ribbons and either focus on the colors or write on them with a permanent marker.

Whatever your use, blank badge ribbons are the perfect solution. And the best part is that you can order yours today! Choose from over 30 colors and 2 orientations at Personalized Ribbons.